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Enormous catfish would have shattered record; instead it became dinner

BNQT logo BNQT 6/14/2018 Pete Thomas
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A Seattle angler has reeled in a catfish that would have shattered the Washington state record had he not decided to eat the fish instead of waiting to weigh it on a certified scale.

Ahmed Majeed, 35, surprised his friends and regulars at Green Lake, which is mostly a trout fishery, when he pulled in a channel catfish Saturday that weighed 45 pounds on his home scale.

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The state lists a 36.2-pound channel catfish, caught in 1999 in Yakima County, as the current record.

Majeed told Q13 Fox that he tried following protocol and telephoned the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife, but was informed that he'd have to have the fish weighed on a certified scale.

He chose not to wait and risk letting the meat spoil, and carved the fish into fillets. "I gave some to my mom, my brother, and I still have a bunch in the freezer," Majeed role Q13 Fox.

He said the fish was so heavy that he could not lift it with one arm, and that he hasn't given up on having it listed as a record. "I'm still fighting with them," Majeed said of WDFW.

The agency, which shared photos of the catch on Instagram, explained that channel catfish were stocked in Green Lake in 2005, 2011 and 2014. Majeed's catfish probably was part of the 2005 plant.

-Image showing Ahmed Majeed with 45-pound catfish is courtesy of Ahmed Majeed

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