Charles Patchen, 13, from Alabama, caught a 63.8-pound flathead catfish on the Chattahoochee River in Jackson County (northern Florida) on Sunday to beat the previous certified state record by more than eight pounds. Patchen had reluctantly agreed to go bream fishing Sunday afternoon with his mother and stepfather, Jeanette and Bryan Atwell. After landing his state-record flathead catfish, he was certainly glad he went.
When the bream suddenly stopped biting after a successful morning, Patchen’s stepfather suggested there might be a larger fish lurking in the water scaring off the bream. So they switched from baiting with minnows to a bluegill they had caught. After the second time his bait was hit, Patchen set the hook. He assumed it was hung up on something underwater, so he asked his stepfather for help.
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