Fisherman's 50-pound blue catfish is biggest ever snagged in small Tennessee lake

Talk about a big fish in a little pond.

Tennessee fisherman John Williams managed to catch a 50-pound blue catfish in the 47-acre Coy Gaither/Bedford Lake in Normandy during a recent outing, likely giving him the record for the largest blue catfish caught in the lake, and also earning him a shout-out from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

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“What is that old saying? Big things come in small packages… Well, that is especially true of this catch from the 47 acre Coy Gaither/Bedford Lake in Normandy," the agency wrote in a Facebook post alongside two images of Williams’ catch.

“It is a small body of water but, angler John Williams was able to land a bluecat that tipped the scales at just over 50 pounds.”

Williams’ catfish is reported to be the largest caught in such a small lake, according to WMUR.

“It is a small body of water but, angler John Williams was able to land a bluecat that tipped the scales at just over 50 pounds," the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said of the catch.

“It is a small body of water but, angler John Williams was able to land a bluecat that tipped the scales at just over 50 pounds," the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency said of the catch. (Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency)

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The record for the state’s largest-ever blue catfish currently belongs to Robert E. Louis, who snagged a 112-pounder on the Cumberland River in June 1998, per the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.