STEWART COUNTY, Ga. -- May we all have the kind of luck that one fisherman had when he reeled in a Georgia fishing record during a recent fishing tournament in Omaha.
Tim Trone of Havana, Florida, is now the new proud owner of the state record for a blue catfish catch.
According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources’ Wildlife Resources Division, he beat the old record by 17 pounds when he reeled in a massive 110 pound, 6 oz. blue catfish that measured 58 inches long and 42 inches around.
“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!”
Blue catfish (Ictalurus furcatus) are one of several types of catfish found in Georgia. The list also includes channel catfish, flathead catfish, white catfish, and brown, flat, snail, spotted, and yellow bullheads.
Blue catfish are a silvery blue color and have a “humped” back, forked tail, and small eyes. As with other catfish species, they also can be identified by their lack of scales and the “cat-like” barbels on their mouths that look like cat whiskers.