New World Record Black Buffalo Caught on Salmo Hornet!!!

New World Record Black Buffalo Caught on Salmo Hornet!!!

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New World Record Black Buffalo Caught on Salmo Hornet!!!

World Record Black Buffalo

Steve Coursey was out for a leisurely afternoon of bass fishing with his longtime friend Winston Lewis.

He wound up with a worldP record for a different, much bigger species.

On May 20 on the Tennessee River "about halfway between the [Chickamauga] Dam and downtown," Coursey caught a 58-pound black buffalo carp. Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency fisheries staffer Mike Jolley has signed off on it as both the state and world record.

Edward McLain had held those records since May 3, 1984, for a 55-pound-8-ounce black buffalo caught in Cherokee Lake.

Coursey sent the official certifying paperwork to the TWRA on Wednesday. The 68-year-old Whitwell Mountain resident and owner of the Triple "C" small motor repair shop on 35th Street just off Rossville Boulevard will replace McLain in the records publication next year.

"It was about 3 in the afternoon that Monday," Coursey recalled. "We were on the right side of the river, going downstream, close to the bank. There's a little indention there.

"I got that hit and I set the hook, and then I told Winston to get the net. Then I got a better feel for it and I told him, 'Lay the net down and turn that big motor on. He's going to spool me.'

"If it wasn't for Winston, I wouldn't have this fish."

He also praised God for the success.

"The Lord was with me," Coursey said. "When I set the hook, it felt like it was solid, and something inside me told me I was going to catch that fish."

Coursey decided to ride out the big buffalo's fight on the Salmo lure. He really didn't have the rod or line he would've chosen for such an undertaking, but his 6-foot-6-inch St. Croix rod and Penn reel with 8-pound-test line held up through a 45-minute challenge.

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