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One Big Fish

John Nichols hefts his record catfish.

John Nichols hefts his record catfish.

John Nichols, of Samantha, didn’t hook just any old fish on his outing to Holt Reservoir in March. The cat on his line was a 120-pound blue catfish, the new state record catch, according to conservation authorities. Nichols made it official by taking his catch to the Tuscaloosa Scale Co. Inc., where the weigh-in was recorded with multiple witnesses, then certified by Jay Haffner, the district fisheries biologist, according to Game and Fish magazine.

Nichols’ 120-pounder beat the old Alabama record of 111 pounds but falls short of the world record, a 143-pounder caught last year in Virginia.

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