Man Breaks His Own Blue Catfish State Record

Man Breaks His Own Blue Catfish State Record
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Lightning can strike twice, or at least it can when Tennessee catfish angler Micka Burkhart is on the water. On Wednesday Burkhart caught and released a likely new state-record blue catfish that weighed in at 122.3 pounds, according to the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency. Burkhart is the same fisherman who caught and released the current 118-pound state-record blue catfish last year.

TWRA reports that Burkhart’s most recent monster cat was caught at noon from the Stewart County area of the Cumberland River.

Burkhart began fishing at 8 a.m. on June 28 and went to his favorite catfish spot on the Cumberland River. He caught a pair of big blues weighing 69 and 72 pounds that morning and was fishing a white bass head bait under a homemade planer board when the 122-pounder slammed the bait hard.

“It didn’t spool me, but it pulled lots of drag,” he told Chattanooga TV. Burkahart was fishing a revolving-spool…

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