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Florida man catches 120lb blue catfish but doesn’t clinch state record

  • Joel Singletary scored the staggering catch while fishing in the Choctawhatchee River on April 11
  • The current state record comes in at just 70lbs, making Singletary’s catch 1.7 times larger
  • Because he caught the fish on a trotline, he did not qualify for the record but the FWC did award him with a Big Catch certificate 

A Florida fisherman scored a huge when he caught a 120lb blue catfish but it won’t count for the official state record because of how it was captured. 

Joel Singletary scored the staggering catch while fishing in the Choctawhatchee River on April 11. 

‘He wondered how he was going to get the fish on his boat,’ the Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission (FWC) said in a Facebook post on Monday. 

Joel Singletary scored the staggering catch while fishing in the Choctawhatchee River on April 11

‘It wasn’t long until his adrenaline kicked in, enabling him to pull the behemoth fish onboard.’ 

The current state record comes in at just 70lbs, making Singletary’s catch 1.7 times larger. 

Because he caught the fish on a trotline, he did not qualify for the record but the FWC did award him with a Big Catch certificate and called it the ‘Granddaddy of all catfish.’ 

The current state record comes in at just 70lbs, making Singletary's catch 1.7 times larger

The current state record comes in at just 70lbs, making Singletary’s catch 1.7 times larger

Trotlines are heavy fishing lines that have interval hooks with bait on them. It is connected to a snood which is then connected to a main line. 

The blue tuna fish is native to big rivers and can be found all over Florida.

The big catch minimum for the particular fish comes in at 25lbs. 

Because he caught the fish on a trotline, he did not qualify for the record but the FWC did award him with a Big Catch certificate

Because he caught the fish on a trotline, he did not qualify for the record but the FWC did award him with a Big Catch certificate

 

 

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