May 15, 2007
Raleigh, N.C. – After dropping the minimum weight requirement on the
channel catfish state record category earlier this year, the N.C.
Wildlife Resources Commission announced today that John Davinson has
reeled in the new state record with his catch of a 16-pound channel
catfish from the Roanoke River.
John Davinson's Record Channel
NC WRC Photo
Davinson, of Clayton, caught his record-breaker on April 19, using a
Shimano rod and reel combo and a golden shiner minnow. The fish
measured 32½” in length and 19½” in girth.
The fish was weighed on certified scales at Atlas Fish Market in
Roanoke Rapids and was verified as a new state record by Kirk
Rundle, a fishery biologist with the Commission.
To qualify for a state record, anglers must have caught the fish on
a hook and line, must have the fish weighed on a certified scale
witnessed by one observer, have the fish positively identified by a
qualified expert from the Commission and submit an application with
a full, side-view photo of the fish.
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