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Kansas man catches 62-pound catfish


LAWRENCE, Kan. (AP) — A fisherman in eastern Kansas has reeled in a 62-pound flathead catfish from the Kansas River.

The Wichita Eagle ( ) reports that Travis Fager of Lawrence caught the giant catfish after midnight on Tuesday.

Lawrence angler Josh Hackathorn says it's not uncommon to find catfish nearing 70 or 80 lbs. near the Lawrence section of the river. He says the male fish are bulking up before they spawn later in June and that "right now is your pre-spawn sweet spot."

Hackathorn says he's been fishing in the area for nearly two decades and often sees fisherme...

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