Much sweeter is the fish caught on your own rod! Such is the case for this Tennessee 7-year-old, who bought a new rod with his allowance – only to pull in a monster of a catfish for his first catch.
Three generations of Hogan men just made the memory of a lifetime. The Clarksville, Tennessee natives went fishing Saturday morning with two sons, their father and grandfather all in for the angling. It was young Autry Hogan, however, who came out on top.
7-year old Autry has been saving his allowance for a nice fishing rod of late. And he got himself one, too. Such a rod, in fact, that the youngster pulled a catfish weighing 83 pounds and measuring 47 inches out of the waters near Cumberland City’s steam plant.
The gargantuan catfish was the first fish Autry ever caught with his new rod, too, a fact his father, Joshua, is elated over.
“When he was reeling it in, I could tell it was big, but not that big,” Joshua tells Clarksville NOW.
Joshua does know, however, that his son will now have “pretty high expectations” moving forward. Good on you, Hogan clan!
Hogan’s Catfish is a Tennessee Big Boy
Although young Autry Hogan’s catfish is a whale of a tale, Tennessee’s Cumberland River is known to house some true monsters. The catfish he brought in is the same size as him – far larger than his younger brother, even – yet Tennessee’s catfish can reach even more gigantic proportions.
As Cumberland NOW notes, Autry’s angle appears to be a flathead catfish. Outside of Tennessee, the species can weigh as much as 120+ pounds. Here in TN, however, the current state record for flathead catfish is 85 pounds. In short: Autry’s whopper was just two+ pounds shy of going in the record books.
Near the max size known for these catfish in the Volunteer State, young Hogan brought in himself a Tennessee big boy, indeed. In turn, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency cites the record-holding 85-pounder came out of the Hiwassee River.
Now, Autry plans to beat that record with one of his next catches. And as many recent young anglers have shown the rest of us old Outsiders, that’s entirely possible. Just recently, a 12-year-old Texan shattered his state’s long-standing catfish record. Make it so, young Hogan!
For now, the Hogans have several photos to remember his gargantuan catch by, before releasing the catfish back from whence it came.