7-year-old boy lands 83-pound catfish on rod he bought with allowance

CLARKSVILLE, Tenn. — A 7-year-old boy caught an 83-pound catfish, close to a state record, on a rod bought with his allowance.

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Autry Hogan went fishing with his father and grandfather recently when he felt the weight on his hook, Clarksville Now reported.

“When he was reeling it in, I could tell it was big, but not that big,” father Joshua Hogan said.

Autry was able to land the catch, believed to be a flathead catfish, which can weigh more than 120 pounds. According to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency, the state record is 85 pounds, a record Autry plans to beat.

“Now, he has pretty high expectations,” Joshua Hogan said.

They took a few photos and then released the fish back in the water.