Zeb Hogan

I grew up in Chattanooga hearing rumors of Volkswagen-sized catfish swimming in the river near the dam, and I'll admit it: I was naive enough to think that such tales were unique to my hometown. It turns out people have been saying the same thing for decades in locations all around the South.

Some of the world's rivers provide a natural habitat for extremely large fish.  These animals are the stars in the  Nat Geo WILD program Monster Fish.  In June 2012 Zeb Hogan visited Chattanooga in search of giant catfish in the Tennessee River.  The season opener for Monster Fish will air on Nat Geo WILD Friday July 5, 2013 at 10:00 PM and includes the Chattanooga visit.