Northern Kentucky and Cincinnati were hit by severe floods and storms causing the Salt River in Bullit County to flood. One man from Kentucky found an opportunity amidst disaster by catching a 50-lb catfish right in front of his backyard.
Bullitt County's Constable Robert Watkins went fishing in front of his house in Shepherdsville, Kentucky. The photo of Watkins holding the fish was posted on Facebook by his friend Chris Fegett. Last month, a few days after it was published, it had over 62,000 shares.
"Anytime the river gets up to where it's at, we'll go out. Me and a buddy of mine will go out in it and we'll set limb lines," Watkins told WDRB-TV.
He also added, "We'll hang lines out of the tree. Then we'll give it four or five hours and go back and run them and see what we got. Normally, the Salt River is good for them big cat[fish]… we'll do it every time the river gets up."
Watkin's house is located very close to the Salt River. When the river seeps out into his backyard, this creates the perfect conditions for fishing.
Watkins said that the fish is well over 50 pounds, but this is the most his scale can measure. "That scale we had wasn't no good. We had a 50-pound digital scale from Walmart, but it just—it maxed out. It wouldn't go no higher," he would say. However, he let the catfish go back into the water.
He also pointed out that this is not even close to the largest fish he has ever caught. “In 2011, we got 16 of ‘em in three days that was bigger than that. We got ‘em up to 95 pounds,” he said.