Kaleb Summers of Claremore became reigning champion and record holder with the biggest fish ever checked in at the 2012 Okie Noodling Tournament in Pauls Valley last weekend.
He and his team wrangled a biggest-ever flathead female that weighed 70.46 pounds.
Summers’ fish beats a 68.6-pound fish caught by Jon Bridger of Bartlesville in the 2009 event. That fish was one of a pair of 68-pounders turned in by a team that included now-well known Mudcats television show noodlers Marion Kincaid of Caney, Kan., and Mark Shull of Bartlesville.
Noodlers used to compete as teams for the largest three-fish stringer with a separate prize for single largest fish. This year the rules changed to compete just for one largest fish in several categories – natural, scuba, women’s and youth – plus the largest overall. Summers’ fish took top prize in the natural division and heaviest fish overall.