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Wednesday
Oct112017

Bullards Bar Spot Finally Recognized as Record By Both California and IGFA

California and the International Game Fish Association (IGFA) finally are in agreement. The 11-pound, 4-ounce (11.25)  Alabama spotted bass caught by Nick Dulleck in February 2017 on Bullards Bar Reservoir is both a world and state record.

For IGFA, which recognized the catch in May, the previous world record had been 10.38 pounds, also taken at Bullards Bar. But a 10.95-pound fish caught at the same fishery in 2015 had been recognized by California. IGFA had disqualified that fish because its original weight was reported as 11.2.

In recent years, reports have surfaced regularly of other fish being caught that would have been state records, but the reporting process was so cumbersome that anglers didn't want to participate. In particular, they didn't want to kill the fish, either for DNA sampling or because a biologist wasn't immediately available to certify the catch.

Dulleck, however, was prepared, rolling video from cast to release, including weighing the fish on a certified scale in front of witnesses. He is now working with California Department of Fish and Wildlife (DFW) to make state certification easier for other anglers.

"I didn't want this record to just be about me," he said. "I've worked with the IGFA and the California DFW a lot through this whole process. They have been great to work with. If I can help make the whole process better for all anglers, then I really want to do that. Then I will have done something that matters." 

Wednesday
Jan302013

Catfish Gets the Bird

No, no pigeons here.

We've all heard tall tales about giant catfish. They've been around for a long time and sometimes even have been presented as news. For example, back in the late 1800s, a newspaper reported that a catfish was so large that it pulled a steamboat upriver after it was hooked.

One of my favorites is about a big catfish that lived in a sunken car. So the story goes, it rolled up the car window on the arm of a man who was trying to pull it out.

I don't believe either one, or most others, but they are entertaining.

Now here's one that appears to be true: Giant catfish in France leave the water to catch pigeons. I guess that if you were to catch one of those catfish after it swallowed a bird, you could prepare a delicious meal of squab-stuffed catfish, without having to do any of the stuffing.

Check out the story and the video