Blue Catfish Blows Georgia State Record Out of the Water

This Georgia man beat the old state record by more than 12 pounds.

Richard Barrett, of Axson, couldn't believe his eyes when he saw this monster surface in the Altamaha River while fishing with his daughter last Saturday.

Weighing in at 93 pounds, his catch destroyed the old state record for blue catfish.

Barrett said he didn't think he'd be able to get it in the boat initially, but proved himself wrong!

According to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources' Wildlife Resources Division, the previous record was set in 2010, weighing in at 80 pounds, 4 ounces.

He reportedly caught the 14-year-old fish on the edge of a deep hole using a live channel catfish.

"It is always good news when I hear about someone catching a new state record fish in Georgia as it continues to show me how many great fishing opportunities are out there," said John Biagi, Chief of Fisheries for the Wildlife Resources Division. "This is our first state record of 2017, and I hope it ignites a fire in all new and experienced anglers to get outdoors and go fish Georgia."

Congratulations from all of us here at Wide Open Spaces, Richard!