State record catfish caught from the Nanticoke River in Seaford
DNREC'S Division of Fish and Wildlife have confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 36-pound, 3.2 ounce blue catfish, caught June 20 by Jordan Walker of Harrington.
The fish was 38 1/2 inches long and had a girth of 27 1/2 inches. Walker reportedly caught the fish in the upper Nanticoke River near Seaford on 12-pound test line with a chunk of Atlantic menhaden (bunker.) The catfish took the bait about 9:30 p.m., and he landed it nearly a half hour later.
The record catch was first confirmed by Fish and Wildlife Natural Resources Police officer A.F.C. Adam Roark, and verified at Taylored Tackle Shop in Seaford.
The previous catfish record holder was Gavin Spicer, who caught a 25-pound, 5.6 ounce catfish, also a blue catfish from the Nanticoke just two months earlier on April 21.
For more information on the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament, people can click on the 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide. The guide is also available in printed form at DNREC'S Dover licensing desk in the Richardson and Robbins Building on 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901 and from license agents throughout the state.