Landon Evans, a 15 year old from Murfreesboro, NC just caught the largest blue catfish in the history of North Carolina, weighing in at a staggering 117 pounds on June 11th, the record was confirmed by the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission.
It is the third time in six months that the record has been broken from the same Lake Gaston in Northern North Carolina.
In December, Zakk Royce, of Murfreesboro, caught a pair of record-setting blue catfish in a 24-hour period, according to the Commission. The first fish, caught on Dec. 20, weighed in at 91 pounds and was 53 inches long. Hours later he caught a 105-pound, 55.75-inch long blue catfish.
To qualify for a N.C. Freshwater Fish State Record, anglers must have caught the fish by rod and reel or cane pole, have the fish weighed on a scale certified by the N.C. Department of Agriculture, witnessed by one observer, have the fish identified by a fisheries biologist from the Commission, and submit an application with a full, side-view photo of the fish.