04/01/2019 3:30 AM AEDT | Updated 04/01/2019 3:41 AM AEDT

Woman Catches A 'River Monster' And Has The Footage To Prove It

"I never in my life seen a fish this big," Paula Cathey Smith exclaimed of her 88-pound catfish haul.

Paula Cathey Smith caught a whopper ― and she earned it.

The angler posted a nearly 12-minute video last weekend of her reeling in a huge catfish dubbed a “River Monster” by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.

Smith hooked the 88-pound blue catfish in Kentucky Lake, which borders Kentucky and Tennessee. The experience was “awesome,” she told HuffPost on Thursday.

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Paula Cathey Smith cradles her prize catch, an 88-pound blue catfish.

Smith told the Tennessean that as soon as she dipped a fresh gizzard into the water, it bit.

“I never in my life seen a fish this big,” said Smith, who later released the fish.

The fish is Smith’s personal best in terms of weight, the Tennessee agency wrote, but she has her eye on a bigger catch.

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Paula Cathey Smith's catch is her personal best.

“My goal is to beat the state record of 112 (pounds),” she told HuffPost.

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Smith later released the 88-pounder, saying she hoped her grandson could catch it one day.