New record

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by endy317, Feb 23, 2006.

  1. endy317

    endy317 New Member

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    World-Record Blue Catfish From Illinois!
    Illinois has some great catfishing spots, but who knew that a 124-pound monster was lurking about?
    By Curt Hicken


    [​IMG]Prairie State catfish angler Tim Pruitt recently set a fishing record that will be difficult to top.
    During a May 21 late-night fishing trip to the Illinois side of the Mississippi River below the Alton Lock and Dam, the Bethalto angler hooked a fish that tested his limits -- as well as that of his fishing gear and boat.
    Following an exhausting battle that continued for about 40 minutes, Pruitt landed not only the largest catfish ever landed in Illinois, but the biggest blue cat ever caught in the world, a monstrous 124-pound lunker. The tug-of-war dragged the boat containing Pruitt, his wife and a friend for three miles downriver.
    The record catch measured 58 inches in length and had a girth of 44 inches, according to Illinois Department of Natural Resources district fisheries biologist Fred Cronin. It weighed in at 124 pounds and topped the previous state record for the species by a phenomenal 39 pounds.
    That previous state-record blue catfish also came from the Mississippi River, but nearly 100 miles downstream from Alton.
    According to Cronin, Pruitt's fish outweighed the previous world-record blue catfish by 3 1/2 pounds. That fish was caught in Lake Texoma in Texas.
    "While we have already verified the catch as an official Illinois state record, the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) who maintains the world records requires a greater amount of information for their verification process," Cronin explained.
    Interestingly, all the publicity surrounding the record catch now has many Alton area anglers concerned that hundreds, if not thousands, of hopeful record-seekers from across the nation will descend upon their secret fishing hole just north of St. Louis.
    "I knew it was just a matter of time before someone landed a new state record from these waters." Cronin said. "There had been several blue catfish in the 80-pound category caught from these same waters in the past year."
     
  2. Mr.T

    Mr.T Active Member

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    Too bad the thing died while they were trying to take it to Cabelas to put on display.

    Wish they would have just measured, weighed, photographed and set him on his way -- that big monster should have been worth at least that much respect.
     

  3. etipriga

    etipriga New Member

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    Ive heard about that fish dien on the way to Cabelas but i didnt quite know the whole story. I still thought the record blue was the 121 pounder. I thought that the 121 was going to hold the record for a lot longer than it did but i guess not.

    Thanks for sharin.
     
  4. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    Yeah Cody's 121.5 blue splash didn't last very long at the top of the all tackle record... The good thing is Splash is still the 20lb line class record and also the texas state record so she will not be topped very soon in those respects.

    And the 124 record by Tim Pruitt may not last long either... he broke that a little while ago. Its actually been around the board a few times.
     
  5. catstalker

    catstalker New Member

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    Does anybody know what kind of equipment this guy was useing?
     
  6. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    cat stalk- which guy? cody or tim? i know cody was using 20 lb test on (i think) a 12ft rod , tim i don't really recall what he caught his on
     
  7. maddcatter

    maddcatter New Member

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    I don't know if I ver read anything about what Tim was using, But in an issue of In-fisherman, they had a detailed description of what Cody was using.
     
  8. loki1982

    loki1982 New Member

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    For anyone who doesnt know, splash died recently as well. I got to see splash back I think it was July 4th 04 I believe. Here are some pics

    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/savagevamp2000/detail?.dir=3866&.dnm=e526.jpg&.src=ph
    and
    http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/savagevamp2000/detail?.dir=3866&.dnm=7d7b.jpg&.src=ph

    sorry the pics arent that great. I went here with my family July 4th. They had Splash along with a 20ish pound flathead,a white but not albino channel catfish, buffalo,carp,stripped bass,whitebass, brim, crappie all in a huge display aquarium.
     
  9. catonboard

    catonboard New Member

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  10. catonboard

    catonboard New Member

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    WOW. I'm ready to catch the next WR:lol:
     
  11. LarryW

    LarryW New Member

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    I will leave the records to you guys. For me I will fish for my chanels that are eater size and fun to catch and get a lot of fish. If I do hook into something bigger all the better but not really expecting it.
     
  12. ST Lunker

    ST Lunker New Member

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    Now that is a huge Cat! Thanks for the pic
     
  13. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    thats the most beautiful ugly fish I have seen. nice catch thanks for sharing
     
  14. David Knotts

    David Knotts New Member

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    Thats a keeper, i'd love to fight one that big.
     
  15. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    I wish they would have turned both those big fish lose, they might still be alive today.
     
  16. KYfarmer

    KYfarmer New Member

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    I saw the 104lb world record that Bruce Midkiff caught I watched him release it at the boat ramp here in town. The wildlife people told him places would pay him to display it and he said he would rather let it go. They did have some replica fish made of it they are hanging in 2 local bait shops in Owensboro.
     
  17. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    To bad that fish die, maybe he should have released him.