Official World Record

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:: A one hour DVD of video footage capturing highlights of his experience are now available for $9.99 so that all fishermen (sorry this item is sold out)


:: Cabela's, the world's foremost outfitter, will proudly display replicas of this world-record catfish in various store locations.



World Record




World Record Catfish

Get the detailed story of the fight with this 124 pound World Record catfish.Story told on the river where this monster fish was caught. Actual live footage takes you thru the night with us and excitement. Footage cover the meeting conservation at boat ramp, weighing and keeping this monster alive and healthy. World Renowned fisherman Tim Pruitt reveals some of his secret strategies for finding catfish and trophy fish. Simple River tactics,Basic tackle Tips anyone can use for landing these trophy catfish. Exciting footage of a 83.5 pound catfish being landed on the boat. Pole bending, Drag ripping action.

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World Record 124-Pound Blue Catfish
ALTON, Ill. (AP)

Tim Pruitt went fishing and pulled up a whopper of a beast.

It was roughly the size of a sixth-grader.

Tim Pruitt holds his proud catch.

Hello, and thank you for visiting my Website. I hope you enjoy it and will bookmark it for future visits. I plan to update it with additional pictures and fishing tips over the next few weeks.

I’m just a regular working man and former member of the U.S. Marine Corps who loves all types of fishing from bass to off shore fishing. I usually fish 1 or 2 times a week starting in the early spring through late fall as weather permits. I enjoy fishing with my wife Carla and my friends.

After my pending world record catfish catch, I received numerous calls asking if I would produce a documentary capturing the highlights of this memorable experience. I selected one of the best companies in the St. Louis area for the DVD production, and I believe everyone will enjoy it. My kids are amazed when they watch this 124 pound fish on our 52 inch television. The fish is bigger than my screen!

I’m pleased to be able to share this wonderful experience with you. Our intent is to make you feel as if you have lived this night and the next day experience with us. I've also included some fishing tips that may help you catch more fish or chase trophy catfish.

Sadly the big blue didn’t make it to Cabela’s in Kansas City, where it was my family's dream to allow many children and adults to see this remarkable Catfish. However, the DVD will help keep the memory alive.

I am a firm believer in protecting our natural resources and part of the proceeds from my sales will go to Department of Natural Resources Fisheries to help protect all fish and preserve fishing for our kids.

Again, thanks for visiting my Website. Have fun fishing and I look forward to seeing you on the water. Sincerely, Tim Pruitt

News Releases

Pruitt, casting his line in the Mississippi River on Sunday, May 22, 2005, hauled up a 58-inch long, 44-inch around blue catfish that weighed a whopping 124-pounds.

To get a sense of just how big that is, the state record holder was a mere 85 pounds and the world record holder tipped the scales at 121 pounds, eight ounces.

"My adrenaline was really pumping, so it wasn't that bad," Pruitt said. "Later on, when I was lifting him out of the live well and into another tank I really felt the weight."

Now, Pruitt, whose fish has already been weighed in the presence of a conservation police officer and measured by a biologist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, is expected to submit documentation to the International Game Fish Association so that it can be certified a world record holder.

Once that's done, the catch should be approved as the world's largest blue catfish, replacing the current champion that was caught Jan. 16, 2004, in Lake Texoma, Texas, said Becky Reynolds, a spokeswoman for the association.

The fish was meant to be kept alive and put on display in a tank at the Cabela's Outfitter store in Kansas City, Kansas, but died en route.

A biologist said that because the fish was "very old" and "very heavy," the travel stress "could have been too much."

Cabela's manager said officials were going stuff the original catfish at their expense and donate it to Tim, then make replicas of the catfish for them to display at various locations nation wide.


World-Record Catfish Dies

KANSAS CITY, Kan. - A record 124-pound blue catfish caught earlier this week by an Illinois man fishing in the Mississippi River died on its way to the Cabela's Outfitter store where it was to go on display.

Tim Pruitt, 33, of Godfrey, Ill., caught the world-record blue catfish early Sunday (May 22, 2005) near Alton.

The fish, measuring 58 inches long and 44 inches around, was kept alive and was to be displayed in a tank at Cabela's in Kansas City, Kan., but it died en route to the store.

"We're baffled by this," Fred Cronin, a fisheries biologist for the Illinois Department of Natural Resources, told The Kansas City Star. "We took a lot of precautions to see that the fish was comfortable.

"But we're talking about a fish that was very old, very heavy," he said. "The stress of being transported like that could have been too much."


Cabela's will display replicas of the catfish at various locations nation wide.


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