Stefanie Stanley hooked a giant-sized blue catfish at the Catfish Chasers Tournament in Kansas last Saturday, securing her first place on the podium and the biggest catch recorded in any of the state’s lakes. According to Kansas.com, the Olathe resident was fishing in Milford Reservoir when the catfish took her shad bait.
“We knew he was nice, but then he came up and barrel-rolled beside the boat,” Stefanie said. “We were like, ‘Holy cow, this is a whopper.’ It has shoulders on it like a linebacker.”
It weighed in at a little over 82 pounds and needless to say, she won the tournament by a sizable margin.
“These blue catfish are really growing, they’re making a world-class fishery here in Kansas in a lot of our lakes,” said David Studebake, co-owner of the tournament. “It won’t be long before the new state record comes from Milford. It may only be a couple of years.”