North Carolina man lands a state record-setting catfish catch using a toy Barbie Fishing Pole.
David Hayes was fishing with his granddaughter Alyssa when she asked him to hold her Barbie Fishing Pole ($10+) while she went to the bathroom. Then seconds later, he caught a state record-setting catfish catch weighing in at 21 pounds and 1 ounce. At 32 inches long, the fish was 2 inches longer than the fishing rod!
The Barbie Fishing Pole Was A Christmas Gift
The pink Barbie Fishing Pole was a Christmas gift from Alyssa’s father. She had used it to catch a few bluegills earlier that day. But there wasn’t any indication that it might be a good luck charm before her grandfather made the record-setting catfish catch.
Wilkes County Has Certified The Record-Setting Catfish Catch
According to The Winston-Salem Journal, the record-setting catch was reported on August 5th. Wilkes County has certified the catch as an official record with the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
Family Fishing: A Favorite Family Activity For The Hayes Family
The Hayes family has a long tradition of fishing together. David and his granddaughter have been fishing in the pond behind near his house since she was a toddler.
Fishing With Toy Fishing Rods
Since news of this story broke, it’s inspired both seasoned anglers and thrill-seekers to try catching big fish using toy fishing rods. The next time you are out fishing, look carefully at the gear people are using. You might catch someone using a Barbie ($10), My Little Pony ($10) or Dora The Explorer Fishing Pole ($15).