Huge Stingray Could Break La. State Record

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An angler competing in a Louisiana fishing competition caught a 185-pound stingray, which, if confirmed, will set a new state record, according to GrindTV.

Bebe McElroy caught the monster ray while fishing with her husband, Vic, in the Desk and Derrick Club's Diva Rodeo competition. McElroy, an experienced angler, said she actually planned on catching a large stingray for the contest, but never expected to catch such a huge, potentially record-breaking beast.

"For years, Vic and I have been catching these stingrays and bringing them to various rodeos," McElroy said. "People were scared to death of them; they wouldn't get within 10 feet of a little-bitty stingray. It's not going to hurt you."

If McElroy's catch is accepted, it will shatter the previous record-holding stingray, a 141.31-pounder caught in 2004.

"That fish has been a target for almost 30 years," McElroy said. "It was so much fun. I get all excited. I get verklempt just talking about it. It was just a thrill of a lifetime."


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