Greg Bernal with 130-pound blue catfish
Greg Bernal of Florissant made the new state-record and the new world-record blue catfish with this 130-pound giant on July 20, 2010.
MDC staff

Florissant angler nets new official state record blue catfish, with world record pending

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St. Louis
Jul 21, 2010

St. Louis — Greg Bernal of Florissant holds the new official Missouri state record for blue catfish (ictalurus fucatus). Bernal hooked the giant, which weighed in officially at 130 lbs, with pole and line in the Missouri River near Columbia Bottom Conservation Area at 12:45 a.m. Tuesday, July 20.

Bernal’s catch bested the previous state pole and line record by 27 lbs. The huge blue cat also stands to topple the standing World Record by 4 pounds.

The fish measured 57 inches in length, and 45 inches in girth. It has been confirmed by Missouri Department of Conservation biologists as the new state record. Application for world record status has been submitted to the International Game Fish Association and is currently awaiting confirmation.

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