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NEW HANOVER COUNTY, N.C. — A North Carolina man reeled in a massive 112 pound catfish, just five pounds shy of breaking a state record.

WWAY reported that Riahn Brewington caught the huge fish while fishing on his favorite spot on the Cape Fear River.

Brewington told the TV station that he caught and released the catfish in the northeast part of the Cape Fear River the day before Thanksgiving.

“In the water, it felt like it was pretty big,” he said. “I thought it would have already snapped the line, but I didn’t realize how big he was until I actually got my hands underneath him.”

He took several pictures of himself with the fish, which was reportedly only five pounds shy of the North Carolina state record for catfish.