Ron ,just because those guys in AJ did it doesnt mean its legal.I do not hold the official state record, but in my heart I knew I did the right thing. Pretty Ironic though that a year or so after that episode, Az game and fish gave the record to some guy in parker for catching the largest catfish in the state. He also transported it to the post office after keeping it alive in his bathtub for a couple of days. I guess he killed it and got the record! Alive or dead doesnt matter, its the transportation law that got me.. I wasnt sure if a flathead is a Gamefish or not, but az game and fish screwed the pooch on this whole thing. Dont get me wrong, I was partly at fault too for not knowing the transportation laws. All of the big fish guys in Aj always transported our fish to bashas to get them weighed. I know Bill warman who caught a fish bigger than mine and had an ordeal also. He said his fish went over 18 pounds!! I apologize to the zoners for keeping canyon such a secret in the 90,s, but myself and 2 other guys knew that canyon held a possible world record in its prime!!! We never let anyone know what we were using or where we were fishing at that time. I was the first person to get the big swimbaits in az and had canyon and saguaro to myself. sure there was a few guys who came out and stuck some toads on normal stuff, but never stuck with the big bait craze that was sweeping the west coast. I was fortunate enough to have Mike long from calif. as a mentor and he gave me some information about big bass hunting that would blow your mind.. Well enough ranting on about that sore subject. I am on my way to texas to try the swimbait tactics that I have acquired over the last 16 yrs or so and maybe I can break the record there and possibly a world record !!! Ron C.