My 84 lb blue catfish, a new record?

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by EricM, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. EricM

    EricM Active Member

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    Eric Maurer
    Beautiful afternoon on the Chickamauga, TN, bouncing cut skipjack down the drop-offs, this 84 lb monster picked up the bait at 38+/- feet on top of the drop-off. I knew it was a monster right from the beginning and fought it for about 45 minutes. One boater stayed with me to watch the whole thing. After netting it (the net held!) I grabbed a couple of folks and headed for a dock because this fish should set the new IGFA World Line Class record for 130 lb line and it had to be weighed on land on certified scales (which I carry) and witnessed. It was 55 inches long and had a girth of 34.75 inches. Just for reference in the picture, I am 73 inches long and have a girth of 42 inches! I stood in the water with it until it revived enough to swim away. This is a new personal best for me and was a lot more fun than the swims I took last week (posted as Twice in Two Days). What a riot!!!!!
     

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  2. Cattledogz

    Cattledogz Active Member

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    Congratulations Eric. What a fish!!!

    Reps to you for the release of the fish too. Way to go brother.

    I will be looking for your entry of this fish into the BOC Hall of Fame!

    Barb
     

  3. scline999

    scline999 New Member

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    Good job! I know that was fun.
     
  4. metalman

    metalman Well-Known Member

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    Eric,
    I do believe you will do anything to get yourself in the water, even catch a monster.
    Nice fish...W
     
  5. james_s333

    james_s333 New Member

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    nice fish.....i guess those two dips in the water paid off in the long run
     
  6. CaTmAnDo55

    CaTmAnDo55 New Member

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    great catch! hope you entered in the BOC big fish contest
     
  7. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    Congratulations Eric!!! That is one beautiful Blue Buddy!!!
     
  8. jerseycat9

    jerseycat9 New Member

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    Great Job Eric I hope they give you recognition for it
     
  9. pk_powell

    pk_powell New Member

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    Oh my Word! Thats a jim dandy! Good Job in releasing that beast! Thanks for sharing!:big_smile:
     
  10. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Awesome fish brother, congrats on the catch. She is a beauty.
     
  11. RiverKing

    RiverKing Active Member

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    Thats a heck of a fish man, I wish i was there to see it in person...Nice catch, congrats, and good luck on the record..
     
  12. dougc

    dougc Active Member

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    Great job on an outstanding fish! I would hate to think of what would happen if that one would have pulled your rod overboard!!!
     
  13. catfishrus

    catfishrus New Member

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    congrates on the catch. nice to see them big ones released too.
     
  14. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    Excellent job. What a catch.
     
  15. Bigbluefisherman

    Bigbluefisherman New Member

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    Congrats on you dandy blue! I can't imagine landing one that big.
     
  16. billcatfish

    billcatfish New Member

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    congrats on a nice fish looks like you had a blast i just got my pb a mouth ago it was 44lb i had a blast i can not think how much fun it would be to catch a fish like that take a look at the fish that i caught its in the Ind.river talk an congrats on the nice catch
     
  17. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    Now thats a fish, congrats to you Eric!!!!!
     
  18. jerry9497

    jerry9497 New Member

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    congrats Eric.... didnt I just say that a few months ago...... maybe I change my name to Eric. then I catch a record... maybe
     
  19. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    I belive you have caught a dream :dribble: fish
     
  20. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Eric that is a monster fish. Thanks for sharing the pics. Something tells me you just love being in the water, maybe more than on it..Glad you released it.:big_smile: