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June 23, 2011 Comments (1) Fishing News

Likely World Record Catfish Caught At Kerr Lake

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The 143 pound catfish that Nick Anderson reeled in took 45 minutes to bring aboard the boat and will likely notch a new world record.

It’s not official, but if Anderson captures the record, he will have shattered the old record for blue catfish, easily passing the 130 pounder pulled out of the Missouri River last year.

The record isn’t official, but if Anderson captures the record, he will have shattered the old mark for blue catfish, easily passing the 130-pound whopper pulled out of the Missouri River last year.

“My dad netted him by the head, my brother grabbed the tail and I grabbed his body,” Anderson said. “We were just shocked.”

The 143 pound catfish measured 57 inches long, just shy of 5 feet, and 43.5 inches around.

He won’t reveal his bait choice beyond a “family secret,” nor his tackle beyond a “rod and reel.”

The fish is estimated to be about 20 years old.

From left, angler Nick Anderson, his father Rick Anderson, and stepbrother Jeramie Mullis with a 143-pound blue catfish from Kerr Reservoir in Virginia. Virginia game officials say the fish could set a new world record for blue catfish. (Dallas Weston | Mecklenburg News-Progress via The Associated Press)

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