New record blue catfish caught

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Bureau has certified a new state record blue catfish. Eugene Cronley, the lucky angler from Brandon, caught the 131-pound fish on April 7 from the Mississippi River near Natchez. Mr. Cronley said that it took him 40 minutes to land the huge fish, “it is truly a fish of a lifetime.”

The fish shattered the previous rod and reel record of 95 pounds caught by Dakota Hinson in 2009 and is larger than the trophy record blue catfish of 101 pounds caught by the team of Freddie Parker and Brad Smith in 1997. Interestingly, both of those fish were also caught from the Mississippi River near Natchez.

Mr. Cronley caught the fish with a rod and reel using skipjack herring as bait.

Eugene Cronley and his record blue catfish, caught Natchez on April 7, 2022. (Courtesy photo)

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