Mark Blauvelt caught this 59.74 lb catfish in the Ohio River. (photo courtesy Facebook)

Record-Breaking Blue Catfish Caught

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SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says a state-record blue catfish has been caught on the Ohio River.

DNR director Robert Fala says the catfish registered nearly 60 pounds and was nearly 45 inches long. It was caught with cut bait Saturday during a tournament near Gallipolis, Ohio, by Mark Blauvelt of New Lebanon, Ohio.

The old state record of nearly 53 pounds for a blue catfish was set in 2014 on the Ohio River near the Robert C. Byrd Lock and Dam. That catfish set the length record of 47 and three-quarter inches.

Blauvelt released his record-breaking catfish back into the river.