Fish

Braeton Matthews proudly holds up his 65-pound flathead catfish that to caught on Friday night by the old dam at the 102 river east of Maryville. The  youth from Dallas, Texas, is the grandson of Jim and Mary Waldeier of Maryville.

MARYVILLE, Mo. — A pair of young fishermen from Dallas, Texas, made some memories this past week when they were visiting their grandparents in Maryville.

Camden and Braeton Matthews are twins and the grandsons of Jim and Mary Waldeier from Maryville. 

On Wednesday, July 24, the twins and their friend Aiden Davis, also from Dallas, were fishing late at night near the old dam on the 102 River east of Maryville when Camden hooked a flathead catfish.

The other two boys helped Camden bring the fish to shore. The flathead weighed in at 55.5 pounds and measured 48-inches. Camden used a rod and reel with a live blue gill as bait. 

Just two days later, the boys decided to try their luck again at the same spot and this time Braeton was able to secure bragging rights.

Using ‘Pa Pa Waldeier’s special bait’ Braeton hooked a 65-pound flathead. The fish from Friday night measured out at 52-inches long.