On June 28, 15-year-old Edwards Tarumianz caught a gorgeous, almost pure white blue catfish on the Tennessee River near downtown Chattanooga. Captain Richard Simms, who was guiding the young angler, snapped a photo and posted it to Facebook.
The response was incredible. Within a week the photo and story were circulating worldwide on social media. National news outlets like Field & Stream, Coastal Angler Magazine, USA Today and Newsweek picked up the story.
Comments such as "one in a million" and "like winning the lottery" characterized the catch every time it was reposted. It was a very rare fish, but that's not the end of the story.
It appears the odds of hooking one of these amazing white catfish may be significantly better than "one in a million" in a particular stretch of Tennessee River downstream of Chickamauga Dam.