Lake Jackson 46-Pound Blue Catfish Record

It was a super slow day until that one bite gave Luke Chandler a new lake record!

Simone Gibson | November 30, 2018

On the afternoon of Nov. 15, Luke Chandler, of Conyers, caught a blue catfish that weighed 46-lbs., 7-ozs. from Lake Jackson that set a new lake record.

Luke arrived at the lake early in the morning and motored down to one of his favorite fishing spots, which was located on a peninsula near the powerlines. He used a cut piece of crappie as his bait and dropped the offering to the bottom. For several hours, Luke waited, and his line didn’t move. He didn’t catch a single fish, not until the big one finally bit around 3 p.m.

“I was looking at my phone, and the next thing I knew my pole was in the water,” said Luke.

He immediately put his phone down and began to battle the fish. It took him seven minutes to get the big cat to the boat.

After catching his fish, Luke had a friend call GON about having a potential lake record, and we recommended he take it to the WRD Fisheries office in Social Circle to have it officially verified and weighed.

Luke beat the old record by about 2 1/2 pounds. It was held by David Stacey, who had a 43-lb., 11-oz. blue cat that he caught on Feb. 18, 2016.

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