Richard Nicholson, of Connellsville, was fishing the Youghiogheny River in October when he set the hook on a 34-inch, 18.1-pound walleye that set a new state record. In September, Joe Granata, of Monaca, boated a 64.8-pound flathead catfish in the Ohio River on the West Virginia side. Upstream just a few miles, it would have crushed the current Pennsylvania flathead record.

Monsters still exist in Pittsburgh’s rivers, giant fish that could snap a fishing rod and challenge some of Pennsylvania’s greatest record-setting catches. Some of the world’s biggest fish are featured weekly on “Monster Fish,” a TV series on NatGeo Wild, by the National Geographic Society and Walt Disney Co.

Taking advantage of its parent company’s 133-year affiliation with museums, NatGeo has sent a “Monster Fish” exhibit on a tour of American natural history museums. It is installed through April 10 at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Oakland.

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