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Blue Catfish Caught in Alabama

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Blue Catfish over 50 pounds or 46 inches may qualify for a Master Angler Certificate.
Blue Catfish over 70 pounds or 51 inches may qualify for a Trophy Angler Certificate.

 82-pound blue catfish
Captain Jason Bridges
helped Doug Stange of In-Fisherman land this 82-pound glutton on April 19, 2014, from Wheeler. It was Doug's personal best. Welcome to Alabama, Doug.
Matt with a large catfish from Pickwick, 2/25/14. 
82-pound catfish
Jerimie Huges caught this 82-pound blue catfish on April 9, 2014 from Logan Martin.
Catfish from Eufaula
Emory Gordon Carver, age 6, caught this big blue catfish, 32-pounds, from Lake Eufaula on September 2, 2013.

Blue Catfish
David Miller caught this 32-pound blue catfish in 2013 from Logan Martin.

25-pound blue catfish
Ed Hargrove caught this 25-pound blue catfish from Lake Mitchell on July 23, 2013.

 35-pound catfish
A 35-pound blue catfish on 10-pound test line, fun below Wheeler Dam, June 1, 2013.

Big Catfish
Dave caught this 91.4 lb blue catfish from Wheeler on April 22, 2013, with Captain Bridges.

Rheanna Fuller with a 101-1/2-pound blue catfish.
Rheanna Fuller landed this 101.5-pound blue catfish from Wheeler Lake exactly a year after her father landed a similar sized fish with a similar wound on the dorsal fin.  Interesting.
 Andrew Ekema caught this blue catfish
Andrew Ekema celebrates his eleventh birthday catching his largest fish ever, a 7-pound blue catfish from Wheeler Lake, October 2012.
Dylan Connell with a blue catfish
Dylan Connell landed this large blue catfish from the Pea River using a piece of skipjack herring, October 16, 2012.
 Blue catfish
Ryan Sage, Jr. weighs in a 25-b blue catfish from the Tombigbee River at Blackwells Landing, Jackson AL.

Ryan Sage caught this blue catfish
Ryan Sage, Jr. catches a fat 24-pound blue catfish from the Tombigbee River near Jackson.

 David Griffin caught this blue catfish
On October 14, 2012, David Griffin caught this 54-pound blue catfish from the Tombigbee River near Jackson, AL.

Wally Austin caught this blue catfish from the Mobile River near Mount Vernon during the summer of 2012.
Alabama Recrod Blue Catfish
John Nichols caught this Alabama record blue catfish from Holt Reservoir on March 10, 2012.  The official weight is 120 pounds and 4 ounces. He used 40-pound line, a circle hook and chicken gizzard.

Wally Austin caught this blue catfish from the Mobile River near Mount Vernon during the summer of 2012.
 Chris Fuller with a 104-pound blue catfish
Chris Fuller from Arkansas caught this huge 104.7-pound blue catfish from Wheeler Lake on March 20, 2012.

John Smith caught the largest, 28-pounds, of four blue catfish during a January 29, 2012, trip to Lake Weiss.
Bradley Reed with a huge Guntersville catfish
Though it was not a world record bass, this catfish gave Bradley Reed quite a fight after it bit a blue and black jig on Guntersville
Clay McKinnon caught this 47 pounder from his dock!
Clay McKinnon caught this 47-pound blue catfish FROM HIS DOCK at Logan Martin over New Years weekend 2011-2012.

Ron Fletcher caught this blue catfish from Lay Lake

Sherry Warren caught this 25 pound blue catfish on Logan Martin in August of 2011.

Donald Fallon caught this 28 pound blue catfish on Logan Martin in August of 2011.

Margot Fontenot and Josh Wing caught this blue catfish at May Day Park in Baldwin County.

On July 3, 2011, Billy Dunn, Ricky Henry, and James Garrett (not pictured) caught this blue catfish on Lake Neely Henry.
Tina Fuller with a large blue catifsh from Wheeler
Tina Fuller of Arkansas holds a 38-pound blue catfish caught from Wheeler Lake.
Chris Fuller with a monster 71-pound blue catfish from Wheeler Lake.
Chris Fuller of Arkansas with a monster 71-pound blue catfish from Wheeler Lake. Caught on December 23, 2010 on skipjack.
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A 74-pound monster blue catfish from Wheeler Reservoir. Caught in March of 2011 on Skipjack.
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Chris Fuller holds the largest blue catfish of the trip, 85-pounds! Caught in March of 2011 on skipjack.
95 pound blue catfish from Wheeler Lake
Tim caught this 95-pound blue catfish on a skipjack herring on March 5, 2011, while fishing with Captain Jason Bridges of www.wheelercatsguideservide.com.

Jason Bridges
of Arab wrestles with a big blue catfish, part of his sixth-place fishing in the September 2010 Big Cat Quest tournament on Wheeler Lake (photo by T. J. Stallings).

102-pound blue catfish

Jerry Cline (my dad), Josh Cline (my brother) and I had the pleasure to fish Wheeler Lake in Alabama with Guide Mike Mitchell on Friday, February 5, 2010. This day was one that we will never forget!!!

We anchored on our second spot around 9:00 AM, and the fun began. The first rod dropped, and Dad uses a TWC rod to land a 30 lb blue catfish. The second TWC rod dropped, and I catch a 40 lb blue. No bites for 15 minutes, and we go to our next spot.

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First rod drops, and Josh uses a TWC rod to catch a personal best, a 66 lb. blue. Second TWC rod drops, and Dad fights and land his personal best, a 72 lb. blue. No bites for a few minutes, and we move again.

My rod goes down, and I grab the rod out of the Monster Rod Holder and immediately know that this is a monster. It felt like I had just hooked into a car. I have never felt something so big and so strong in all my life of fishing! I kept telling Mike, my dad and Josh that this is a giant. After about a 10-15 minute fight Mike lands the fish in the net. Josh and Mike lift the giant blue catfish into the boat. After several minutes of extreme excitement, it is time to weigh the fish.

Mike pulls out his 100 pound scale, and the scale reads FULL!!! I can't believe that I have just caught a 100 pound fish. Mike then brings out his 110 pound scale, and the catfish weighs 102.52 lbs!!! The blue catfish was 54 inches long, and the girth measured 40 inches. We take several pictures and release the big fish back into Wheeler Lake. The total for the day was 8 blues for 420 pounds!!!
Joe Ludtke

Twelve-year-old Jeff Williams went fishing with Jeff Williams and landed this 60 pounder in September of 2010 from Wheeler Lake (photo by David Rainer).
Jason Williams and Allen Neuschwander hold up an 86-pound catfish.
Jason Williams and Allen Neuschwander brought in the new year right with an 86-pound blue catfish caught on January 2, 2010.

hundred plus pound catfish from Wheeler Lake
The largest blue catfish ever caught on video was this 101-pound, 54-inch Lake Wheeler fish caught on November 15, 2009 by Jason Bridges of Arab, Alabama's www.wheelercatsguideservice.com, and Rusty Devore from Missouri.

Big Blue Catfish - GIANTS
The men followed that up with a nice trio of blue catfish: 63, 68, and 72-pounds, again from Wheeler.

Brandon Price with a 40+ pound blue catfish.
Brandon Price caught and released this 40+ pound blue catfish from Wheeler Lake on December 15, 2006.

Ann Coley caught this 62-pound catfish from a private pond on February 8, 2009.

Brandon Price caught this 52 pound blue catfish downstream of Guntersville Dam on December 15, 2006.

Brandon Price caught this 68 pound blue catfish on Wilson Lake October 5, 2006.

Caught April 21, 2009 by Jason and Michael on Lake Weiss
Jason Williams, with the help of Michael Howell, caught this 60 pound blue catfish on Lake Weiss by using a 1-liter soft drink bottle rigged like a trot line, baited with cut shad.

Preston Lowe is happy about landing this 10 pound blue catfish on a four pound test line at Chambers County lake on March 30, 2009. 

This 35 pound blue catfish was caught in March of 2009 on Logan Martin.

These blue catfish from Lake Guntersville were caught during a jug fishing trip. The big one is 96 pounds.

Matthew Moran caught this Blue Catfish on the Tennessee River at Triana, Alabama.
Matthew Moran caught this blue catfish on the Tennessee River at Triana, Alabama on November 2, 2008. It was 48 inches long and weighed 54 pounds.

Rita Miller caught this channel catfish on Lake Jordan using ten-pound test fishing line and dog food for bait 

Rachael Warren caught this twenty-eight pound blue catfish on cut shad bait in October of 2008. She was fishing on Logan Martin in the mouth of Choccolocco Creek.

Blue catfish by Ronnie Morris

Blue catfish from Canoe Creek 
This big blue catfish was caught on July 11, 2008 using Canadian nightcrawlers. It was caught from a private pier on Canoe Creek in St. Clair County by Mark Smith.

  Blue catfish from Wheeler Lake in 2007
The blue catfish came from Sugar Creek of the Elk River arm of Wheeler Lake in 2007.

  Blue Catfish from the Tensaw River
Dion Thomas shows his 47-pound 11-ounce blue catfish from the Tensaw River caught November 24, 2007.

Big Blue and Big Flathead Catfish from Wheeler Lake
Big blue catfish (left - 48 pounds) and flathead catfish (right - 42 pounds) from Wheeler Lake.

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