An angler caught the largest catfish ever in the state of Delaware, breaking the record of a catch that occurred just a few months prior.
Jordan Chelton of Harrington caught the 36-pound, 3.2-ounce blue catfish measuring 38-1/2 inches long with a 27-1/2-inch girth on June 20 at the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament, the state confirmed Tuesday.
"I've been fishing all my life," 19-year-old Chelton said. "I caught a fish before that was almost the same but not quite the same size."
The record catch was initially confirmed by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police Officer Adam Roark, before verification at Taylored Tackle Shop in Seaford Delaware.
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Chelton caught the fish in the Nanticoke River, the same body of water that previous record holder Gavin Spicer caught a 25-plus-pound catfish back in April.
After taking the bait at about 9:30 p.m., it took almost a half hour for Chelton to reel in the massive catch.
The official confirmation makes Jordan Chelton the record holder in the state's only category for catfish.
"It was a once in a lifetime experience," Chelton said.