My NC State Record Channel Cat!

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by crankbait77, Aug 31, 2007.

  1. crankbait77

    crankbait77 New Member

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    North Carolina
    Official Listing on the North Carolina State Website.

    My friend Jason and I had been out all evening, and caught 3 small blues before dark and nothing had hit for hours after. Jason had to work the next morning, so he offered to let me keep his boat for the night, and he would head home to get some sleep. Over an hour passed without a hint of a bite. When I finally decided to leave I moved to the front of the boat to begin getting in the rods when one of the back bait runners began to run. I put the front rod back in the holder and grabbed the rod quickly setting the hook. The fish fought nicely, and had me convinced that it was a nice blue. When I got the fish to the boat I noticed it had a different build to it than that of a blue cat, so I turned on the white lights and saw the awesome gold color of the fish. I immediately called Jason and told him that I believed I had just landed the new state record channel cat. He had just arrived in his drive when the call came and told me where to find some stringers. I stayed at the river as long as I could trying to keep the fish alive, but before I reached Custom Marine Fabricators to have it certified it died in my cooler full of river water. It was caught at 2 AM and weight approximately 20lbs, but was not certified until 7:45 AM when it weighed in at 18 lbs 5.44 oz. I then drove the fish to Kinston to meet with Bob Barwick a North Carolina Wildlife Biologist who confirmed the fish to be the new state record.

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  2. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    Darryl
    Nice Channel cat. Bet its cool to hold the record.

    Congratulations!
     

  3. treddinwater

    treddinwater Active Member

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    That's awesome man, congrats. You did something we all aspire to do. My PB channel cat is 16lbs, but thats about 20lbs off of the Indiana state record haha. But anyways, thanks for sharing, and that sure is a good lookin fish.
     
  4. kingdawes

    kingdawes New Member

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    nice fish, Not many people say I hold the state record anything.
     
  5. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Congrats on a nice catch, and also congrats on making the state record.
     
  6. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    Allentown, Pennsylvania
    Thats awesome!! Congratulations on your record. dont worry about it dying, you tried your best to keep it alive, thats what matters most.
     
  7. yeppa

    yeppa New Member

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    Topeka, Kansas
    !!FANTASTIC!! I've got some records myself. Just check with the police.
     
  8. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Walter Flack
    Wes, congrats on the state record, way to go brother
     
  9. Dadoftwo

    Dadoftwo New Member

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    Oklahoma City
    What a hog. Congrats on that channel and the record. That must feel good to be in the books.
     
  10. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Greenup Co. KY
    Congrats on the catch and the record! :big_smile:
     
  11. BamaRiverRat

    BamaRiverRat New Member

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    Alabama
    Nice catch! I was just logging on to see if I could find out what channels are averaging. I'm averaging about 18lbs on my blues and I've caught a few nice flats, but the channels I've been catching are under a pound.
     
  12. catfisherman60

    catfisherman60 New Member

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    Congrats on the state record.
     
  13. coble9

    coble9 New Member

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    Ohio
    congrats man, that is something you will never forget
     
  14. south_va_fisherman

    south_va_fisherman New Member

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    Muddy Cross, Virginia
    are you going to mount him? or eat him?
     
  15. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    Every dreams of breaking a record. Congrats.
     
  16. massa_jorge

    massa_jorge New Member

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    congratulations on hittin the record man! that's a chunk of a channel cat too!
     
  17. crankbait77

    crankbait77 New Member

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    North Carolina
    It died while I was getting it certified, so I cleaned it up for a later meal. Kevin with Americanfishtaxidermy.com is producing a replica mount for display from the many photos that I took of the fish. So I guess that is the best of both worlds. A mount and a meal.:big_smile:
     
  18. darinspawn

    darinspawn New Member

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    North Dakota
    great job bro.. I had what my buds and I believe to be the North Dakota record channel cat. currently it is 33.4 pounds and was 39" long with 28" girth.

    I caught mine at 2am and it was seen by my 4 friends. measured 41.5 "
    long. 29.5 girth. I had no way to keep it alive until 8am so I put it back in. next time I will be ready.

    always nice t here others are catching nice ones. who knows when the next BIG one will bite.
     
  19. LarryB

    LarryB New Member

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    Longford,Kansas
    Wes, Great fish, way to stick with it. Tough luck to Jason, somebody has to work.
    LarryB
     
  20. hoosierdaddy47250

    hoosierdaddy47250 New Member

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    Madison,indiana
    congradulations on the record