Monday, October 24, 2011

Holy Sh*t or Bull Sh*t? Catfish Caught on Basket Ball

Is this fish photo real or a fake?
At FishMax we love receiving amazing and hard to believe fishing photos (got some? Then send 'em in!)

Today's hard to believe photos of a catfish eating a basketball come from regular reader Robbie, attached to the following story:

A guy who lives at Lake Saint Marys
(60 miles north of  Dayton , OH ) saw a ball bouncing
around kind of strange in the lake and went to
It turned out to be a flathead catfish that had
apparently tried to swallow a basketball which
became stuck in its mouth!!

The fish was totally exhausted from trying to
dive, but unable to, because the ball would
always bring him back up to the surface.

The guy tried numerous times to get the ball out,
but was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife cut
the ball in order to deflate it and release the hungry

You probably wouldn't have believed this,
if you hadn't seen the following pictures:


So is this photo of a catfish eating a basketball a fake? We'll get our team of fishing investigators on to it and report back soon as to whether this crazy fish photo is Holy Sh*t or Bull Sh*t!

Don't forget, if you've seen a big fish photo, crazy fishing video, wierd fishing tail or tall fishing story that sounds too good to be true send it in to and our team of reporters and experts will investigate and tell you whether they are truely "Holy Sh*t" or "Bull Sh*t.


  1. This is very real and I sure wish one day it would be told correctly. I'm the photographer and this is my husband helping the flathead - but in Wichita, KS on Sandalwood lake. These flatheads apparently come up to the top during the duck hatching season to eat these babies. This one sucked on a basketball that some kids must have lost control of in our neighborhood. Please check snopes, National Enquirer, Ripley's Believe It or Not - Planet Eccentric for more information or contact us if you'd like.

  2. I believe the pictures are real,But,I don't believe they were taken at Lake St. Mary's as I have fished that lake for years and have caught a lot of channel and some blue cats but have never caught a flathead from there...

  3. This is very much believable. A large Flathead Catfish has a huge mouth and as all catfish will eat or try to eat anything. Basketball probably looked like a large salmon egg.