Catfish

Hanahan angler shatters SC flathead catfish state record

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. […]

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Anderson woman breaks state-record with 113-pound Lake Moultrie blue catfish

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.

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12-year-old sets new spotted sunfish state record

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.

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State record pigfish caught out of Cape Lookout

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.

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Angler catches 105-pound blue catfish, breaks own NC state record set previous day

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.

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Big Lake Gaston blue catfish narrowly misses state record

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.

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Charlotte teen catches state-record green sunfish

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.

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Freshwater Fishing

Badin produced state-record blue catfish

North Carolina’s state-record blue catfish weighed 89 pounds and was caught in Badin Lake on Nov. 25, 2006, by Eric Fincher. It replaced an 85-pound fish that had been caught in Lake Norman in 2004.

Fincher, who was striper fishing, caught the big catfish on a live shiner fished 18 feet deep in a section of the lake that was 43 feet deep. He was fishing an Eagle Claw medium-action rod, with an Abu Garcia 6500 reel and 15-pound line.

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