MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Few fisherman ever see a catch this massive.

A fisherman on the St. Croix River caught a state record-breaking flathead catfish in early August, according to the Minnesota DNR.

The DNR says Mark Mosby, of St. Anthony, and a fishing partner were targeting big flathead catfish on the river near Stillwater on Aug. 2 when he got a bite. It took 15 minutes to get the monstrous catfish inside the boat.

The catfish measured out as 52.5 inches long with a girth of 32 inches and a weight of between 70 to 80 pounds.

After measurements were made, the colossal catfish was released to roam the river once more.

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