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Brunswick angler hauls in record-setting Blue Cat on Lake Gaston

South Boston News / July 08, 2020

Joey Baird of Brunswick County has captured a new North Carolina state freshwater fishing record for hauling in a Blue Catfish that tipped the scales at 121 pounds and nine ounces.

Baird caught the record-breaker on Lake Gaston, the same body of water that produced the last two record blue cats hooked in North Carolina.

On Baird’s Facebook page he has posted video documenting the catch, the weigh-in and the release of the fish — the release back into the waters he’d just pulled the fish from. That’s for all you that want to try your chance at landing a monster. Efforts to reach the titleholder for comment were unsuccessful.

Like all North Carolina state record fish, the big beauty had to be weighed on scales certified by the state. The fish was caught during the night and Baird had to keep the fish alive until the next morning when he and his fishing partners could get to a set of certified scales. Videos on YouTube of other anglers — some who have their own fishing channels on the platform — commented on the care given to the animal while out of its natural environment.

A state biologist also had to confirm the species of the fish and all associated paperwork to register the monster catch. After that the 60.5” long catch with a 41” girth was certified, Baird was officially in the history books.

Baird’s record breaks the record of 117 pound, eight ounce catch of Landon Evans who wrestled that catch in June 2016.

The waters of Lake Gaston and Buggs Island Lake are plentiful with big Blue Catfish. The world record Blue, a 143 pound monster, was caught in Kerr Lake by Nick Anderson of North Carolina in June 2011.

Anderson’s world record catch was 57” long with a 47” girth, surpassing the 130 pound previous world-record holder.

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