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Blue Catfish
Weight: 80 lbs. - 4 oz.
Length:  49 inches
Angler:  Earnest Timpson
Caught at: Lake Walter F. George
below the dam near Ft. Gaines
Bait/Lure: fillets from a white bass
Method:  
Record Date:  
February 2010
Flathead Catfish
Weight:  83 lbs
Angler:  Carl Sawyer
Caught at:  Altamaha River near Jessup
Bait/Lure: hand sized bluegill
Method: Ambassadeur 6000 with 50-lb.
braided Spider Wire 7/0 Eagle Claw
Circle C hook
Record Date:  June 22, 2006
Photo: Georgia Outdoor News
Channel Catfish
Weight:  44 lbs.-12oz.
Angler:  Bobby M. Smithwick
Caught at:  Altamaha River
Bait/Lure:
Method:
Record Date:  
May 18, 1972
Brown Bulhead Catfish
Weight:  5 lb. - 8 oz.
Angler:  James W. Andrews
Caught at:  O.F. Veal Pond
Bait/Lure:
Method:
Record Date:  
May 22, 1978
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Yellow Bulhead Catfish
Weight:  4 lb. - 15 oz.
Angler:  Glenn Settles
Caught at:  Ogeechee River
Bait/Lure:
Method:
Record Date:  
October 12, 2003
White Catfish
Weight:  8 lbs.-10oz.
Angler:  James Sanders
Caught at:  Savannah River
Bait/Lure:
Method:
Record Date:  
June 10, 1996
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Blue
    12-24-2007
Private 18 acre lake
Tyler Dodson
75 lb. -08 oz.
49 inches
   
Blue
  04-01-2006
Chattahoochee River
James Tyus
67 lb. - 8 oz.
48 inches
  15 # Test line
Blue
    19-12-0979
Clarks Hill Reservoir
Ralph H Barbee Jr.
62 lbs.
    Live gizard shad on 14lb. test
7' Bass Pro Shop rod/reel combo
caught while fishing for striped bass
Flathead
Disqualified
    05-24-2006
Altamaha River
Gene Middleton
67 lbs.  8 oz.
    Record Flathead Disqualified - May-2006
Gene Middleton held the previous state record for
flathead catfish. Middleton entered the Wayne County
Catfish Festival tournament May 20-21. With two
fish totaling more than 80 pounds, he stood to win
nearly $8,000 but could not pass a series of three
polygraph and voice-stress tests administered by the
Wayne County Sheriff’s Department. His failure to
clear the lie-detector test had cast a shadow of doubt
over the state record.
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Flathead Catfish
Weight:  83 lbs
Angler:  CJim Dieveney
Caught at:  Altamaha River
Bait/Lure:
Method:
 
Record Date:  July 11, 2010
Flathead Catfish Record is TIED between two anglers!