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This freakish monster catfish came from a Minnesota river

Erm, it's ok, I don't need to go swimming right now.
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Need a reason to think twice about jumping into Minnesota waters? Take a look at this catfish caught by Jake Robinson.

The Shakopee angler caught and released the 49-inch catfish on the Minnesota River, near Savage, on May 15, according to the Minnesota DNR.

It had a girth of 33.5 inches, equalling the record set on June 7, 2016 – also by Robinson. The DNR said there were different markings that distinguished them as two different fish.

"I have 11 years of targeting flathead cats and suggest to new anglers to stay on the move every 20 minutes if you don’t get a bite," Robinson told the DNR, giving some advice to budding catfish anglers.

It's been a good year so far for fish record-setting, with the DNR describing it as the "wildest, craziest" start to a fishing season in recent memory that saw four records tumble by the end of May.

This it puts down to careful fisheries management over the past few years that have led to a sudden surge in big fish.

The Minnesota, Mississippi and St. Croix rivers are the best places to catch a flathead catfish, the DNR advises, and you can find more information on state catch-and-release records here.

Here's the full-size picture of Robinson's catch.

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