Another new record for state’s largest blue catfish

Bridgeville angler Sydney McBroom with 53-pound Delaware record blue catfish caught on the Nanticoke River.
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Bridgeville angler Sydney McBroom with 53-pound Delaware record blue catfish caught on the Nanticoke River.

If it’s starting to sound like a broken record, that’s what it is: For the second time in less than a month, Delaware has a new state record blue catfish.

Sydney McBroom of Bridgeville landed the 53-pound whopper, which measured 46.5 inches long and is believed to be the largest freshwater fish caught since the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control began keeping recreational fishing records.

It was midmorning Sept. 22 on the Nanticoke River when McBroom caught the big catfish from his boat, using a whole bluegill as bait and landing it after a 20-minute wrestling match. His catch eclipsed a record that lasted just 20 days, a 47-pound, 8-ounce specimen taken by another Bridgeville angler, Chris Andrews and another fish, which, like the three most recent blue catfish state records, was caught from the fertile catfishing waters of the…

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