Evans was fishing from a boat dock just after dark when the fish bit. It's a dock he fishes often, Evans told North Carolina Sportsman, because it has deep water and cover within casting distance. "As soon as I picked up the rod and reel, I knew it was a larger fish than I'd ever caught before," Evans said. "[I've caught] a fair number of 30- and 40-pounders, but nothing like this. It was pulling hard and took line whenever it wanted. I was thinking it might go 50 or 60 pounds."