Lake County’s Clear Lake has been known for its bass fishing for years, recognized as one of the top bass fishing lakes in the U.S. Truly the lake is a fishing paradise with more fish per square acre of water than any other lake in North America. Recently one angler caught a lot more than he bargained for as Sean Moffett landed a catfish in nearby Rodman Slough that set the world’s record.
If you’re like us, you see the photograph of Moffett and think that Photoshop was involved in this but the video truly shows that he brought this giant catfish in. This catfish is more lion-like in its size and we wonder how long it’s been enjoying the waters of Clear Lake before Moffett came a-calling.
The massive fish measured 89 cm from the nose to the long end of the tail and 83 cm to the short end of the tail. It weighed in at nearly 30 pounds with a girth of 24.5 inches. The International Game Fishing Association’s (IGFA) all-tackle world record is currently at 80 cm long. Moffett has submitted the catfish's measurements in hopes to beat that record for length.
The all-tackle record has to do with the kind of line that the gigantic fish was caught with. There is a list of rules and qualifications the catch will have to go through in order to make the fish official.
Large catfish in this area are no surprise to us. One year during the world-famous catfish derby a guest caught a huge catfish right from our pier which got him quite pumped for the event. Unfortunately this catch, made the day before the event, was the best catch of the weekend and couldn’t be recorded in the tournament.
Whether you enjoy fishing or not there’s always something to do in Lake County. Our events calendar has the latest events and we’re happy to help you with your getaway. Whether you catch a world-record fish just moments from your room is up to you, however, but we can help you with fishing guides or just embellishing your own stories.
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