Pending Delaware State Record Catfish Caught

delaware state record catfish, sussex county, broad creek, nanticoke river, phillips landing, laurel, seaford
Pending State Record catfish caught by Thad Palmer … measured 37″, weight 24.65 lbs out of the Broad Creek

Despite the bad weather and gnarly conditions.  Some people got out and went fishing before storm Stella decided to try and get her groove back.  The action wasn’t bad for striped bass in the Broad Creek for anglers trying to catch large mouth bass.  Nothing like the shock of a twenty pound striped bass on a crank bait with light gear.  One thing you never expect to catch is a state record fish.  Congratulations to Thad Palmer of Seaford Delaware on his pending Delaware State Record catfish catch. The catfish measured thirty seven inches and weighed in at 24.65 pounds by Taylored Tackle Shop.  He landed the beast in the Broad Creek on bunker chunks. After having the catfish checked out by Fish and Wildlife, he released it back into the Broad Creek. Taylored tackle stored the cat in its live bait tanks until DNREC could make it there. So there won’t be any blackend or fried state record catfish this week and the beast will live for the next angler.  The old record is held by William Ridgely from New Castle, Delaware it weighed in at twenty three pounds six ounces caught in the C&D canal in 1992.  Only took twenty five years to break this record.  I am wondering if it will be broken again this year.  We have seen some large catfish the past year or two.  Only time will tell.

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Rich King


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