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Posted: Tuesday, May 29, 2012 4:00 am | Updated: 7:20 am, Tue May 29, 2012.

Three East Texas men caught a catfish early Sunday that will probably be certified as a state record for Lake O’ the Pines.

Kenneth Ray Strickland of Longview, his son, Kenneth Wayne Strickland of Overton and Dustin Smith of Spring caught the 74.5-pound high fin blue catfish on a trotline.

The official Texas Parks & Wildlife record for a blue catfish caught at Lake O’ the Pines is 70 pounds.

“As soon as I pulled it in, I said we needed to find an official weigh station, because I was pretty sure it was a record-breaker,” Smith said.

The family already had had one fish fry this weekend and plans several more throughout the summer, the senior Strickland said.

“I’ve never seen anything like it,” he said. “Once everybody has seen it, we plan on skinning it and then, eventually, eating it.”

Two other fish, caught on the trotline later in the day Sunday, weighed 53 and 56 pounds.

“It wasn’t just the trotline; we also had 60 fish between the three of us using rods and reels,” Smith said.

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