I just though it would be interesting to put together a list of the largest catfish ever caught, blues and flatheads, to get an idea of the distribution and a general idea of what is possible. Iím more interested in the fish than the methods. A 100lb fish is still a 100lb fish, no matter how it was caught.
Blue Catfish (Over 105lbs)
124lbs 2005 Tim Pruitt, Mississippi River near St Louis
121lbs 2004 Cody Mullenix, Lake Texoma (Texas Side)
118lbs 1988 Dan Grider, Lake Texoma, Jug (Oklahoma Side)
117lbs 1964 Azel Goans, Osage River, Missouri, Trotline
116lbs 1995 John Harmon, Mississippi River near West Memphis Arkansas
113lbs 2008 Steve Oudomsouk, San Vincente California
112lbs 1998 Robert Lewis Cumberland River, Tennessee
111lbs 1996 William McKinley, Wheeler Lake Alabama
108lbs 2007 Cary Winchester, Mississippi River near Memphis
Note: Used 105lbs to keep the list a manageable size.
Flathead Catfish (Over 100lbs)
139lbs 1982 Bruce and Mackey Sayre, Arkansas River Arkansas Snagline
123lbs 1998 Ken Paulie Elk City Lake Kansas
106lbs 1977 C Clubb Wister Lake, Oklahoma, Trotline
I know Iíve missed some, maybe a bunch. This is off the top of my head, backed by just a little bit of Googling. Part of the reason for putting up the list is to get more input. Iíve heard of bigger blues caught commercially, but I couldnít find any verification. If you have information on a fish that should be on the list, please post it up and I will add it. There only thing I ask is that it be verifiable, with a solid weight and either a state certification or multiple witnesses, or other reliable criteria.
There are a lot of fish stories out there. I know of several who have caught fish that I personally believe would be on the listÖ. Radish, Virgil Agee, Matt Bingham. These guys did a great thing and released the fish without endangering them to get an accurate weight. If it was a list of fishermen, I would put these guys right at the top, but I just donít know where on the list to put their fish.