This massive catch is even more astonishing given the manner in which it was caught. Noy was fishing for bass during the 2nd day of the San Diego Team Series TOC (Tournament of Champions) – their year-end championship event, and using 8–pound test line on a spinning rod with a small 4-inch paddle tail swimbait. That’s considered relatively light tackle for the 4-pound class bass he was targeting, let alone, a 100–plus-pound catfish.
According to Noy’s posts on social media, the battle took about one hour, and the entire process of catching, weighing and documenting the catch at the dock with lake staff took about two hours time. After releasing the fish, he went back to bass fishing and finished the remainder of the tournament.