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South Carolina Angler Breaks Bullhead Catfish Record

An Irmo angler on the Broad River near Columbia recently broke the South Carolina state record for bullhead catfish by more than 3 ounces with a 6-pound, 6.3 ounce fish.

George Eleazer, from Irmo, S.C, was on the Broad River Wednesday, April 1 when he caught the record fish. Eleazer took the fish to a Food Lion on the Peak Exit just off I-26 north of Irmo and had the fish weighed on state certified scales at 6-pounds, 6.3 ounces. The bullhead catfish was certified officially as the new state record by Hal Beard, regional fisheries biologist for the S.C. Department of Natural Resources (DNR) in Columbia. The fish had a total length of 27 inches.

Eleazer's fish replaces the South Carolina all-tackle record for freshwater bullhead catfish caught on the Edisto River in 1973.

Anglers who think they have a new state or world record freshwater fish should take it as soon as possible to the nearest set of state certified scales - such as grocery store scales. Two people at least 18 years old should witness the weighing of a potential state record fish. The witnesses will need to sign a state affidavit form once the angler obtains it from the DNR, so be sure to get the witnesses' addresses and phone numbers.

If you think you've caught a state record fish, take immediate steps to preserve the fish until a state fisheries biologist can verify it. It can be placed on ice, but freezing is preferred. Lightly wet the fish and wrap it in a dark, plastic bag. If possible, take a picture of the fish while it is still fresh for additional documentation.

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