What is the biggest catfish on record?

Mekong giant catfish
The Mekong giant catfish is the official freshwater heavyweight champion of the world. According to the Guinness Book of Records, a nine-foot-long individual caught in northern Thailand in 2005 weighted an astounding 646 pounds, making it the largest exclusively freshwater fish ever recorded.

What is a good catfish weight?

The Catfish Family of Players Most will average 3-10 pounds, but 25-50 pounders aren’t rare, and flatheads up to 123 pounds have been caught on rod and reel. The blue catfish rivals the flathead in size and can weigh nearly 120 pounds.

What is the biggest catfish caught by hand?

Nate Williams and Kelly Millsap haul in an 85-pound, 2-ounce Flathead catfish to break the national hand fishing record in Texas tournament on Lake Tawakoni. The birthplace of noodling, Oklahoma, has held the hand fishing national record for some time at 81 pounds.

How old is a 100 pound catfish?

Blue Catfish of this size may have been more common in the Mississippi River in the 1800s, but they are unheard of today. Blue Catfish can live for 30 years and fish over 100 pounds have been confirmed in at least eleven states.

Are there blue catfish?

Blue catfish are native to the Mississippi, Missouri, Ohio, and Rio Grande river basins. Blue catfish have been stocked as a recreational catch in almost 20 states.

What state has the biggest catfish?

Alabama tops the list of must-visit states for many big-cat aficionados. In recent years, waters like Wheeler, Wilson and Pickwick lakes on the Tennessee River have become world renowned for producing huge blue cats, including several exceeding 100 pounds.

How do beginners catch catfish?

Simply add a float above the weight on a slip-sinker rig. Use this rig to drift bait slowly through wood-rich catfish lairs or over weed without snagging on bottom or in cover. Drifting a float also helps cover water from the bank. A jig head (link to the jig head article) tipped with bait will also catch catfish.

How long can a catfish live?

Wels catfish: 60 years

How do you catch a 100 pound catfish?

The best way to target the blues during this time is to fish around the thermocline, either over deep water using floats and planer boards to suspend baits, or by fishing areas where the thermocline meets the bottom, or shallower. With the warmer water temperatures, drift fishing or trolling is effective.

What’s the best tasting catfish?

Some anglers believe flatheads’ diet is responsible for their superior table quality. And a properly cleaned flathead (be sure to remove the yellow fat in the meat) is unquestionably the best tasting of all catfish.

Is there a 280 pound catfish on Facebook?

Claim: Photograph shows a 280-pound catfish caught by an Italian fisherman. On facebook there’s a photo posted of a man with a HUGE fish… looks like a catfish. I believe it’s photoshopped…can you verify this?

Is there a 280 pound catfish in Italy?

Rumor: A photograph shows a 280-pound catfish caught by an Italian fisherman. Claim: Photograph shows a 280-pound catfish caught by an Italian fisherman. On facebook there’s a photo posted of a man with a HUGE fish… looks like a catfish.

How big was the biggest catfish ever caught?

According to Sportex Italia, Dino Ferrari’s enormous catfish was measured at 2.67 meters (approximately 8 feet, 9 inches) and weighed 127 kg (about 280 pounds). While this is certainly an impressive catch (and possibly a record for a catfish caught with a rod and reel), it is not a world record catch.

How big was the redtail catfish that Fernandes caught?

Fernandes’ redtail catfish was 123 pounds 7 ounces (56 kilograms) and 4.62 feet (1.408 meters) long. There really isn’t any more details about Fernandes’ catch, but he did use a fiberglass Sportex rod to land the redtail catfish.