State record 36-pound, 3.2-ounce catfish caught from the Nanticoke River near Seaford

August 8, 2017
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DELAWARE DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES AND ENVIRONMENTAL CONTROL
SEAFORD (August 8, 2017)

DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife has confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 36-pound, 3.2-ounce blue catfish, caught June 20, 2017 by Jordan Chelton of Harrington. The fish was 38½ inches long and had a girth of 27½ inches.

Photo: Jordan Walker of Harrington with his state record blue catfish

Jordan Chelton of Harrington with his state-record 36 lb., 3.2 oz blue catfish/DNREC photo

Chelton caught the fish in the upper Nanticoke River near Seaford on 12-pound test line with a chunk of Atlantic menhaden (bunker). The catfish took the bait about 9:30 p.m., and he landed it almost a half hour later.

The record catch was initially confirmed by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police-officer AFC Adam Roark, and verified at Taylored Tackle Shop in Seaford. Delaware has one state catfish record, now held by Jordan Chelton, that stands for any catfish species caught here. The previous catfish record holder was Gavin Spicer, who caught a 25-pound, 5.6-ounce catfish, also a blue catfish, from the Nanticoke just two months earlier, on April 21, 2017.

For more information on the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament, click on 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide also is available in printed form at DNREC’s Dover licensing desk in the Richardson & Robbins Building, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901, and from license agents throughout the state.

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