However it was impossible for Gary Rogers to hear me as raindrops the size of green peas slammed down on our rain hoods and the surrounding river. Thankfully the automatic bilge pump on my boat was running non-stop so we were in no danger of sinking, I hoped.
Finally Gary fought the monster catfish into submission. The net slid underneath but it was a struggle to lift the beast over the side of the boat where a second huge catfish already rested in the rain. The smallest fish was quickly released but as we weighed the larger one (31 lbs.), the huge storm cloud rolled away to the south, allowing just enough sun to create a rainbow and an epic picture. It wasn’t the biggest catfish Rogers caught that day, but I am betting it is a picture that will end up on his wall, and in his memory banks, forever.
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