2011, Record breaking Blue cat: Biggest catfish ever caught in America

On Saturday night Fathers day weekend a North Carolina man, Nick Anderson, a high school football coach from Geenville NC, caught a new world record blue cat in the John H. Kerr-Buggs Island Lake near Clarksville Va. (certification still pending) The fish weighed in at 143 pounds, 13 pounds over the previous record. During a weekend father and son fishing trip to John H. Kerr Lake, also known as Buggs Island Lake, Anderson landed a 143 pound blue cat, easily topping the previous record of 130 pounds caught from the Missouri River in May of last year by Greg Bernal of Florissant, Missouri

Anderson, said on Sunday that the record breaking fish was caught around the Goat Island area near Clarksville, Anderson did not give away his secret bait but said that the fish was caught using an “Ugly Stick” rod with a Shimano reel and 30 pound test line. It took Anderson, his father and brother, more than 45 minutes to wrestle the fish into their pontoon boat.

The fish was taken to Mecklenburg Farm Supply in Chase City, the only place in the area that had scales large enough to perform the official weigh in. The fish was certified at 143 pounds and was 57 inches long with a girth of 47 inches.

Nick Anderson, with help from his father Rick and brother Jeremmie Mullis show off the big one that didn’t get away.

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