A weekend catfishing trip on Fort Cobb Lake for an Edmond man and his two friends was certainly worth it.
It produced a 66-pound flathead on a jug line that has now been certified by the state Wildlife Department as a new lake record.
Cleaves, George Young of Enid and Lance Ward of Mannford were astonished when they were checking their jug line last Saturday afternoon.
“We pulled up to (the jug) and Lance grabbed it and then had a funny look on his face,” Cleaves said.
“I could tell by that look that it was something big. He yelled to George to get the net.
“George moved over to Lance and the fish just surfaced and then went to flapping and trying to dive back down.
“We were yelling to George, ‘Get him in the net!’”
”George threw the net down and reached in mouth of the fish and pulled him in. It was awesome and we were all yelling and high fiving.”
Cleaves even got the scene on video which you can watch at this link: