David Hayes will always be able to talk about the big one that didn't get away. The Elkin, North Carolina grandfather was out fishing with his granddaughter earlier this month, when the dream catch of a lifetime came swimming by - it was a state record channel catfish weighing in at 21 pounds, 1 ounce.
The feisty fisherman worked hard at hauling in his prized catch, as it struggled mightily in one of those weekend TV show-type battles between fish and angler. But there's a catch to this catch that may surprise you: Hayes did it using a cheap toy Barbie rod and reel.
His granddaughter had been holding the pole seconds before and asked grandpa to take hold of it while she went to the bathroom. But just after the youngster left, Hayes got the bite of a lifetime and the fight was on.
He struggled to hold the little pink toy as the pesky poisson on the other end bit on the hook. Hayes admits he was scared the thing would break, but lived to tell (or is that Mattel?) the tale, as he landed his prey hook, line and sinker on a 6-pound test line.
And it was an even bigger feat than it sounds. The fish was 32 inches long - two inches longer than the rod itself.
Meanwhile, more than five decades later, Barbie is still trying to land her own big catch. But it turns out Ken is a lot harder to reel in.