Two record-breaking fish have been caught in Missouri within a week.
The Department of Conservation reports Burr Edde III of Malta Bend caught a 120-pound, 8-ounce giant blue catfish in the Missouri River in Saline County on March 21. The fish measured 55 and 1/8 inches long and 45 inches around.
It was more than three pounds heavier than the previous record blue catfish caught in 1964 in the Osage River.
He caught the catfish on a trotline, considered by the Department an “alternative method.” The Department tracks records in two categories: pole-and-line and alternative methods. The record for the largest blue catfish caught using a pole-and-line method also came out of the Missouri River, in St. Charles County in 2010.
On Saturday, the largest ever caught on record in Missouri was pulled out of Table Rock Lake. Andy Belobraydic III from Richwoods snagged a 140-pound, 9-ounce paddlefish, slightly larger than the previous record holder, also a paddlefish taken from Table Rock lake in 2002.
That fish was caught in the James River arm of the Lake and measured 56 and 3/4 inches long, and 43 and 3/4 inches around.