Massive Blue Catfish May Break Tennessee State Record

By author of The Realblog with Stephanie Mallory

The 118-pound, 7-ounce fish was caught on the Cumberland River


A Tennessee man reeled in the catch of a lifetime and a possible state record blue catfish during a fishing date with his wife on Saturday, September 24.

According to The Tennessean, Micka Burkhart hooked a 118-pound, 7-ounce catfish on the Cumberland River. The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) said the fish breaks the state record, but is pending official verification.

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While the weight of the fish is impressive, its 54-inch length and 41-inch girth also set it apart from the average blue cat.

Burkhart caught the fish using skipjack and 30-pound-test line. He said it took 45 minutes and some help to get the fish into the net — then an additional 20 minutes to get it on board. 

He contacted officials with the TWRA to have it officially weighed and measured. 

According to, after it was weighed and measured, the huge cat was kept alive in a giant washtub and transfered to a boat landing on the Cumberland River where it was released alive. 

"We were just in shock," Burkhart, who enjoys catfishing and bass tournament fishing, said. "I've seen fish like that on TV, but never had one just laying there in the bottom of my boat."

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e pending Tennessee state record blue catfish weighed 118 pounds, 7 ounces and measured 54 inches long with a 41-inch girth. Image by Micka Burkhart