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Fish Tales: Record-Size Freshwater Catches in Alabama

By    |   Tuesday, 02 Feb 2016 04:08 PM

Some anglers fish for sport, some fish for food, and others fish for bragging rights. With more than 325 species of freshwater fish in Alabama, a number of record-breaking catches have been made in the state.

The procedure for declaring a record catch requires a state fisheries biologist to clearly identify the species and it must be weighed on certified scales with two people witnessing the weighing. Additionally, requirements included the fish must have been caught, legally, within the state's waters.

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To date, these are the record-size freshwater catches that have been recorded in Alabama, according to the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources:

1. Largemouth Bass
The record was set in 1987 on Mountain View Lake in Shelby County. Thomas Burgin of Birmingham's catch set the record for the species at 16 pounds, 8 ounces.

2. Redeye Bass
In March 2000, the record was set for redeye bass; it was also a previous world record at the time. William Terry Johnson of Oxford set the record fishing on Choccolocco Creek with a 3-pound, 2-ounce redeye.

3. Buffalo
A 57-pound buffalo fish was caught and recorded in 1990 on the Guntersville Reservoir. Ralph Lowery of Albertville holds the record.

4. Grass Carp
A 70-pound grass carp was recorded in 1999 in Lake Martin in Elmore County. Michael White Jr. of Ecletic earned bragging rights for the record-sized fish.

5. Flathead Catfish
The Alabama River in Selma was the site of the catch of an 80-pound flathead catfish in 1986, caught by Rick Conner of Selma.

6. Blue Catfish
Nothing says record more than a 120-pound, 4-ounce blue catfish. The catch was made by John Paul Nichols of Northport in the Holt Reservoir in March 2012.

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7. Channel Catfish
In 1967, Donald Cox of Oneonta set the record for the channel catfish, bringing in one that weighed 40 pounds. The fish was caught on Inland Lake.

8. Common Carp
Bear Creek in Colbert County was the site of a record-setting 35-pound common carp catch in 1980. Darrin Jackson of Double Springs holds the record.

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