Catching method disqualifies monster sized catfish snagged in lake

BERKELEY COUNTY, SC (WCSC) - A monster sized catfish tipping the scales at 136 pounds surpasses a 21-year-old record of 109 pounds, but officials say the fish is not a state record due to the way it was caught.

Officials with the Department of Natural Resources say the catfish, caught last Wednesday in Lake Moultrie, was caught using a trotline, a heavy fishing line with a multitude of baited hooks attached.

Leland Selph of Cross ran the trotline on Lake Moultrie and caught the blue catfish. According to DNR, if Selph had used a rod and reel, the fish would have been a state record.

DNR officials say that regardless of the catching method, the fish demonstrates the potential for world record size blue catfish that exists in the Santee Cooper system.

According to, the largest catfish ever caught was reeled in by fishermen in northern Thailand on May 1, 2005. The fish weighed in at 646 pounds and measured 9-feet long.

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