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UNITED STATES RECORDS
Weight: 78 lbs.-0 oz.
Length: 52 inches
Girth: 39 inches
Angler: Brian Newberger
Caught at: Cape Fear River above Lock & Dam #3
Bait/Lure: Live eel
Record Date: Sept. 17, 2005
Weight: 23 lbs. - 4 oz..
Angler: E.J. Bowden of Rocky Mt.
Caught at: Rocky Mt. City Lake
Record Date: 1970
Weight: 13 lbs.
Angler: Jerry Wayne Bentley
Caught at: Lake James
Bait/Lure: Night crawler
Record Date: May 21, 1990
|Brown Bulhead Catfish
Weight: 3 lbs. - 12 oz.
Angler: Gregory Dale Hughes
Caught at: Buck Hall Creek - Duplin Co.
Bait/Lure: Night crawler
Record Date: April 26, 1997
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Weight: 89 lbs.-0 oz.
Length: 54 1/2 inches
Girth: 36 1/2 inches
(Head measured 30 1/8 inches)
Angler: Eric Fincher
Caught at: Badin Lake
Bait/Lure: Live shiners
Method: fishing for striped bass
Record Date: Nov. 25, 2006 around 1:30 PM
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|UPDATE March 27, 2009
David Haynes, gained notoriety for catching a 21-
pound channel catfish with a Barbie Doll fishing
outfit in August 2008, [setting the new North
Carolina state record].
But Haynes has had to relinquish his state-record
cat to an angler who caught a bigger channel catfish
back in 1970.
After reading media coverage about the channel
catfish state record, E.J. Bowden of Rocky Mount
. . . informed the NCWRC he had caught a bigger
channel catfish weighing 23 pounds, 4 ounces from
City Lake in Rocky Mount in 1970, and he had the
paperwork and photo to prove it . . . .
[Now,] the [state Wildlife and Resources]
Commission [has] accepted Bowden’s channel cat
as the official state record.