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St. Albans man catches state record blue catfish

Oct. 04, 2012 @ 10:14 AM

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — A St. Albans angler has broken the record for the largest blue catfish caught in West Virginia.

Division of Natural Resources director Frank Jezioro announced Mark Foster’s record-breaking catch Wednesday. He says Foster used cut bait to hook the 43.9-inch, 44.5-pound fish in the Ohio River, breaking his own 2011 record catch of 32.28 pounds. The previous length record was a 42.25-inch blue catfish caught by Lynn Lange in 2009.

On the same day that he caught the record catfish, Foster also landed a 52.25-inch longnose gar, tying the length record held by Shelby Searls.