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Here’s a fish tale for the ages: a North Carolina man says he reeled in a massive 112-pound catfish (just five pounds short of the state record).

Riahn Brewington claims that he was fishing on the Cape Fear River the day before Thanksgiving when he felt a strong tug on the line. “In the water, it felt like it was pretty big,” he told local TV station WWAY. “I thought it would have already snapped the line, but I didn’t realize how big he was until I actually got my hands underneath him.”

The fish didn’t get reeled in without a fight. Brewington says he battled the monster for a half-hour. The local fisherman even claims that he pulled all the slack from the line (twice!). But Brewington hung in there and dragged this sucker in. Just a look at it.

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This hulking fish was apparently thrown back in the water after Brewington snapped a couple of photos and weighed it. So if you’re in the northeast section of the Cape Fear River, drop a line in the water. You never know what you could pull out.