OMAHA, Ga. — A Florida fisherman reeled in the catch of a lifetime this weekend and ended up setting a Georgia state record.
Tim Trone competed in a fishing tournament on the Georgia-Alabama line on Saturday and caught a blue catfish that weighed 110 pounds and six ounces.
It set a new record for the biggest catch in Georgia and crushed the previous record by 17 pounds.
The Georgia Department of Natural Resources Wildlife Division said Trone used a cut bream as bait. The fish officially measured out at 58 inches long and had a 42 inch girth.
“Georgia has such great fishing opportunities, and we love to hear about this kind of exciting news,” says Thom Litts, Chief of Fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. “This is our first state record since last April, and I hope it encourages all anglers to get outdoors and Go Fish Georgia."
Georgia wildlife experts said there are several kinds of catfish that can be found in our state: channel catfish, flathead catfish, white catfish and brown, flat, snail, spotted and yellow bullheads.
Blue catfish can weigh over 100 pounds but they are typically only one to 20 pounds in Georgia.
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