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Man catches 50-lb catfish in his flooded front yard

Cheryl Santa Maria
Digital Reporter

Tuesday, February 27, 2018, 3:26 PM - Recent flooding in the US Midwest and Midsouth has caused massive delays and shutdowns, leaving entire neighbourhoods under water.

It's also given local marine life lots of new places to explore.

Robert Watkins, a constable in Louisville, Kentucky, saw that first-hand when he spotted an enormous catfish, weighing between 55 and 60 lbs, swimming through his front yard.

Watkins caught the fish and photos quickly went viral on Facebook, racking up more than 40,000 shares in just a few days' time.

According to local news affiliate WDRB, this isn't the first time Watkins has gone fishing in his front yard. He says that during a massive flood in 1973, he caught an 80-lb catfish.

He says the only time he can catch big fish is during a flood.

"Them big fish won't stay up in here," he says. "They go down to Fort Knox where it's deep and muddy. So when it floods, they come up here. That's why we take advantage of the floodwaters and get some of them."

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Looking ahead at the flood forecast

There's (some) good news ahead for residents who have been struggling to cope with the current soggy conditions.

The next couple of days look to be relatively dry for the Kentucky area, which should allow some of the heavy floodwaters that accumulated over the weekend to recede -- but Gulf moisture is expected to take aim at the region again later this week.

Visit The Weather Network US for continued updates on this system.

Sources: Facebook | WDRB

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