Fishing & Boating News

Bogus Catfish Picture Causes Headaches at Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

by: Larry D. Hodge,

In January 2004, 27-year-old Cody Mullennix of Howe, Texas, landed what was reported as a world record-sized blue catfish at Lake Texoma, a monster that weighed in at 121 pounds and measured 58 inches long by 39 inches in girth
(Mar. 15, 2004 - Athens, TX) A photograph of two men holding up a giant catfish is making the rounds of the Internet and causing confusion among anglers. Whoever posted the photograph stated it shows the new state record (and pending world record) blue catfish caught in Lake Texoma by Cody Mullennix in January. This is incorrect. The photograph is apparently of a fish caught somewhere in Europe. The fish, which Mullennix named Splash, now swims in the dive tank at the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens. It may be viewed from 9 to 4 Tuesday through Saturday and from 1 to 4 on Sundays.