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Channel Catfish State Record Broken by Clayton Angler

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RALEIGH, N.C. (May 15) - After dropping the minimum weight requirement on the channel catfish state record category earlier this year, the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission announced today that John Davinson has reeled in the new state record with his catch of a 16-pound channel catfish from the Roanoke River.

Davinson, of Clayton, caught his record-breaker on April 19, using a Shimano rod and reel combo and a golden shiner minnow. The fish measured 32½" in length and 19½" in girth.

The fish was weighed on certified scales at Atlas Fish Market in Roanoke Rapids and was verified as a new state record by Kirk Rundle, a fishery biologist with the Commission.

To qualify for a state record, anglers must have caught the fish on a hook and line, must have the fish weighed on a certified scale witnessed by one observer, have the fish positively identified by a qualified expert from the Commission and submit an application with a full, side-view photo of the fish.

For a list of all freshwater fish state records in North Carolina or more information on the State Record Fish Program, visit the Commission's Web site,


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There's a challenge I'm up to! Gonna have to scrape the barnicles off the old catfish box!..LOL
Congrats to Mr. Davinson.

You may remember that the 1971 record was discredited after someone reveiwed the picture of the record catch and determined that it wasn't a Channel Catfish but a Flathead. The record was vacant for sometime and apparently the state wasn't getting any submissions because they lower the minimum requirement from 20 lbs to 10lbs. The current world record is 58lbs.

I think that you have a good chance of posting your name on that record Sundrop. Good Luck I would like to see you up there.
Gotta love a good steelers fan.:D
Man, I wanted that record. Guess I will just have to beat the new record.
Gotta love a good steelers fan.:D

you shopuld see the steeler flag hangin on the side of my garage haha
Rob, what are you doing letting someone get the record you wanted? You better get busy because this will be broken many times.

Sorry to tell you but I will be the next person to break the record.:)
Hey rob,

You should see how my aunt and uncle send me the used tickets from their season tickets to Hines Field. Is a cruel, cruel world to a football coach who's busiest time coincides with the time they want you to come up to a game. I have a black and gold room at the house. Coincidentally it's also the only room I'm allowed to keep any of my stuff in. The rest of the house belongs to the wife and I have to walk carefully.:eek:
My wife and her entire family is from PA. I have a 3x4-5ft steelers flag on the front face of my garage.

I have a fridge full of shrimp, worms,beejay, and chicken livers & gizzards right now. Tomorrow evening im going to fish.
I think that I'll have get in on some of this Friday night.
Sounds like a good idea. I think though I'm going to go to Gander mountain tomorrow instead of fishing. Go out early sunday morning/saturday night.
I think that I'll have get in on some of this Friday night.

let me know if you wanna go catfish Ive got 3 big rods and some heavy line haha
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