Oconee River Record Flathead Catfish Weighs 62 Pounds

(Below Sinclair)

GON Staff | June 13, 1999

Brian Estes, flathead catfish from the Oconee River.

On June 13 of 1999, Brian Estes, of Milledgeville, was fishing in the tailrace below Lake Sinclair using a Zebco 33 and 16-lb. test line when something huge hit his live shad.

After a 40-minute fight, that included the fish taking all the line right down to the knot, Brian landed a monster flathead catfish. On certified scales the fish weighed 62 pounds—just off the then state record weight of 63-lbs., 8-ozs. for a Georgia flathead catfish.

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