Monster Blue Catfish Breaks Record

Tim McKneely and Mark Alexander hold up a monster 72.0 lbs blue catfish.
Tom Hungerford, © Texas Parks and Wildlife Department

Angler Tim McKneely just recently moved to the Fort Worth area from Central Texas. What better welcoming gift than a new record blue catfish?

McKneely and friend Mark Alexander fished all night December 18 into the morning of Monday, December 19, something the two anglers do quite frequently. They have experienced some pretty impressive catches in the past, including one outing where the pair landed over 330 pounds of blue catfish in about 16 hours of fishing. The duo have also caught plenty of blues over 10 pounds.

At about 8:00 am on Dec. 19, after already having a triple-header with fish weighing 32lbs., 25 lbs., and 10 lbs., they got a huge bite they knew was something special.  

Once they brought the catfish in, the two anglers realized they had a shot to break the previous Lake Worth record of 55 lbs ? ironically set December 23, 2001, almost ten years ago to the day. A quick internet search on their phone revealed there was a Texas Parks & Wildlife Department Inland Fisheries office right below the dam at Lake Worth. When the call came in, TPWD fisheries biologists decided to go see what the buzz was all about.

Upon arriving at the lake with paperwork, measuring board, and certified scale, a quick I.D. check revealed it was in fact a blue catfish. The behemoth tipped the scales at 72.0 lbs, was 48 inches long, and had a girth of 35 inches. Once all measurements and photos were taken, the Lake Worth monster was released to fight another day.

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