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White catfish catch shatters state, and maybe, world record

UPDATED: Fri., Sept. 17, 2021

Ben Tomkunas holds a catfish he caught in Coventry, Conn., on Aug. 21.  (Chris Braga)
Ben Tomkunas holds a catfish he caught in Coventry, Conn., on Aug. 21. (Chris Braga)
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A white catfish caught in Connecticut last month has smashed a state record and could also be a world record for the species – though the evidence has been eaten.

Ben Tomkunas, 25, caught the 21.3-pound fish late at night in Coventry on Aug. 21. It was longer than 3 feet .

Connecticut Fish and Wildlife confirmed in a Facebook post that the catch was a white catfish and that it easily broke the previous state record for the species of 12.7 pounds .

“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 striper on there,” Tomkunas, of Coventry, told the Hartford Courant.

Tomkunas’ friend, Chris Braga, had a digital scale and took a photo of the fish coming in at the record-breaking weight.

The International Game Fish Association has recorded the world record for a white catfish catch to be 19.3 pounds for a fish caught in 2005 in California.

White catfish are one of several species of catfish in Connecticut

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