Madill man catches record catfish on Lake Texoma

Monday, November 15th 2004, 10:09 am
By: News On 6

TISHOMINGO, Okla. (AP) _ A Madill man is the new holder of a state record after pulling a 98-pound blue catfish out of Lake Texoma last week.

B.J. Nabors was on only his second catfishing trip when he caught the record fish about 8 p.m. Thursday.

Nabors says he was using a 12-foot Eagle Claw fishing pole with a 20-pound test line. He was fishing from the bank with whole shad.

The 54 1/2-inch fish came from an area of Lake Texoma known locally as Murray 23, which is the Tishomingo arm of the lake.

Oklahoma's previous blue catfish record was set last year, also in Lake Texoma. That fish weighed in at a little more than 87 pounds and was caught in March.

The new record fish has been transported to the Oklahoma Aquarium in Jenks, where it will be displayed following a brief quarantine.