Record catfish caught in Nanticoke River

Jordan Chelton of Harrington caught a record blue catfish in the Nanticoke River near Seaford. (Photo: Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control)

SEAFORD, DELAWARE (8/9/2017) A blue catfish caught in the upper Nanticoke River near Seaford has been confirmed as a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament, authorities announced Tuesday.

The 36-pound, 3.2 ounce fish was caught June 20 by Jordan Chelton of Harrington. It was 38 1/2 inches long and had a girth of 27 1/2 inches.

Chelton caught the catfish on 12-pound test line using a chunk of Atlantic menhaden (bunker) as bait. The fish took the bait about 9:30 p.m. and it took Chelton about a half hour to land it, according to the state Division of Fish and Wildlife.

The previous catfish record holder was Gavin Spicer, who caught a 25-pound, 5.6 ounce blue catfish in the Nanticoke on April 21.

Chelton’s catch was initially confirmed by Natural Resources Police officer Adam Roark, and verified at Taylored Tackle Shop in Seaford.

 2017 Delaware Fishing Guide