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Illinois angler catches 92-lb blue catfish

What Rick Davis watches on TV nearly every week played out for real last Thursday evening on the Mississippi River near Alton.

Fishing for catfish near the power plant on the Missouri side of the river by Portage Des Sioux, Davis and his partners hauled in a 92-pound blue catfish that took 48 minutes to land and four people to hoist into the boat.

"It was like something you'd see on TV," said Davis, a 42-year-old painter from Godfrey. "I watch a show called 'River Monsters' on Animal Planet, and they go all over the world searching for these giant fish. Here I am eight minutes from my house and I catch one. That's how awesome it was."

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