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143-pound blue catfish is Virginia record

Friday - 7/1/2011, 9:57am  ET

catfish record (Mecklenburg News Progress/Dallas Weston)
Nick Anderson (left) holds the 143-pound blue catfish he caught. He was fishing with his dad, Rick (center) and brother Jeramie Mullis. (Mecklenburg News Progress/Dallas Weston)

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) - It's officially a state record. That 143-pound blue catfish caught in Virginia holds the state record for the largest catfish caught.

The state Department of Game and Inland Fisheries' State Record Fish Committee certified the catch this week.

High school football coach Nick Anderson of Greenville, N.C., caught the 57-inch long catfish in the Kerr Reservoir along the Virginia-North Carolina border.

The previous record was 109 pounds. That catfish was caught in March on Buggs Island Lake near the confluence of the Dan and Roanoke rivers.

The catfish i only the third confirmed freshwater fish weighing more than 100 pounds caught in Virginia.

Whether the catfish is the world's largest still needs to be determined by the International Game Fish Association.

Jack Vitek, world record coordinator for the International Game Fish Association, tells WTOP the association this week received the information about the fish. He says it takes about 60 days from the catch day to approve the record.

The current world record of 130 pounds was set last year in Missouri.

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