Delaware fish and wildlife officials say a Harrington man has set a new state fishing record by landing a 36-pound, 3.2-ounce blue catfish.
Officials said Tuesday that Jordan Chelton of Harrington caught the fish on June 20 in the upper Nanticoke River near Seaford on a 12-pound test line with a chunk of Atlantic menhaden.
The fish was 38 inches long and had a girth of 27 inches.
The record catch was initially confirmed by a fish and wildlife police officer and verified at Taylored Tackle Shop in Seaford.
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The previous catfish record holder was Gavin Spicer, who caught a 25-pound, 5.6-ounce catfish, also a blue catfish, from the Nanticoke just two months earlier, on April 21.