Colleyville Kid Catches Colossal Catfish

License-free fishing gives chance to top feat

By Bruce Felps
|  Friday, Jun 3, 2011  |  Updated 4:04 PM CDT
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Your Big Catch

Karen Curran

50lb Catfish my son, Brett Lee Curran, caught Saturday. When he grows up he wants to be a fishing guide and a chef so that he can cook what he catches.

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Brett Curran, a 14-year-old Colleyville kid, last weekend landed a catfish that took his 50-pound scale to its limit. The true weight of the fish remains unknown.

Its measurements, though, made it to the unofficial record. According to the Colleyville Courier, Curran measured the fish at 42 inches long and 32 inches around. Photos were snapped, and Curran released the fish back into the waters of the Kimzey Park pond from whence it came.

Pretending there’s a clever segue here, this weekend the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department marks National Fishing and Boating Week with something of an amnesty for state fisherpersons, and that opens the door to someone besting Kid Curran’s catch.

Tomorrow, the state waives the need for a fishing license allowing anglers a free pass at angling for a record.

So here’s the deal. Step 1: Get out there and fish license-free. Step 2: Catch a whopper — catfish, bass, whatever. Step 3: Take a photo, because, you know, we’re not just going to take your word for it. Step 4: Load said photo to our fishing gallery slideshow HERE, and show off a little. Step 5: Bask in your accomplishment because there ain’t no cash prize.

Sounds fun, huh? You bet it does.


Bruce Felps owns and operates East Dallas Times, an online community news outlet serving the White Rock Lake area. He thinks the best part of all this is that the kid let the catfish go. Well, that and the alliterative headline.

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