LARGEST CATFISH EVER CAUGHT IN NORTH AMERICA: 130 LBS (PENDING CERTIFICATION) NEW WORLD RECORD BLUE CATFISH

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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.

3 Comments

  1. Floyd says:

    Do you think this guy gives the public a bad image of a catfisherman ?

  2. admin says:

    cant say that i do floyd, its most catfishermans dream to catch a fish like that, to be honest i would have used measures to keep the fish alive but it prolly wouldnt have helped! from the past 3 world records set, all the fish have died. i think the public should understand, what would you or the public do if we had caught one this big?

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