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Man uses Barbie fishing rod to make record catch

David Hayes' granddaughter just asked him to hold her Barbie rod and reel while she went to the bathroom. He did. And seconds later he landed the state record channel catfish at 21 pounds, 1 ounce.

Alyssa's father had bought the pink Barbie fishing rod for Christmas and she had caught a few bluegill before her grandfather hauled in the catfish. The Winston-Salem Journal reported the catch Aug. 5 in eastern Wilkes County has been certified as a record by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.

Hayes and his granddaughter have been fishing in the pond behind his house since she was big enough to hold a pole.


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Comments (4)

I call BS on this one.... (Below threshold)

I call BS on this one.

You set the hook on a fish that big on a rod and reel that small... You get left holding the handle. Not to mention there's no drag setting on a closed face like that reel. Not to mention there's no way at best the 6 pound line is going to hold up against weight like that.

I refuse to believe this story.

The fish is only almost as ... (Below threshold)

The fish is only almost as fat as that little girl. Parenting in this country has hit a low.

Darby,The drag set... (Below threshold)


The drag setting is on the side of the reel. Zebco makes a great beginner reel, they all have drag settings on the side handle.

Looks like a family portrate of obesity to me!


"Parenting in this country ... (Below threshold)

"Parenting in this country has hit a low."

I agree; You obviously had no lessons in manners or respect.

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