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100-Pound Kid, 114-Pound Catfish

Louisiana 12-year-old sets state record with Mississippi River catch

Lawson Boyte, 12, from Oak Grove, La., caught the Louisiana record 114-pound blue cat while fishing the Mississippi River with his uncle Jim Danley and cousin Bo. (Courtesy The Louisiana Fisherman Facebook) Lawson Boyte, 12, from Oak Grove, La., caught the Louisiana record 114-pound blue cat while fishing the Mississippi River with his uncle Jim Danley and cousin Bo. (Courtesy The Louisiana Fisherman Facebook)

By: Mike Suchan, OutdoorChannel.com

Anglers can be a superstitious lot, especially young ones who pull in something bigger than themselves.

Lawson Boyte and uncle Jim Danley pose with the big cat. (KNOE-TV screenshot)

Lawson Boyte and uncle Jim Danley pose with the big cat. (KNOE-TV screenshot)

Lawson Boyte, 12, of Oak Grove, La., knew he was fortunate to catch a state record blue catfish on the Mississippi River, but his shout out begs the question whether he has a contract with Armour meats.

“It was more luck than it was skill to catch that big fish,” he told KNOE-TV in Monroe. “I think the thing that done it was eating Vienna sausages.”

Well, maybe the 114-pounder smelled the mini-frankfurters’ juice on the shad that the 100-pound sixth-grader had sunk. Or maybe Boyte, uncle Jim Danley and his cousin Bo Danley were just due. Danley has taken the boys fishing often and was just glad to be along for this ride.

“It’s cool to know that I was there to witness it,” he said. “It’s a once in a lifetime thing. It don’t ever happen much.”

The record team were featured in a 2-minute TV segment on KNOE.

The fish, which weighed 114.1 pounds on the scales at Randall’s Fine Meats in Monroe, was so big it had to be stored in the Oak Grove high school freezer before taken to the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries for study.

The standing state record is a 110.19-pounder caught by Keith Day in the Mississippi in 2005. The world record blue cat is a 143-pounder caught from Virginia’s Buggs Island Lake in 2011.

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