Just returned from a fishing expedition with my son less than a mile from home. In an hour he caught two catfish, one 34 inches long, good enough for a “Master Angler” award. It took ages to haul it in. We knew it was big when it ran away at full speed with the drag set. It took ~100 yards of line before it tired. When reeling it in another line in the water was snagged so some reaching from shore with a long net was required. The net needed straightening afterward. Here is the result:
Well, I didn’t teach him how to do that. He must have learned from his own mistakes… After the photo, the fish was gently returned to the water and resuscitated. It swam away under its own power.