April 11, 2022

New record blue catfish caught in Mississippi River near Natchez

Therese Apel

Eugene Cronley caught this 131-lb catfish in the Mississippi River near Natchez
Eugene Cronley caught this 131-lb catfish in the Mississippi River near Natchez

There’s a new “Biggest Blue Catfish Ever” in Mississippi.

The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries, and Parks Fisheries Bureau said late Monday that they have certified a new state record blue catfish.

Eugene Cronley, the lucky angler from Brandon, caught the 131 pound fish on April 7 from the Mississippi River near Natchez. Cronley said that it took him forty minutes to land the huge fish.

“It is truly a fish of a lifetime,” he told MDWFP.

The fish shattered the previous rod and reel record of 95 lbs. caught by Dakota Hinson in 2009 and is larger than the trophy record blue catfish of 101 lbs. caught by the team of Freddie Parker and Brad Smith in 1997.

Interestingly, both of those fish were also caught from the Mississippi River near Natchez.

Eugene Cronley caught this 131-lb catfish in the Mississippi River near Natchez

Cronely caught the fish with a rod and reel using skipjack herring as bait.

 

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