SEAFORD, Del. (WTXF) - It’s a big fish for a small state. In fact, it was just confirmed as a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament.
The state’s Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control announced Jordan Walker of Harrington caught a 36-pound, 3.2-ounce blue catfish on June 20.
It says the fish was 38½ inches long and had a girth of 27½ inches.
According to the Division of Fish and Wildlife, “Walker caught the fish in the upper Nanticoke River near Seaford on 12-pound test line with a chunk of Atlantic menhaden (bunker). The catfish took the bait about 9:30 p.m., and he landed it almost a half hour later.”
The previous catfish record holder didn’t keep his title long. Gavin Spicer caught a 25-pound, 5.6-ounce blue catfish from the Nanticoke just two months earlier, on April 21.
You could say that record got away!