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Irvine Lake angler catches 59.8-pound blue catfish

October 12, 2009 | 10:27 am

Ronson Smothers and the 59.8-pound blue catfish he caught at Irvine Lake. The big fish was released.

A blue catfish weighing in at 59-pounds, 8-ounces was caught Friday night at Irvine Lake.

Ronson Smothers, of Los Angeles, boated the behemoth using mackerel while fishing deep water.

"I fished out in the middle of the lake," Smothers said. "I tossed out a 10-inch chunk of mackerel weighing over a pound. I knew if I got bit, it would be something big."

"The big bait got slammed; I knew it had to be big," added Smothers. "The fight was chaotic. Every time I got the fish up, it dove back down to the bottom and hugged the floor tightly." It would be 15 minutes before Smothers netted the big blue.

The largest blue catfish caught at the lake this season, the fish was released after the above photo was taken.

The final late-night catfish session of the season will be Oct. 31.

Irvine Lake is a privately run, paid-entry lake, so no fishing license is required.

-- Kelly Burgess

Photo: Ronson Smothers and the 59.8-pound blue catfish he caught at Irvine Lake. The big fish was released. Credit: Irvine Lake

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