Paul Daniels and his wife Janet, of Hanahan, S.C. decided to catch a few blue catfish for dinner after church on Feb. 11 in the Cooper River. But 30 minutes into the fishing trip, Daniels’ task for the day quickly changed into searching for a certified scale after his wife helped him lift a big flathead catfish — the new South Carolina state record — into his boat.
Steve and Paula Haney of Anderson, S.C., knew they were in for a fight when Paula set the hook on a big blue catfish while drifting a spread of cut baits on the lower end of Lake Moultrie this past Saturday. What they didn’t know is that the fish on the line would later be crowned South Carolina’s newest state record, a 113.8-pound blue that surpassed the previous record by more than 4 pounds.
Elijah Crabtree, a 12-year-old from Bladenboro, is one of North Carolina’s newest freshwater fish record-holders. Crabtree caught a 7.7-ounce spotted sunfish, a close relative of bluegills and redbreast sunfish, and it is the newly-established state record.
Pigfish aren’t a species that immediately brings visions of deeply bent rods and screaming reels, but there are N.C. state and IGFA world records and Jason Edwards’ May 23rd catch has been approved for one and is pending for the other. Edwards’ pigfish weighed 2 pounds and 12 ounces which bested the former N.C. state record by a half pound.
Fort Mill native Mitchell McConnell was fishing in Greenfield Lake in Wilmington, N.C. when earlier this month, and he broke the Tarheel State’s brown bullhead record with a 4-pounder he caught with live bait.
Lightning doesn’t strike the same place twice? You can bet guide Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro won’t be making that wager any time soon. After catching a 91-pound blue catfish at Lake Gaston on Sunday, Dec. 20 — a fish that stood to break the state record by 2 pounds — he bested himself by shattering that record the next day with another blue that weighed 105 pounds and measured 55 ¾ inches.
What started out as a slow day turned into a fishing trip that the father and son duo of Jon and Zakk Royce of Murfreesboro will never forget. Lake Gaston has spit out its share of big blue catfish, but this past Monday, it almost produced a state record, falling short by 3 pounds when Jon Royce landed an 86-pound behemoth.
It was a team effort that landed Victoria Navaroli a state-record fish from a private pond in Creston. In the early morning hours of July 12, the 13-year-old Charlotte girl watched as her big brother Jack baited his hook with a quarter of a night crawler and then handed his fishing rod to her. Two casts later, Victoria reeled in the record-breaking green sunfish.