Cody Mullennix, 27, of Howe, Texas, was fishing on January 16 from the bank at the 89,000-acre lake. He had already landed a 56-pounder when something bigger slammed his bait, a dead shad on an 8/0 circle hook. A 20-minute struggle began, with Mullennix pulling back on the rod with all his strength. Upon beaching the fish, Mullennix discovered that his 50-pound scale was too small. Even a friend's 100-pound scale wasn't big enough.