Dade City angler, Richard Clinton, breaks Florida record for catching largest brown bullhead catfish

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Video: Dade City angler's catfish catch breaks state record

The catfish weighed 7.02 pounds and was 22.25 inches in length with a girth of 15.5 inches


Dade City, Florida-- A Bay area local now holds the state record for catching the largest brown bullhead catfish on rod and reel. 

Last month, Dade City resident Richard Clinton was crappie fishing with his cousin on Lake Iola in Pasco County, when "something big latched onto his live minnow in 32 feet of water," Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission (FWC) officials report. 

Clinton had a feeling his fish weighed more than Florida's existing record, so he contacted FWC freshwater fishery biologist Eric Johnson, who later confirmed that Clinton's catch had broken the state record.

Measuring 7.2 pounds, 22.25 inches long and 15.5 inches wide, Clinton's brown bullhead catfish blew the previous 5.72-pound record out of the water, and even came close to breaking the world record.

More information is available at Catch and in the Freshwater Fishing Regulations Summary online.

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