Boy, 13, catches 63 lb. catfish, breaks Florida record
JACKSON COUNTY, Fla. (WFLA) — A 13-year-old boy has bragging rights that are probably the envy of many adults who fish.
Charles Patchen, 13, with his mother and stepfather Jeanette and Bryan Atwell. FWC photoCharles Patchen set a new state record when he caught a whopping 63.8 pound flathead catfish on the Chattahoochee River in Jackson County. The fish was so big, it looked like it was almost the same size as the teenager.
Patchen, who is from Alabama, went fishing for bream with his mother and stepfather, Jeanette and Bryan Atwell on May 15. The bream stopped biting and Patchen’s stepfather suggested that there might be a bigger fish in the water scaring off the bream.
So they switched from baiting with minnows and used a bluegill that they had caught. Patchen assumed his hook was caught on something, so he asked his stepfather for help.
“I grabbed the pole from him, gave