Man catches record-breaking 50-lb catfish

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It’s not always great to be a big fish in a big pond — you might get caught!

54-year-old Jeff Bonawitz proved that when he reeled in this huge flathead catfish in Pennsylvania’s Susquehanna River. 

It’s 45 inches long and weighs 50 pounds and 7 ounces — that’s a new state record! 

Bonawitz says he’s caught plenty of catfish over the years, but nothing quite like this. 

The fish bent his rod straight down when he tried to pull it up and he joked he thought it was a mermaid when it finally surfaced. 

Bonawitz suspected he had a record — but had to prove it. 

So he kept the massive fish alive in a container overnight and took it to an official weighing location the next day. 

Bonawitz estimates the fish will keep his family fed for weeks. 

Only joking, he and his nephew set it free in the river after its measurements were certified. 

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