LARGEST CATFISH EVER CAUGHT IN NORTH AMERICA: 130 LBS (PENDING CERTIFICATION) NEW WORLD RECORD BLUE CATFISH
THIS IS EVERY CATFISHERMANS DREAM!
We at discovercatfishing.com would like to congratulate! Greg Bernal of Florissant, Missouri
A Missouri couple may have possible broken a world record by catching and landing in a 130-pound catfish with a rod and reel, breaking the previous record set 5 years ago by Tim Pruitt by 6 pounds.
Greg Bernal and friend Janet Momphard used pieces of Asian carp that jumped in there boat while fishing in the Missouri River in the Columbia Bottoms. Bernal Say’s he brought the monster catfish to the side of the boat in about fifteen minutes, but took an additional thirty minutes to actually get it into the boat and requiring two dip nets to do so. They finally got the fish in the boat at about 1:30 a.m. Bernal used a Penn reel and 40-pound fishing line to catch the catfish. Because he caught it in the middle of the night, Bernal could not get the fish to the Department of Conservation office until later Tuesday morning, unfortunately by then, the fish had died. The fish measured 57 inches in length, and 45 inches in girth. It has been confirmed by Missouri Department of Conservation biologists as the new state record. Application for world record status has been submitted to the Game Fish Association and is currently awaiting confirmation.
Check out the video of the fish here.