"Surprisingly, most fish over 90 pounds tend to be fairly young, relative to their size, whereas the older cats weighing only 8 pounds have been aged at 32," Buckmeier notes. "It appears that these really big fish are fast growers for some reason. Conditions in the reservoir contribute but growth can vary a lot, even in the same system. Perhaps there's a genetic link, but we don't know that. Splash's growth is not necessarily typical of Lake Texoma. Around the country, more researchers are stating to age blue catfish, so the database is growing." (Catfish In-sider 08 Guide) __________________ I have to give major credit to Stump Jumper for this great thread! You will find the whole thread in Missouri River talk, when i read his post, i was thinking, this is the best reason i ever found to practice catch and release. BIG FISH PRODUCE BIG FISH!!! PUT THEM BACK!