Grandaddy of all catfish caught on Choctawhatchee River

April 23, 2018

Joel Singletary with his cat. FWC photo by Rebekah Nelson

This massive blue catfish is causing quite a splash, weighing over 1.7 times more than the current state record for this species (69.50 lbs.)! When Joel Singletary found this 120-pounder on his trotline, he wondered how he was going to get the fish on his boat. It wasn’t long until his adrenaline kicked in, enabling him to pull the behemoth fish onboard. Joel caught this fish in the Choctawhatchee River. Since it was caught on a trotline, it does not qualify as a state record but remains an impressive catch.

This catch has earned Joel Singletary a Big Catch certificate from Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission. Learn about the Big Catch angler recognition program at:

The record still belongs to Bill Stewart who caught a 69.5 lb. blue cat during the Choctawhatchee Catfish Roundup in May 2015. Learn more about it here.

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