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The Maryland Blue Catfish State Record Has Stood for 12 Years. Can It Be Broken?

Article by A.J. Metcalf, Director of Communications for the Maryland Department of Natural Resources – The invasive fish has spread throughout Maryland in recent years, but the record held by an Oregon man still stands Ed Jones, an Oregon resident, said he’ll never forget the day he caught the Maryland state record blue catfish. It was also the day he lost his phone. “I can remember it as vividly as the day is long,” Jones said in March while recounting the fateful August 2012 catch. “I hooked him, was reeling him in, and as soon as we got him near the boat, I had my cell phone in my shirt pocket, leaned over the boat, and plunk. It fell right into the river. I had all these pictures [on the phone] and I lost them in the river.” However, he still has at least one picture from that day. It’s a picture of him, his son, and others holding up the giant blue catfish he caught. That fish, at 84.0 pounds, still holds the Maryland blue catfish state record to this day. “I’ve had the picture posted on the wall in my garage forever,” said Jones. He added that the plaque […]

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