Fish Story

05.17.07 | 2 Comments

We have some big fish in Texas. That’s not Texas bravado or anything. Other states have big fish too. But every once in a while I’ll see a picture or read a story that really drives the point home. Today I got one of those inboxer stories that one tends to read and dismiss. The difference was that this one came with photos. Here’s the story, with my comments in brackets [thusly].

A guy who lives at Conroe (50 miles north of Houston ) [just up the road from my neck of the woods, so to speak] saw a ball bouncing around kind of strange in the lake and went to investigate.

It turned out to be a flathead catfish who had obviously tried to swallow a basketball [at first glance it looked like a volleyball to me, but upon closer inspection I’m inclined to believe it’s a basketball] which became stuck in its mouth!!

The fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive, but unable to because the ball would always bring him back up to the surface. The guy tried numero[us] [Gah! I can’t stop proofreading!] times to get the ball out, but was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife cut the ball in order to deflate it and release the hungry catfish.

You probably wouldn’t have believed this,

if you hadn’t seen the following pictures…

And here they are. Click the thumbnails for larger versions.





In my opinion, any animal that can wrap its mouth around a basketball qualifies as “big”. We need to make sure one of these isn’t exposed to nuclear waste runoff, bombarded by gamma rays, or bitten by a radioactive worm.

Footnote: This story and pictures came to me via e-mail. I have no idea who the original source is or if they care that I’m posting their photos. I almost never post photos that don’t belong to me but, well, I really felt like it. If I receive a credible request to take down their pictures, I’ll do so promptly and with an apology.
Footnote 2: Thanks to Lori for applying the Snopes test to this one. Turns out Mr. Flathead isn’t a Texan after all, but the story is otherwise true. Follow the link to see more pictures.

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Comment by Cassandra
2007-05-17 16:14:28

You’re right, that’s a big fish! I’ve seen catfish that I considered large – longer than my arm, for instance – but nothing like this. You know, with a real-life basis like this to go on, a horror story of something huge living at the bottom of a lake shouldn’t be too hard to justify. You guys ought to go for it!

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Comment by Prest0
2007-05-17 16:37:39

Back when we were just starting out (2003), we published a handful of freebie newsletters with adventure ideas and “news items” from Pinebox. One of them was a story about a giant catfish spotted out on the lake by underwater divers conducting repairs to the dam. Our quality back then is rather embarrassing now, but at least that means we’ve improved. You can read the article for yourself on page 2 of the PDF.


Lake Greystone certainly offers potential for horror. Hopefully one of these days we’ll have time to develop something really devious.


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