Carolina youth angler catches 62.5-pound catfish

Posted by Jessica Meagan Powell on Wednesday, August 12, 2020

10-year-old reeled fish in all on his own

Youth angler Cameron Tarlton of Laurinburg, N.C. caught a 62.5-pound flathead catfish on the Pee Dee River. The 10-year-old landed the fish on the night of Aug. 12. After a quick celebration with his dad, John Tarlton, they released the fish, which swam away strong after a little bit of coaxing.

The young angler caught the fish while using a live perch for bait.

“It’s not everyday you see a 10-year-old catch a 62-pound flathead!” said John Tarlton. He also said he regrets not taking more time to get some better photos, but in the commotion of the moment, and in striving to get the fish back into the water as quickly as possible, it just wasn’t a priority.

But that didn’t diminish his or his son’s joy in the moment.

Check out the attached video for an up close and personal look at Cameron’s big catch!

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