Photos of Moniteau County Residents who caught large catfish

An 82 pound blue catfish, four feet three inches long, was taken by Gary Lee Taylor Jr., on Sunday, June 26 at the Missouri River access at Marion.

An 82 pound blue catfish, four feet three inches long, was taken by Gary Lee Taylor Jr., on Sunday, June 26 at the Missouri River access at Marion. Photo by David Wilson.

Photos of Moniteau County Residents who caught large catfish.

Roy Baker and Buck Moody, California, fishing buddies for six years now, did their best fishing to date on the morning of Wednesday, June 22, at Bagnall Dam, on the Osage River. The pair got started at their favorite fishing spot around 5:30 a.m. and after five hours they had plenty of fish caught already. The pair said they used cut shad for bait. "We caught the shad with a net the day before and then cut them up for bait."

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Roy Baker, 81, snagged an 85-lb. blue catfish that measured 53 inches long with a 34-inch girth. "It took me about 25 minutes to reel it in," Roy said. "Buck helped me get it into the boat. An 85-lb. fish caught with a rod and reel is something - a once in a lifetime catch."

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Buck Moody, 67, caught a 43-lb. catfish on the morning of Wednesday, June 22.

An 82 pound blue catfish, four feet three inches long, was taken by Gary Lee Taylor Jr., on Sunday, June 26 at the Missouri River access at Marion. Although the world record blue cat is reported to have weighed in at 146 pounds, this may be the largest taken on rod and reel off-shore on the Missouri River. According to the Missouri Department of Conservation, Taylor may qualify as a Master Angler. The fish was taken on a seven-foot Meat Hunter boat rod using 40 pound offshore angler tightline, saltwater filiment, using black perch bait.

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