Grandpaw Hayes in Wilkes County caught some crickets so his granddaughter could catch some bream/gills on her Hot Pink Barbie Doll fishing rod. She caught a few small fish and let them go and then she had to go to the house and use the potter. While she was gone, grandpaw left the bait in the water and lo and behold, a 21 pounds, 1 oz. channel cat picked up the bait and Hayes fought it for 25 minutes, before he got it to the dock. It was weighed at the Thurmond Grocery store in Thurmond, NC and certified by the state. Previous record was 18 pound, 5 oz. per the news release.