Angler reels in Arizona's heaviest recorded fish - WTVM.com-Columbus, GA News Weather & Sports

Angler reels in Arizona's heaviest recorded fish

Posted: Updated:
  • NEWSMore>>

  • How much must individuals earn to afford a decent home in the Columbus area?

    How much must individuals earn to afford a decent home in the Columbus area?

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:16 AM EDT2014-04-24 07:16:04 GMT
    A new study shows that individuals should make $11.44 in Muscogee County and Russell County to live in a decent one or two bedroom.More >>
    A new study shows that individuals should make $11.44 in Muscogee County and Russell County to live in a decent one or two bedroom.More >>
  • Be There: Scholarship Signing Day

    Be There: Scholarship Signing Day

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:14 AM EDT2014-04-24 07:14:04 GMT
    Some scholastic students in Columbus are being honored for the hard work. National signing day for scholars is coming up soon.  News Leader 9's Roslyn Giles introduces you to three outstanding seniors in
    More >>
    Some scholastic students in Columbus are being honored for the hard work. National signing day for scholars is coming up soon.  News Leader 9's Roslyn Giles introduces you to three outstanding seniors in this week's Be There, our partnership with the Muscogee County School District on teachable moments.More >>
  • Your Voice, Your Vote: U.S. Senate (GA)

    Your Voice, Your Vote: U.S. Senate (GA)

    Thursday, April 24 2014 3:12 AM EDT2014-04-24 07:12:03 GMT
    The race for U.S. Senate in Georgia heats up as four democratic candidates campaign for that seat. News Leader 9's Roslyn Giles talked one-on-one with the hopefuls about some hot topics in this week's YourMore >>
    The race for U.S. Senate in Georgia heats up as four democratic candidates campaign for that seat. News Leader 9's Roslyn Giles talked one-on-one with the hopefuls about some hot topics in this week's Your Voice, Your Vote 2014.More >>
PHOENIX (CBS5) -

Business should pick up for the fishing guide who just set a new state record for heaviest fish ever recorded in Arizona.

Arizona Game and Fish Department spokesman Nick Walter said 56-year-old Eddie "Flathead Ed" Wilcoxson was asleep on the fold-out cot of his pontoon boat on early Friday morning when his fish tale began.

Walter said it was 2:37 a.m. when Wilcoxson awoke to hear his reel's drag being pulled out by the big fish. It took Wilcoxson about 35 minutes to land the 76.52-pound flathead catfish. It measured 53.5 inches in total length with a 34.75-inch girth. Bill Stewart, also of Surprise, was on the boat as well.

Walter said it also became the heaviest recorded fish of any species in state history, topping the 74-pound flathead catfish caught in 1988 out of the Colorado River by Walter Wilson of Bard, CA.

Wilcoxson owns the "AZ Fishing 4 Flathead Cat" fishing guide service.

He said he received his new guide license April 1. "But I've been fishing Arizona my whole life," he said. 

"Everybody's got the same chance I do," Wilcoxson said. "You just have to get out and do it."

In addition to flathead catfish, the 2,015-acre Bartlett Lake, located in the Tonto National Forest northwest of Phoenix, holds largemouth bass, sunfish, crappie, channel catfish, carp and crayfish.

Bartlett Lake also produced the state record carp that weighed 37 pounds, measured 40 inches, and was caught in 1987 by Jonathan Gardner of Phoenix.

A USFS Tonto Pass is required to access Bartlett Lake.

Copyright 2013 CBS 5 (KPHO Broadcasting Corporation). All rights reserved.

Powered by WorldNow

1909 Wynnton Road
Columbus, Ga. 31906

FCC Public File
publicfile@wtvm.com
706-494-5400
EEO Report
Closed Captioning

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Worldnow and WTVM. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.