Yellow Bullhead Catfish New State Record

A yellow bullhead catfish caught in the Crystal River on Dec. 17 is the new state record for that species. Tom Flynn of Homosassa was fishing with minnows when he hooked into the 5 pounds, .75 ounce catfish. “Actually, I was fishing for mangrove snapper,” Flynn said. “However, I started catching catfish and decided to keep them. I caught seven and took them home.” Flynn’s wife was not sore how to cook the fish.”She’s not really a big fan of catfish,” Flynn said. “But she went online to check them out and discovered that the state record was 2.91 pounds. I knew I had bigger fish than that.” When Flynn checked his catch, he had two fish that weighed more than the standing state record. For a fish to become an official state record, an FWC biologist must verify the species and weigh it on a certified scale. The previous record of 2.91-pound was caught by Michael Pace caught it in the Withlacoochee River in Levy County on March 7, 2007.

Fort Lauderdale Fishing Charters fish for state record fish.

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