Pending Record Catfish Caught in Tennessee

Micka Burkhart caught a monster blue catfish that will likely be the new Tennessee state record catfish on Saturday Sep. 24, 2022 at 12:30 p.m. on the Cumberland River in Stewart County, Tennessee on a skipjack and a 30-pound test line!

The 118-pound, 7-ounce blue cat will be a new Tennessee record pending verification and certification.

Official measurements:

  • Weight: 118 pounds, 7 ounces
  • Length: 54 inches long
  • Girth: 41-inch girth

For all who are wondering, Burkhart successfully released this pending record back into the Cumberland River.

Here’s what he posted on his Facebook page:

“Well it was a day to say the least,” Burkhart said. “I’d like to give a huge shout out to #MADKATZ , Bryan Ladd and Brandon Ladd ,Doyle and Pam Hinson Scarborough and Bone Town  planer boards and everyone else that help me out today with this 118.7-pound blue cat that is right now the unofficial new state record.

“Going to have to wait for all the papers to be processed. I am truly blessed to have family and friends that stopped everything to help with this fish. Thank you all.”

Check out the pics of this massive fish! And see how it compares to the biggest catfish ever caught!

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