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Published:August 23rd, 2008 21:23 EST
Man Catches Giant Catfish With A $13 Barbie Rod

Man Catches Giant Catfish With A $13 Barbie Rod

By Robert Paul Reyes

We`ve all heard tall tales about the big one that got away, but here`s a heartwarming tale of a whale of a fish that was caught with a $13 pink rod and reel.

Some fishermen spend a small fortune on the perfect rod and reel, but I hope even they will get a kick out of this story.

"David Hayes` granddaughter just asked him to hold her Barbie rod and reel while she went to the bathroom. He did. And seconds later he landed the state record channel catfish at 21 pounds, 1 ounce."

Associated Press

Hayes should be commended for letting his love of his granddaughter override any concerns about appearing foolish or effeminate. A lot of guys would have dropped the pink rod and reel, instead of holding it untiltheir granddaughter returned.

Hayes was richly rewarded for his good deed, he landed a whopper of a catfish. Catfish are delicious, but instead of eating it I hopes he mounts it on the wall along with the pink rod and reel as a testament of a grandfather`s love for his granddaughter.