Ben Tomkunas holds a caught catfish on August 21, 2021 in Coventry, Conn. (Chris Braga via AP)
A white catfish caught in Connecticut last month has broken a state record and may well be a world record for the species – although the evidence has been eaten up.
Ben Tomkunas, 25, caught a 21.3-pound (9.66-kilogram) fish late on August 21 in Coventry. It was over 3 feet (about a meter) long.
Connecticut Fish & Wildlife confirmed in a Facebook post that the catch was a white catfish and that it easily broke the species’ previous state record of 12.7 pounds (5.76 kg).
“We were just sitting back and drinking a couple of beers and next thing you know, my reel just starts screaming like I had a 30-pound stripper,” Tomkunas from Coventry told The Hartford Courant.
Tomkunas’ friend, Chris Braga, had a digital scale and took a picture of the fish coming in at a record-breaking weight.
The International Game Fish Association set a world record for white catfish catching 19.3 pounds (8.75 kg) in 2005 for a fish caught in California.
The white catfish is one of several species of catfish in Connecticut, and officials said they examined the catch to confirm it was not a channel catfish, which is generally larger. Other species of catfish, such as the blue catfish or catfish found in Asia, can dwarf the white catfish.
Tomkunas said he intends to submit a claim to the association to secure the new world record. But he also told the newspaper that he gave his grandfather the fish the next morning.
“It kind of ate,” he said.
This News Originally From – The Epoch Times