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Posted at 12:35 AM ET, 07/01/2011

Blue catfish get huge, but which fish is ugliest?


From left, Nick Anderson, his father Rick Anderson and stepbrother Jeramie Mullis pose with a 143-pound blue catfish. (Dallas Weston - ASSOCIATED PRESS)
It’s not just those who fish who have beer guts anymore, apparently: It’s the fish, too.

Well, not quite a beer gut, but an enormous belly, reports Justin Jouvenal from Mecklenburg County in Virginia. Last month, an angler caught a 143-pound blue catfish in a reservoir there. While the guys holding it are smiling, it’s not because it’s the most attractive animal around.

But which fish is the least attractive? Vote here, and share your fish stories in the comments.

Photos of the Northern Stargazer, Oyster Toadfish, Hogchoker, and Northern Searobin are courtesy of the Chesapeake Bay Program’s Bay Field Guide.

By Terri Rupar  |  12:35 AM ET, 07/01/2011

 
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