9-year-old boy catches massive blue catfish in New Mexico

The Associated Press
In this photo taken Nov. 10, 2019, Alex Flores, 9, holds a 42-pound blue catfish he caught while fishing in the New Mexico's Elephant Butte Reservoir.

Elephant Butte, N.M. – He caught a fish “this” big. No, really.

A 9-year-old New Mexico boy landed a 42-pound blue catfish Sunday evening while fishing in the Elephant Butte Reservoir.

Kris Flores said his son, Alex, made the big catch by himself and shattered dad’s record of reeling in a 36-pound fish.

Flores says the fourth grader named the fish Wailord after the Pokemon character. The father says his son released the fish back into the reservoir after taking some photos and videos.

The biggest fish ever reportedly caught in Elephant Butte history was 78 pounds.