The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife confirmed a new state record in the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament: a 36-pound, 3.2-ounce blue catfish, caught June 20 by Jordan Walker of Harrington.

The fish was 38.5 inches long and had a girth of 27.5 inches.

Walker caught the fish in the upper Nanticoke River near Seaford on 12-pound test line with a chunk of Atlantic menhaden. The catfish took the bait about 9:30 p.m., and he landed it almost a half hour later.

The record catch was initially confirmed by Fish & Wildlife Natural Resources Police-officer AFC Adam Roark and verified at Taylored Tackle Shop in Seaford.

The previous catfish record holder was Gavin Spicer, who caught a 25-pound, 5.6-ounce catfish, also a blue catfish, from the Nanticoke on April 21.

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