Union Democrat staff

Mavrick Pedroni, 6, of Sonora, hooked a huge catfish Wednesday that almost pulled the youngster out of the boat. Pedroni, while fishing with his father Matt at New Melones Reservoir, hooked his hog of a fish and the lunker took off, almost taking the youngster with it. The 60-pound Pedroni recovered, battled with the fish and reeled it in. He got the fish in the boat and it weighed 13 pounds and was 30 inches long. He made his trophy-sized catch using chicken liver.