Clinton Boldridge remembers minutes seemed like hours in his battle of man against beast, muscle against muscle and will against will.
By rod and reel he’d worked the fish into the shallows, and then had to wade in to finish the task.
In and out of the water he wrestled the fish that was more than 6 feet long, nearly 4 feet around and weighed 144 pounds.
“That fish beat me up and down the bank,” Boldridge recalls of landing the paddlefish. “I’m a professional boxer and it was all I could handle.”