Two Fisherman Break Two Different State Records

We are less than three weeks into 2020 and two West Virginia state records have been broken.

WBOY Channel 12 reported that state records for grass carp and blue catfish were broken earlier this month.

Zachary Adkins, of Cabins, caught a 53.1-inch, 59-pound grass carp at Warden Lake in Hardy County on Jan. 3. Adkins used a large swimbait to catch the fish, which broke the previous length record of 50.75 inches. William Tucker still holds the weight record with a 71.69-pound grass carp caught at Warden Lake in 2005, DNR officials said.

Justin Conner, of Culloden, caught a 49.84-inch, 58.38-pound blue catfish on the Ohio River in Mason County on Jan. 11, officials said. Conner used cut shad to catch the fish, which broke the previous length record of 47.75 inches. Mark Blauvelt continues to hold the weight record with a 59.74-pound blue catfish caught on the Ohio River in 2016.

2020 is starting out with a bang. If this is any indication of how things will go, I think it will be a good year.