Zakk Royce is one hell’uva an angler.
And a lucky one to boot!
Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice? You can bet guide Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro won’t be making that wager any time soon. After catching a 91-pound blue catfish at Lake Gaston on Sunday, Dec. 20 — a fish that stood to break the state record by 6 pounds — he bested himself by shattering that record the next day with another blue that weighed 105 pounds and measured 55 ¾ inches.
Royce, who runs Blues Brothers Catfish Guide Service, caught the first fish on the afternoon of Dec. 20, needed help lifting it into the boat once he had it in the net, and wound up having to “babysit” the fish all night before he could get it weighed on certified scales.
Then, while he and his father, Jon, were working their way back across the lake to release the fish in the same area where it was caught — the fish was in a huge livewell the entire time — they started fishing again because they still had good, fresh bait. After his landed a 20-pound blue, Zakk Royce got a bite, and that fish wound up being the 105-pounder.
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