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10-year-old boy fishes 61-pound catfish out of Mississippi River

Jayden Hills, a 10-year-old Quincyan, poses with the 61-pound catfish he caught on the Mississippi River.
Jayden Hills, a 10-year-old Quincyan, poses with the 61-pound catfish he caught on the Mississippi River. Quincy Herald-Whig

A 10-year-old Quincy boy caught a catfish almost as big as him.

According to the Quincy Herald Whig, Jayden Hills hooked a 61-pound catfish wile fishing with his dad, Jason, and commercial angler Michale Matlick near Lock and Dam 21 in Quincy.

Jayden used a half-dollar sized shad and battled the fish for 20 minutes before the group could get it into the boat.

“It was one of the best days of his life. I don’t think he knew what to say. We had to go around town because it was in the back of the truck and show people.”

The fish then became dinner.

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