Hooking a Beastly Cat Oct 14, 2019 21:03:58 GMT
Post by Ghost Comanche©® on Oct 14, 2019 21:03:58 GMT
Hooking a Beastly Cat
The Lake Country’s reputation for producing the Big Cats is once more in evidence after Steve Dudzinski of Creedmoor, N.C. hooked a 116-pound blue catfish near marker 16 on Buggs Island Lake, east of Clarksville.
Dudzinski and boat owner Tim Richardson were trolling for stripers in Richardson’s ’94 Dixie around 7:30 p.m. on Friday, July 31 when Dudzinski felt the tug on his line. The two are hobby anglers with vacation homes near the lake.
It took about 25 minutes for the men to haul in their monster catch, which was documented by friends who happened along just as the fish was being hoisted into Richardson’s boat.
The anglers brought the catfish to Bobcat’s Bait & Tackle in Clarksville where it was officially weighed and recorded. Richardson said they were told the 116-pound, 58-inch blue cat ranks no. 3 in Virginia for record-setting catches.
According to the website Catfish Edge, which tracks trophy catches, Dudzinski’s haul comes in near the top of record-setting blue catfish, worldwide.
In 2011, three men from North Carolina set the world record for blue cats when they pulled a 143-pound fish out of Buggs Island Lake. They bested the previous world record, set in 2010, by 13 pounds: topping a 130-pound blue cat caught in the Missouri River.
In 2005, a 124-pound blue cat was caught in the Mississippi River near Illinois, and the year before that a 121.5 pound blue cat was found in Lake Texoma in Texas. Other record setting catches include a 120.8 pound blue cat from the Missouri River, a 115-pound blue cat from the Mississippi River near Louisiana and a 109—pound blue cat also caught in Buggs Island Lake in 2011.
A 136-pound blue cat was caught in South Carolina’s Lake Moultrie in 2012, but it does not qualify for world record status because it was not caught using a rod and reel.
Richardson said Dudzinski contacted Bass Pro to see if they would be interested in mounting and displaying the fish. He did not know what, if anything, was decided.