While everyone was focused on the Super Bowl, a pair of local anglers reeled in a rare massive blue catfish during a tournament this weekend.
That's a 94.7-pound (94-pound, 11-ounce) behemoth of a blue. Biologist studies suggest it has likely been living in Lawtonka for +/-30 years. By any measure in the state of Oklahoma, that's a living dinosaur and far rarer than you'd expect.
Even though blues are the largest of America's catfish, they almost always get culled early on. The meat is so prized for its sweet taste, it's rare to see them beyond 40-60 pounds.
Even rarer, this blue got released back into Lake Lawtonka to keep growing a new state record.
If you're keeping track of Oklahoma's outdoor records, this fish was only 3.4 pounds short of a new state rod & reel record. The Texoma 98-pounder still holds that title, but even then it's not the biggest on record.
A 118-pound blue cat was pulled off a Texoma Lake trotline in the late-80s, a 35-year record that likely won't be beaten anytime soon... and if you were as curious as me, the world record blue catfish was 143 pounds, caught on a rod and reel in North Carolina.
For what it's worth, this catfish isn't the only giant swimming around Lake Lawtonka. The mountain lakes are full of massive small and largemouth bass.
25 hilarious Oklahoma personalized tags DENIED by the DMV
A great way to personalize your vehicle is with a custom license plate. There are some pretty creative and funny tags running around the Sooner State. Some are easy to get, others will have you scratching your head trying to figure it out what it says. Personalized plates are very popular and we're seeing more of them on the road every day. However, there are some rules and restrictions when it comes to what you can and can't put on your plate. If it's considered obscene, vulgar, demeaning, or includes any mention of drugs, alcohol, or illegal activities it will be DENIED. Check out the photo gallery below of some of the most hilarious tags that were rejected by the Oklahoma Department of Motor Vehicles. WARNING: some of these could be considered offensive so if you're easily offended proceed with caution. You have been officially warned.
The Most Expensive Places to Live in Oklahoma
When you think of expensive places to live in Oklahoma, most people envision the ultra-wealthy areas like Nichols Hills or Cedar Valley... but having money doesn't always equate to being the most expensive. Compared to most places on this list, even Edmond would be a thrifty place to live. Here are the most expensive places to live in Oklahoma.
More Oklahoma Phrases That Stump Non-Okies
Depending on how old you are and how big your hometown is, these Oklahoma phrases will be either really familiar or not at all. If you're seeing and hearing these for the first time, add them to your vocabulary. As Okies die, move away, and non-Okies move in, these words are disappearing from the Oklahoma dialect.