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UNITED STATES RECORDS
WORLD RECORDS
Flathead Catfish
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
Method:
Record Date:  
Sept. 17, 2005
Channel Catfish
Weight:  23 lbs. - 4 oz..
Length:  
Girth:
 
Angler:  E.J. Bowden of Rocky Mt.
Caught at:  Rocky Mt. City Lake
Bait/Lure: cricket
Method:  
Record Date:
 1970
WhiteCatfish
Weight: 13 lbs.
Angler: Jerry Wayne Bentley
Caught at: Lake James
Bait/Lure: Night crawler
Method:
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
Method:
Record Date:
April 26, 1997
North Carolina Wildlife Resources
North Carolina Wildlife Resources - Freshwater Fish Records
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Previous North Carolina Catfish Record Holders
Species
Photo
Photo
Date
Location
Angler
Weight
Length
Girth
Bait/Lure/Method
Blue
06-19-2004
2:00 AM
Lake Norman
Joel P. Lineberger
85 lbs.
51.25 in.
35.50 in.
White Perch on 20 lb. test
7' Shakespeare Ugly Stick and Penn Intl. reel
Carolina Rig with 2 sinkers, large swivel, 30 or
40 lb. test leader, and a No. 6/0 Eagle Claw
hook. Weighed on certified scales at The
General Store on Hwy. 150
Blue
05-01-2003
Badin Lake
Andy Richmond
83 lbs.
    Live gizard shad on 14lb. test
7' Bass Pro Shop rod/reel combo
caught while fishing for striped bass
Blue
    03-21-1999
Cape Fear River
Keith Davis
80 lbs.
    Perch
Flathead
    07-26-1994
Cape Fear River
Edward C. Davis
69 lbs.  0 oz.
     
Channel
  08-05-2008
Wilkes County Pond
David Hayes
21 lbs.
32 in.
22.5 in.
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.
Channel
  08-15-2007
Neuse River
Wesley Trucks
18 lbs.  5 oz.
32.5 in.
21 in.
Cut eel
Tsunami Rod and Shimano 6500 reel
with 100 lb. test line
Channel
  04-19-2006
Roanoke River
John Davinson
16 lbs.  0 oz.
32.5 in.
19.5 in.
Golden Shiner Minnow
Shimano Rod and Reel
                   
                   
                   
                   
Blue Catfish
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.
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