Giant Catfish Crushes Pennsylvania Record

Giant Catfish Crushes Pennsylvania Record
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Mike Wherley hoists the giant Pennsylvania flathead. Mike Wherley

The 66-pound 6-ounce flathead catfish that Mike Wherley caught last month has officially been accepted as a new state record by the Pennsylvania Boat and Fish Commission. The new record was certified on June 6, according to a Facebook post by the agency.

Wherley’s fish replaces the previous Pennsylvania state-record flathead, which was caught by Jonathan Pierce in 2020. Pierce caught his 56-pound 3-ounce fish from the Shuylkill River in East Falls, a neighborhood in Philadelphia.

May 19, 2023: A mid-morning fishing trip for Pennsylvania angler Mike Wherley produced a giant flathead catfish last Sunday. Caught from the Susquehanna River, the catfish weighed 66 pounds, 6 ounces. It should be more than heavy enough to replace the standing state-record for the species.

Wherley was fishing one of his favorite spots below Safe Harbor…

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