Benton Threet

Supervisor of the Cumberland County judicial commissioners and former sheriff's investigator Benton Threet has made it into the record book for his fishing prowess.

While fishing with son, Mark, on the Tennessee River a mile and a half below Watts Bar Dam near the mouth of Suey Creek on March 31, he hooked a 45-inch, 69-pound buffalo/black to qualify for the National Fresh Water Hall of Fame's "Catch and Release" division.

"It took 2 1/2 hours to haul in the fish," Threet said. "We had to put a rope down his mouth through the gills to get it into the boat."

He used a four pound test line to snare the fish on the first cast; however, Mark hurt his wrist trying to assist his father landing the fish.

A photo of Threet with his fish will be displayed in the Hall museum Records Gallery and the angler will be in receipt of numerous recognition awards.

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