Delaware man lands huge catfish, shatters state record

 Jordan Chelton of Harrington with his state-record 36 lb., 3.2 oz blue catfish. (DNREC photo)

Jordan Chelton of Harrington with his state-record 36 lb., 3.2 oz blue catfish. (DNREC photo)

A man has set a new Delaware state fishing record by landing a 36-pound, 3.2-ounce blue catfish.

Delaware fish and wildlife officials said Tuesday that Jordan Chelton of Harrington caught the fish on June 20 in the upper Nanticoke River in southwestern Delaware on a 12-pound test line with a chunk of Atlantic menhaden.

The fish was 38½ inches long and had a girth of 27½ inches.

The record catch was initially confirmed by a fish and wildlife police officer and verified at a Seaford tackle shop.

The previous state catfish record holder was Gavin Spicer, who caught a 25-pound, 5.6-ounce blue catfish from the Nanticoke just two months earlier.

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