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New Georgia blue catfish record caught near Ft. Gaines

By Jim Wallace - bio | email

ALBANY, GA (WALB) –A new state record blue catfish was caught this week at Lake Walter F. George.

It's now being certified by the state. 

You have to see this monster to believe it.

The fish is 49-inches long and weighs 80-pounds 4-ounces.  That's five pounds heavier than the previous state record.

Earnest Timpson of Edison caught the catfish Tuesday night below the dam near Ft. Gaines using fillets from a little white bass he caught minutes earlier.

Timpson was alone and was exhausted when he finally pulled the giant fish into his boat after a long battle.

Timpson said "45 minutes. And so but I didn't want to catch nothing else. When I got it in the boat, I didn't even get the hook out of it. I didn't get him out the net. I laid it down. And I was through for that night."

Take a look at the crowd the big fish drew in Edison as Georgia Department of Natural Resource Rangers officially weighed it.

Timpson gave the fish to the Rangers who will mount it and display it at the Albany D-N-R office.

A replica will be displayed at the GoFish Center in Perry.

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