David Hayes doesn’t usually fish with a little girl’s toy rod and reel. But after making a record catch, he may reconsider. The North Carolina man now holds a state fishing record, after landing a channel catfish that tipped the scales at 21 pounds, 1 ounce.
His granddaughter had asked him to hold her pink Barbie rod and reel while she went to the bathroom. Seconds later, he caught the big one. Hayes says his granddaughter was worried the big fish would break her rod.
It measured 32 inches long — 2 inches longer than the Barbie pole.