Columbiana man catches 40-pound catfish - WBRC FOX6 News - Birmingham, AL

Columbiana man catches 40-pound catfish

Bryan Schauer with his monster catch. Source: Bryan Schauer Bryan Schauer with his monster catch. Source: Bryan Schauer
Hunter Tinney, Doug Schauer, Bryan Schauer, Joseph Schauer and Andrew Schauer with their catches. Source: Bryan Schauer Hunter Tinney, Doug Schauer, Bryan Schauer, Joseph Schauer and Andrew Schauer with their catches. Source: Bryan Schauer
Schauer could fit both of his hands inside of the 40-pounder's mouth. Source: Bryan Schauer Schauer could fit both of his hands inside of the 40-pounder's mouth. Source: Bryan Schauer
Source: Bryan Schauer Source: Bryan Schauer
SHELBY COUNTY, AL (WBRC) -

A Columbiana man will enjoy some fine eating after catching a large, flathead catfish while noodling on the Coosa River last weekend.

Bryan Schauer, 23, pulled the 40-pound, 37-inch long flathead catfish near the Waxahatchee area in Shelby County June 7. He was on a fishing trip with his father, friend and two younger brothers.

Schauer often noodles but said in a video posted to Facebook that this was the biggest flathead he's ever caught.

Schauer, a licensed taxidermist, plans to eat the fish and later create a reproduction of his monster catch.

Noodling is a form of fishing where a person uses their bare hands to reach into a catfish hole and pull out the fish.

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