A 13-year-former Mew Mexico angler reeled up a 55-pound blue catfish lately at Elephant Butte Lake, and the fish was a potential record breaker.
Nonetheless Alonso Ordaz and his father selected to release the behemoth after obtaining a weight on a hand-held scale rather than attempt to locate certified scale.
The state record stands at 54 pounds, 4 ounces.
Alonso caught the fish the usage of lower shad and a Muddy River Demon Dragon float, according to the Fresh Mexico Department of Game & Fish, which announced the Feb. 22 catch on March 4.
For the sake of comparison, the all-tackle world record for blue catfish stands at 143 pounds. That fish was caught at Virginia’s Kerr Lake in June 2011.
–Image displaying Alonso Ordaz with his massive blue catfish is courtesy of the Fresh Mexico Department of Game & Fish