Jacob Mayo shows off his catch, a fish destined for the supper table.
VALE – For Jacob Mayo, last week’s journey to his favorite fishing hole near the Butte Bridge began just like a thousand other fishing expeditions.
Using a 20-pound test line on a pole his grandfather used for Bass competitions, Mayo jammed a night crawler on the hook and cast out into the water as the early evening sun sank on the horizon.
Mayo, 22, was relaxed, enjoying the late-day sounds of the Malheur River when his pole quivered.
It jumped a second time.
Then, it bent in half.
“It took off with my line,” said Mayo.
He didn’t know, but “it” was a 25-pound flathead catfish. Not a channel cat, but an . . .