Woman catches 'monster' 88-pound catfish on Kentucky Lake, says it's a 'personal best'

Photo credit: Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency

A Tennessee woman had a lot to celebrate before the New Year after she reeled in an 88-pound catfish on Kentucky Lake.

Paula Cathey Smith of Waverly, Tenn., was pictured hugging the giant blue catfish she caught on Sunday in a photo shared by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

“River Monster! Paula Cathey Smith shows us you can catch fish in the winter with this ‘personal best’ 88 pounder caught and released safely back into KY Lake,” the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency wrote on Facebook.

Smith told The Tennessean she caught her largest fish ever after not having much luck for a month.

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