RECORD BLUE CATFISH St. Albans Man Catches State Record Blue Catfish
Reported by: Jeff Morris
Web Producer: Jeff Morris
Reported: Oct. 3, 2012 2:14 PM EDT
West Virginia DNR Photo
, Kanawha County
, West Virginia
Mark Foster has made quite the catch, and it has earned him a West Virginia record.
The St. Albans man caught a 43.9-inch, 44.5 blue catfish recently from the Ohio River while using cut bait, according to a news release from the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources. The huge catfish establishes a new West Virginia record for length and weight. His catch breaks his own 2011 record catch of a 32.28-pound blue catfish. The previous length record was a 42.25-inch blue catfish caught by Lynn Lange in 2009.
Foster also caught a 52.25-inch, 15-pound longnose gar that ties the current length record held by Shelby Searls. Foster caught the gar on the same day from the Ohio River using cut bait. The longnose gar weight record of 19.08 pounds held by Michael Casey still stands.
Anglers who believe that they have caught a state record fish should check the record listing in the 2012 Fishing Regulations brochure. The brochure also outlines the procedure to follow for reporting their catch. This information also is available online at www.wvdnr.gov.
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