As of August 11, the state of Kansas boasts a new blue catfish record.
Rob Stanley of Olathe accomplished the feat when he caught a 102.8-pound blue from the Kansas side of the Missouri River in Kansas City. The catfish topped the previous state record of 94 pounds, set on the Kansas River in 2000.
Stanley’s blue could eventually beat its own record.
The huge fish was released after Stanley and fishing partner Brad Kilpatrick pampered it through a specially designed weighing process.
“It was strong when it swam away,” said Kilpatrick, director of Kansas City Catfish. “My (tournament) group has had a plan for several years on how to keep a record fish alive. We were ready.”
Stanley said he learned most of what he knows about catching big blues since joining the catfish club. Earlier this summer he eclipsed his goal of a 50-pounder when he caught a blue cat of about 70 pounds from the Kansas River.