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Whopper Walleye Reinstated as Record

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 Jun 18th, 2019 by Keith Worrall  288

Modified Jun 18th, 2019 at 11:11 AM

These recently-found photos reinstated Mabry Harper’s Tennessee walleye as the world record.

It seems as though no sport is free of some sort of controversy these days. Which horse really won the Kentucky Derby? Should the Saints really have gone on to play in the Super Bowl instead of the Rams? It’s becoming all too common, but competition and controversy have always gone hand in hand.

In the fishing world, one of these controversies started when a plumber named Mabry Harper headed down to Old Hickory Lake in Tennessee to try to catch a catfish or two for supper back in 1960. He carried a stout rod loaded with 75 pound test line. No ultra-light stuff when dinner is on the line for Mabry.

His rod bowed down and instead of the big flathead or blue cat he expected, something long, green and scaley emerged from the depths. It was a walleye.

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