J. Ramsey has caught more than his share of fish — throughout the state and south.
But, on Friday afternoon, he caught a huge flathead catfish (just under 50 pounds) within a half-mile of his home at City Lake, where he still fishes at least four times a week.
Ramsey, 27, used a spinning rod and a bass crank bait to make the catch. It weighed just under 50 pounds.
“The bad news,” relayed his dad, Mike. “He caught another approximately 10 pounds heavier that his dad couldn’t help pick up and he was lost after a failed attempt in too small of a net.”
Mike said the fish was not a catch and release like most of the ones at City Lake. “He dressed it out,” Mike admitted. “He’s gonna try and deep-fry it. It’ll probably feed 15-20 people!”
J. said on Wednesday morning that he first fished at City Lake at Bluegill Tournament for Kids with his grandfather, the late Rev. Richard Ramsey, when he was less than 10 years old.
“I caught my first bass with my dad and grandfather when I was less than four.”
J. said in his research, experts figure the catfish he caught on Friday was somewhere between 13- and 15-years-old.