Angler reels in record-breaking Blue Catfish
Helix Water District
County fisherman made a landmark catch at Lake Jennings just
before sunset on Sunday, October 31, 2004. Rick Guseman caught
a 68 lb. Blue Catfish, the largest fish caught in Lake Jennings
was an extremely healthy and vibrant fish, Guseman said.
He was a really strong fish.
resident said it took 45 minutes to pull the 55-inch fish
into the boat. Guseman didnt realize he had reeled in
a new record until he met Ranger, Hugh Marx at the boat dock.
The fish was released Monday morning after photographs were
catch is under the state record of 101 lbs. and the world
record of 121 lbs., but hes confident Lake Jennings
is home to world record-breaking fish.
I had to pick a lake to fish for a world record itd
be this lake, Guseman proclaimed. I think this
lake is one of the best kept secrets!
before Guseman caught the 68 lb. Blue Catfish, he said he
came very close to bringing in a 66-inch Blue Catfish, which
could have been competitive to the world record. Guseman said
the one that got away was so large and strong that it broke
his net, making it more difficult to catch the 68 pounder.
Guseman said hes reeled in several Blue Catfish weighing
in at more than 80 lbs. during his fishing career, but hes
focused on a high goal. The avid fisherman plans to repair
his net and return to the lake soon to make a cast at the
need to get a bigger net if Im going to fish at Lake
Jennings, Guseman said. Ive seen very large
Blue Catfish and Bass in this lake.
has been fishing at Lake Jennings since the 1970s and believes
the lake could also be home to some record-breaking Channel
Catfish and Bass. He admits catching the big ones takes a
lot of time and skill. For every Blue Catfish he catches,
Guseman estimates he spends 21 hours of fishing. His lucky
bait? Fresh sardines!