State Record Catfish Beats Mark by 11 Pounds

State Record Catfish Beats Mark by 11 Pounds

It is the second time this year the Delaware state record catfish has been broken.

A new state record for catfish has been has been confirmed by the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s fish and wildlife division, according to a news release.

The agency said the 36-pound, 3.2-ounce blue catfish caught by Jordan Chelton of Harrington measured 38½ inches long and had a girth of 27½ inches.

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Jordan Chelton of Harrington with his state-record 36 lb., 3.2 oz blue catfish. (Photo courtesy of DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife)

The fish was caught in the upper Nanticoke River near Seaford in June in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament. The catch was confirmed as a state record in August.

Chelton’s record stands for any catfish; Delaware only recognizes one catfish category in its state fishing records.

According to the news release, Chelton’s catfish bit a hook baited with a chunk of Atlantic menhaden around 9:30 p.m. on June 20. It took him nearly 30 minutes to land the fish.

The record eclipsed the previous record — also caught in 2017 — by nearly 11 pounds.

The previous record was set in April by angler Gavin Spicer, who caught a 25-pound, 5.6-ounce blue cat, also out of the Nanticoke.

The record catch was initially confirmed by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police-officer AFC Adam Roark, and verified at Taylored Tackle Shop in Seaford.

For all state freshwater fishing records, visit the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Delaware Fishing Records page.

For more information on the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament, visit the 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide.

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September 15, 2017 at 09:56AM


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