1842 : Detroit Advertiser Fish Story

September 17, 2018 all-day

The Detroit Advertiser of September 17, 1842, reported that a Frenchman caught a catfish on September 16 with a hook and line in the Detroit River and the catfish weighed 187 pounds! Observers and probably the fisherman weren’t certain whether the Frenchman had caught the cat fish or the cat fish had caught the Frenchman. Eventually, the Frenchman reeled in the cat fish.

Source : Kathy Warnes, “Did the Fish Win?”, Definitely Downriver, May 2012.

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