New Channel Catfish World Record....

Discussion in 'FLORIDA RIVERS TALK' started by Stumpknocker2, Nov 9, 2006.

  1. Stumpknocker2

    Stumpknocker2 New Member

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    Well I am sitting here looking at the local paper and a 76 year old man has broke the world record channel cat. The state record was 44.5# and the world record was 58#, his channel wieght in at 63#. He was caught on a bush hook and cut bait. He was caught on the Chatawhatchee river, just miles up the road from me. What a trip, and I thought there were no big cats in there. LOL.
     
  2. RiverKing

    RiverKing Active Member

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    Thats a big old channel....That recoed has stood for a long time...Thanks for sharing
     

  3. SkiMax

    SkiMax Well-Known Member

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    MAN THAT'S A MONSTER! My goal has been to catch a 60+ pound blue, but now i want a 60+ pound channel! our state record is only 33 so it might take a while. :big_smile:

    Got any pics of that beast?
     
  4. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    any pics or a link? Id love to see that big ole cat!
     
  5. Stumpknocker2

    Stumpknocker2 New Member

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    Here is the article from todays paper...
     

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  6. catfisher43

    catfisher43 New Member

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    Man 63 # channel.Didnt realize they could get that big.Thanks for sharing.
     
  7. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    man now that must have been a fight. then again I only use a medium action and a med-heavy action spinning rod when im out on cat patrol.
     
  8. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    I dont mean to be a party pooper but I'm pretty sure it turned out to be a blue cat.They say it took a long time for the biologists to find out but they confirmed it to be a blue.This is not solid evidence but there was alot of talk on another forum about this and thats what was said.
     
  9. Stumpknocker2

    Stumpknocker2 New Member

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    Well the article said that the wildlife commission said it was a channel, I guess the best thing to do is look on the net at the records.
     
  10. CatBusster

    CatBusster New Member

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    shame it had to die

    another 5 years and who knows it could have been a 70!!!!!!
     
  11. matt22va

    matt22va New Member

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    I'm pretty to sure to be a world record the fish has to be caught on rod and reel.
    Matt
     
  12. chrisblue

    chrisblue New Member

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    Thats correct, but if it is a channel its still a trophy none the less.
     
  13. matt22va

    matt22va New Member

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    chris,
    if that was a wells catfish it would still be a trophy for me, I'm still struggling with the 40lb mark targeting blues and flatheads. Santee cooper didn't get it for me in the 3 years I was there so now I'm hoping to hit it on the Altamaha.
    matt
     
  14. MattShannon

    MattShannon New Member

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  15. KajunPCB

    KajunPCB New Member

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    any update to this? can anyone confirm that the wildlife officials said it was a blue?
     
  16. shelbygt1979

    shelbygt1979 New Member

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    Thanks for sharing I was wondering if any other state could hold the record as SC has held it far to long.
     
  17. Beaufort

    Beaufort Member

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    So did any body ever find any confirmation that it was a channel. i .
     
  18. Ghoulscout 13

    Ghoulscout 13 New Member

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    no mater what it was that is one nice fish
     
  19. villaitefla

    villaitefla New Member

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    I read that it was a Blue catfish.
    Also according to the article in The Herald, it was caught on a "bush hook", so that would have negated it being a world record anyway.
    I'll check if my friends at the FWC here in Orlando know anything about it.
     
  20. IrishO'Brady

    IrishO'Brady New Member

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    A bush hook can still get a world record, its just not an IGFA type record. World record sized fish, not "world record caught on rod and reel" or "caught by alternative mothods... i.e, noodling, bowfishing" I beleive.