ATLANTA — Turns out it takes more than catching the largest catfish in Georgia record to get your name in the history books.
Seventy-six-year-old Tom Head caught a 103-pound flathead catfish while fishing Tuesday on the Ocmulgee River. The fish is nearly 5 feet tall and 41 inches wide — and weighs in at 20 pounds heavier than the state record.
But Head, of Warner Robins, won’t go down in Georgia history because he caught the fish by "jug fishing," which is not eligible for record status. The tactic uses hooks attached to floating plastic bottles.
The state requires fish be caught with sport fishing tackle to qualify.
Head said he had to pull the fish in by hand because it was too big to fit into his net.