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Flathead Catfish
Weight:  66 lbs.-4 oz.
Angler:  Mike Willems
Caught at:  Occaquan Reservoir
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Record Date:  
May 6, 1994
Previous Channel Catfish
Weight:  31 lbs.-8 oz.
Angler:  Sue Stanley
Caught at:  Rappahannock River
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Record Date:  
October 2, 1992
White Catfish
Weight:  7 lbs.-6 oz.
Angler:  Thomas Elkins
Caught at:  Western Br. Reservoir
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Record Date:  
March 24, 1992
Bulhead Catfish
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Previous Virginia Catfish Record Holders
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Date
Location
Angler
Weight
Length
Girth
Bait/Lure/Method
Blue
  03-17-2011
Buggs Island
Lake near the
confluence of the
Dan & Roanoke
Rivers
Tony Milam of
South Boston, VA
109 lb - 4 oz
53 inches
41 inches
Cut Shad on 30 pound test.
Blue
    05-20-2009
James River
Dutch Gap area
Tim Wilson
102 lbs - 4 oz..
52.75 inches
NA
 
Blue
06-15-2006
James River
Archie Gold
95.11 lbs.
54.5 inches
48.5 inches
A Jetersville man caught a 95.11-pound blue
catfish on the James River on June 15, 2006.
Ron Southwick, assistant director of
fisheries for the Virginia Department of
Game and Inland Fisheries, certified the
weight on scales at Hopewell Marina
yesterday morning. The fish, which
measured 54½ inches in length, was released.
Archie Gold, a veteran catfish angler, caught
the blue cat using cut shad at about 10 p.m.
Saturday, Southwick said. Details about the
precise location were unavailable.
Blue
 
06-29-2004
Bluestone Creel
at
Kerr Lake
William Zost
of
Roxboro, NC
92.28 lbs.
NA
NA
40 lb. test Berkley Big Cat line on an
Ambassaduer 5500 reel

RECORD CATFISH FROM KERR LAKE
(Buggs Island) 92.28-pound Blue

When an angler catches a state record fish,
we outdoor writers frequently say so-and-so
"broke" the record. This time, maybe we
should use the word "demolished" the record.

The fish was a pot-bellied female with an
empty, post-spawn stomach. She might have
gone 100 pounds or more a few weeks earlier
when full of eggs.
Blue
  11-19-1999
James River
Hugh L. Self Jr.
71 lbs. - 12 oz.
NA
NA
 
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Nick Anderson was fishing with his Father and
Brother when he hooked this fish. It was
weighed at Mecklenberg Supply Inc,  which was
one of few places with a scale large enough to
weigh. It took 45 minutes to reel it in.
(Virginia State Record - World Record)
Weight:  143 lbs. - 13 oz.
Length:  57 inches
Girth:  43.5 inches
Angler:  Nick Anderson
Caught at:  Goat Island area of John H Kerr
Reservoir near the confluence of the Dan and
Roanoke Rivers
Bait/Lure: (Anderson has not publicly discussed
his secret bait but "chicken breast" was listed on
the VA record application)
Method: Ugly Stick - Shimano Reel with 30 # test
Record Date:  June 18, 2011