A Missouri man lands a 120-pound blue catfish on a trotline to break the Missouri state record.
Burr Eddie III of Malta Bend, Missouri caught a record-breaking blue catfish from the Missouri River on March 21, 2015. The big cat weighed 120 pounds, 8 ounces with a length of 55 and 1/8 inches and a girth of 45 inches.
The Missouri Department of Conservation (MDC) verified the weight on March 25 with a certified scale at Bass Pro corporate headquarters in Springfield. It was then given the new state record for alternative methods, breaking the 50-year-old previous record of 117 pounds.
Trotlining is a very popular way to catch catfish. A heavy fishing line is generally strung up between two trees across a river. Smaller sections of fishing line with hooks are then spaced out across the line, baited, and dropped in the water to await a fish.
Alternative methods in Missouri are considered to be just about any way not caught on a rod and reel. This includes throwlines, limb lines, jug lines, spearfishing, gigging, atlatl, bowfishing, and more.
Edde spoke with the MDC and said at the time of the catch he thought, “Oh my goodness! That’s a big fish. How am I going to get this one into the boat? It was definitely an experience of a lifetime to catch one that big. I was blessed, and there are still lots of them out there.”
He wanted to let his record catch go or donate it to Bass Pro, but it did not survive through the record keeping process. He plans to have a replica mount made of the fish instead to remember his catch by.