Big Blue Cat Falls Just Short Of Sinclair Record

A live bream fooled this old catfish.

Jordan Davis | April 13, 2020

When she has the chance, Rachel Brown, 25, of Dallas, Ga., accompanies her dad at their family’s Lake Sinclair vacation home.

On Thursday, April 9,  they had the chance to go fishing together like they have many times before.

“We fished some that afternoon and caught some bass and bream, which is our normal,” said Rachel. “We were just hanging out on the boat like we normally do, not expecting anything.”

Shortly before 7:30 p.m., her dad, Ray, suggested they bait a few lines with smaller bream they caught earlier in the day and cast into open, deep water.

“I got a bite but ended up having to cast again,” said Rachel. “Not even five minutes later, my line took off, and I started reeling.”

Rachel said that even though it only took a few short minutes to get the blue catfish to the boat, it was still a struggle.

“My dad was yelling at me to not let go whatever I did. I was so in shock and excited,” said Rachel.

Rachel Brown, of Dallas, caught this 47-lb., 1-oz. blue catfish on Lake Sinclair on April 9, 2020.

The next challenge was finding a scale to get Rachel’s monster catch weighed to see if it’d be a new lake record. Rachel said that on their way to find one, her dad stopped at every dock and marina he saw people at to show off her trophy.

They finally connected with Drew Copelan at The Meat Shed and had the fish weighed on certified scales. A few pounds shy of breaking the 51-lb., 14-oz. lake record, Rachel’s blue catfish still weighed in at a whopping 47-lbs., 1-oz.

“My dad fishes often and has caught several big fish, but nothing like this,” said Rachel. “After all the excitement, we cleaned it and plan on eating it.”

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• Fish must be caught legally by rod and reel in a manner consistent with state game and fish regulations.

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