Officials say Archer sets a world record with a 66-pound blue catfish

LOUISA, Virginia (Grey News) – A Virginia man set a new world record after colliding with a huge catfish.

According to the Virginia Department of Wildlife Resources, Jason Emil has stocked a blue catfish weighing 66 pounds, 5 ounces.

Emmel got catfish from the Pamunkey River and set a new shooting record.

Officials said Emile’s Fishing is certified and currently recognized as the Virginia State Register of Shooting for blue catfish.

According to the department, the previous record was held by William Bates Jr., of a 62-pound, 4-ounce blue catfish caught in 2021 from Occoquan Bay in Fairfax.

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