Reported “World Record Blue Catfish Caught in Georgia” But Was it Really?

Angler Tim Trone went fishing this past week and landed not only a monster blue catfish but also a lot of social media attention. That is because it was at first suspected that he caught a world record fish, but it was not to be. The story however is worth a read.

Here is a chain of events laid out in Facebook posts.

On 17 October, Tim Trone landed a monster blue Catfish that he was pretty sure was big enough to break the Georgia state-record.

Not a pig a hog in the boat. I think i just broke Georgia State Bluecat record

Not a pig a hog in the boat. I think i just broke Georgia State Bluecat record

Posted by Tim Trone on Saturday, October 17, 2020

When he put it on the scales it weighted in at 151 pounds which would make it a world record. This weight was picked up by the Facebook page Flathead Catfish Hunters declaring the fish the “Pending World Record.”

Tim Trone with a new pending world record blue catfish. The blue catfish caught today weighed 151lbs! Congrats Tim!! That’s a catch of a lifetime! Caught in Georgia on the Chattohoochie river.

Tim Trone with a new pending world record blue catfish. The blue catfish caught today weighed 151lbs! Congrats Tim!! That's a catch of a lifetime! Caught in Georgia on the Chattohoochie river.

Posted by Flathead Catfish Hunters on Saturday, October 17, 2020

It turns out the scales that the fish was weighed on were not certified and obviously not very well calibrated, because when weighed on a certified scale the fish only weighed 111 pounds.

Ok, we weighed the fish with several witnesses on a noncertified scale, the 300lb spring scale. It said 151 to 152lbs. Well got home and went to a place that had a certified scale. It said 111 lbs. I’m as baffled as a lot are. How can two scales be off by 40lbs? I’m taking it to Georgia DNR Monday. We will see. And holding that fish in my arms was hell. It took 3 of us to get that fish in that position. I only held it for a few seconds. About killed my back.

Ok, we weighed the fish with several witnesses on a non certified scale, the 300lb spring scale. It said 151 to 152lbs….

Posted by Tim Trone on Saturday, October 17, 2020

So even though the fish is not the world record it was still large enough to claim the Georgia State record.

https://www.facebook.com/tim.blanton.1840/posts/360615105060235

Unfortunately, the fish did not make it through the certifying process.

111lb Blue Catfish caught out of the Chattahoochee River on the Georgia side. When certified this fish will become the new Georgia State record. Tim Trone is a great guy and fisherman. Despite his efforts to keep this monster alive, it passed away in a holding tank while waiting to be certified. I don’t care what anyone says, they would have also waited to get this fish on certified scales. A 111lb catfish is something to be very proud of! Most haters have trouble catching 30lb fish. !Tight Lines!

111lb Blue Catfish caught out of the Chattahooche River on the Georgia side. When certified this fish will become the…

Posted by Matt Davis on Sunday, October 18, 2020

Congratulations, Tim on the awesome fish. We are sorry the fish did not make it, we believe you did all you could, enjoy the mount and tight lines.