NC teen catches massive blue catfish, setting new state record

- Lake Gaston has produced another blue catfish state record!

According to the NC Wildlife Resources Commission, the holder this time is 15-year-old Landon Evans, of Benson, who landed a 117-pound, 8-ounce whopper on June 11.

Authorities said Evans caught the fish, which measured 55 inches in length and 40½ inches in girth, using cut shad as bait.

The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission confirmed the new state record after the fish was weighed on certified scales at Ace Hardware in Littleton and examined and identified by District 3 Assistant Fisheries Biologist Evan Cartabiano.

To qualify for a N.C. Freshwater Fish State Record, anglers must have caught the fish by rod and reel or cane pole, have the fish weighed on a scale certified by the N.C. Department of Agriculture, witnessed by one observer, have the fish identified by a fisheries biologist from the Commission, and submit an application with a full, side-view photo of the fish. 

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