New Virginia State Record & World Record Blue Catfish
Angler Snags Record Catfish
on Kerr Lake
** State & World Record Blue Catfish 143 pounds - - June 18, 2011 **
** Congratulations to Nick Anderson **
The record stays with Kerr Lake
Nick Anderson, a N.C., resident, landed a 143-pound blue catfish from Kerr Lake, also known as Buggs Island.
The fish will shatter both state and world records for the species.
Anderson's catch was 57 inches long, with a girth of 43.5 inches. According to DGIF fisheries biologist Bob Greenlee, a blue catfish that size was probably between 15 and 25 years old. It would be Virginia's only all-tackle freshwater world record.
Former Virginia State Record Blue Catfish
Kerr Lake - 03-17-11, A new state record blue catfish was caught this
morning by Tony Milam, an avid angler on Kerr Lake.
The official weight is 109 pounds, performed
by Virginia Game officials
this morning with State Certified scales.
State Record Fish Committee of the Virginia Department of Game and
Inland Fisheries (VDGIF) has reviewed and certified the
new state record blue catfish. This will be only the second confirmed
freshwater fish over 100 pounds in the Commonwealth. The monster weighed
in at exactly 109 pounds and measured 53 inches in length with a girth
of 41 inches.
here for full size pic from the VDGIF
The previous state record of 102 pounds, 4 ouncesócaught on
the James 5/20/09 around 12:45 PM by Tim Wilson and Danny Ayers
measured 52-3/4 inches in length with a girth of 41-1/2 inches, and was
caught with cut shad and 30-pound test line. DGIF Biologist Bob Greenlee
was convinced the blue was full of eggs, a pre-spawn female.
VDH News -
This site promotes catch- and- release and that
is one reason people have been catching so many trophy catfish throughout the
state is because of the spirit of catch-and-release displayed among the serious
catfishermen. Also remember that larger and older fish tend to collect more
contaminants. The VDGIF and VDH(Virginia Department of Health)has fish
consumption advisories warning about the