Texas Teen Hooks State Record Catfish

Chris Sommer
March 22, 2019 - 10:23 am
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DALLAS (1080 KRLD) - Brayden Rogers has a fish story he can tell for the rest of his life.

The 13-year-old from Cisco is waiting to learn if he brought in a state record catch last weekend at Lake Tawakoni. 

After a lengthy tussle, Brayden landed a blue catfish weighing 67.1 pounds.

Fishing guide Michael Littlejohn said anglers come from all over for the blue catfish at Lake Tawakoni.  Littlejohn said Brayden had barely hit the water before hitting the jackpot.  With a chuckle, he added, "They got to fish for 15 minutes. That fish hit, and they were off to the record scales."

If the catch is verified by Texas Parks & Wildlife, Brayden would hold the state record for a blue catfish caught by a junior angler.  The standing record is a 66.2-pound blue catfish landed at Lake Worth in December 2011.  That whopper was nearly 50 inches in length.  Littlejohn said Brayden's fish was an absolute monster, "I don't know how much Brayden weighs, but that fish looked as big as he is."

Littlejohn estimates the big blue catfish was 25 to 30 years old.  It was kept alive, and was taken to the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens.  Authorities say the fish will be kept in quarantine for a period, and will then go on public display.​