The Alabama record for blue catfish was recently eclipsed by more than 9 pounds on Friday March 9, 2012, when John Nichols of Tuscaloosa hauled in a 120 pound, 5 ounce giant from Holt Reservoir in Tuscaloosa County. The huge blue was caught using chicken gizzard on a big circle hook and 40 pound line.

Jay Haffner, District Three Fisheries Supervisor for the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF), certified the new record on Saturday March 10, 2012. The previous blue catfish record of 111 pounds was caught from Wheeler Reservoir in 1996.

Photo/info courtesy of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.