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BOB MEINDEL: A boy fights a 47-pound beast on Lake Belton

Just as some of you were enjoying your first cup of coffee and opening the papers or surfing the Internet last Sunday morning, an epic battle between a boy and a fish was taking place on the shores of Lake Belton.

Around 4:00 pm on January 14, Ken and Alicia Ferguson, their four children, and family friend Hayden Theis went on a night hike and fishing trip on the public lands surrounding Belton Lake. This family event will run until noon the next day.

Because their target species was the blue catfish, the Ferguson family was created along the south side of Cowhouse Creek because the area was heavily affected by the wind—a factor that often affects the location of the blue catfish.

Alicia Ferguson said: “A year ago to date, the place was on fire. We decided to try this place again because the wind and temperature were almost the same as the year before.”

Ken Ferguson works two consecutive weeks and two weeks off work for H&P Drilling in West Texas. Alicia is a digital artist on social media as well as homeschooling the couple’s children: 13-year-old twins Devin and Desi Ferguson, 5-year-old Tobias Finch and 4-year-old Alison Ferguson.

As if camping overnight with a few kids wasn’t enough, things got really interesting mid-morning Sunday. A few small blue catfish were caught during the night, but things slowed down when the sun rose and the sky cleared on Sunday morning, that is, until the wind speed increased and the waves began to break on the shoreline. fishing.

The family had several fishing rods held up in rod holders driven into the bank. The Fergusons have equipped the tips of their rods with small bells that beep when the fish begins to move with the bait.

According to Alicia Ferguson: “At first we didn’t hear the bell ring because of the strong wind. We looked and saw that the rod was bent. My husband and our son ran over and Ken told Devon to reel in, then take the line and bring in the fish. After a few moments, Devon thought the fish was hanging from a tree. He waited and was able to start reeling in the fish again and finally caught the fish.”

She continued, “After the fish got so small they couldn’t be pulled any further, Devon continued to hold the line while Ken went to pull the fish onto dry ground. After weighing, the weight was 47.6 pounds.”

Suspecting that this fish might claim to be the youngest angler’s record, both of Ferguson’s parents approached me as a spokesman for the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department’s fish weighing division. Unfortunately, because the family wanted it to be a catch-and-release record, and because they didn’t have a measuring device, at least while the fish were there, the required length measurement couldn’t be done. The family decided to release the fish so it could spawn and provide a future opportunity to catch even more length and weight.

Although several rods were used during this trip, this large fish was caught on freshly cut herring.

Alicia said: “We used Mad Katz’s medium-heavy 7ft 6″ Catfish Down rod with 80lb Reaction Tackle braided line and a Dale’s Tackle 8/0 Blood Series round hook on a Santee-Cooper rig. ”

According to his mother, Devin said after the big catch, “I loved it so much! I want to become a professional angler and help others learn how to fish!”

Make no mistake, this wasn’t just your usual weekend getaway that featured a group of newbies who stumbled upon quality fish by chance. This family has been hunting big catfish for several years and carefully considers where they go, what they do and what bait they use to increase their chances of success.

According to Alicia: “Ken and I started Profound Fishing in 2021 when we had trouble finding a bait shop to buy bait from. We realized that many other anglers had the same problem and opened it as a lure shop to help the community. Over time, we fell in love with the fishing community and started hosting tournaments. We still do this from time to time through our Hook’em Texas Fishing Facebook group. People started to recognize us as Profound Fishing and we developed a social media presence full of humorous videos, fishing tips and various ways we could help the community.”

Those wishing to follow the exploits of the Ferguson family further can join the aforementioned private Facebook group or follow them on TikTok or Instagram, where they can be found under the name Profoundfishingtx.

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