Record-breaking catfish, a whopping 106.9 pounds, lives to fight another day

Record-breaking catfish, a whopping 106.9 pounds, lives to fight another day

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Record-breaking catfish, a whopping 106.9 pounds, lives to fight another day

A Kentucky angler, participating in a tournament last weekend to honor his late fishing buddy, broke the state record when he reeled in a blue catfish weighing 106.9 pounds.

The massive fish was kept alive until staff from Western Kentucky Fisheries arrived to weigh and certify the catch. The catfish was then carefully released as a small crowd watched it swim away in the muddy water.

“I’ll never get another one like it,” Glynn Grogan, the angler, says in a video posted to the Western Kentucky Fisheries Facebook page.

“You know you got him though,” a friend responds.

Grogan: “I know I got him.”

106.9-pound blue catfish is weighed and admired. Photo: video screen grab

He beats the previous state record of 104 pounds, set in 1999.

Grogan, who runs a taxidermy shop in Arlington, was fishing in the Walter Hayes Memorial Tournament on the Ohio River when the massive catfish took a mooneye used as bait.

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He explained that Hayes was his longtime fishing companion, so to set a record during the tournament felt extra noteworthy.

106.9-pound blue catfish is released into the Ohio River. Photo: video screen grab

“It was very special,” Hayes said. “I felt like he was with me.”

Blue catfish, which are native to the Mississippi, Missouri and Ohio River basins, are second in size only to Wels catfish, which are common in parts of Europe and Russia. (Blue catfish have also been introduced into other U.S. waters.)

Few blue catfish caught by anglers exceed 100 pounds, but they can grow much larger.

The International Game Fish Assn. lists as the all-tackle world record a 143-pound blue catfish caught in Virginia’s Kerr Lake in 2011.

–Editor’s note: Image atop this post is a generic blue catfish photo; other images are video screen grabs

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