The North Carolina record for blue catfish was set in 2006 when an 89-pound monster was caught on Badin Lake.
In December 2015, Zakk Royce broke the North Carolina record not once, but twice in a 24-hour period.
Royce was fishing on Lake Gaston near Littleton on Dec. 21 when he caught a 91-pound blue catfish. The next day, he reeled in a 105-pounder.
Royce released both fish back into Lake Gaston after having the weights confirmed by a state biologist.
Getting the first catfish confirmed wasn’t an easy thing, however, with Royce’s first big blue. He landed the fish, with some help from a friend who was kayak fishing nearby, quite near the end of the day. He couldn’t reach a biologist, so Royce, with the help of his father and some friends, kept the fish alive overnight in a tournament live well.
After releasing the first record-breaker, Royce decided to fish some more. The 105-pound blue catfish was too big to fit in the net, so he had to cradle it in the net and into the boat.
If you’re looking for a lucky fishing buddy, Royce is definitely your man.