Big Fish

World-record blue catfish dies en route to sports store

A record 124-pound blue catfish that was pulled out of the Mississippi River Sunday has died while being taken to a sporting goods store. One fisheries biologist says its captors took special precautions to make sure the 58-inch long fish would be "comfortable" during the trip from Alton, Illinois, to Kansas City, Kansas where it would have gone on display in a sporting goods store. He says "we're baffled by this." However, the biologist says because the fish was "very old" and "very heavy" the travel stress "could have been too much." The store manager says officials are going to make replicas of the big fish that was nearly five feet long.