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Monster 143-lb. catfish certified as record in Virginia

Nick Anderson, left, holds his record fish. (Courtesy of Dallas Weston/Mecklenburg News-Progress)

The fish, which was caught in the Kerr Reservoir along the Virginia-North Carolina border, may also set a world record. It is only the third freshwater fish caught in Virginia that is above 100 pounds, according to the Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries.

A North Carolina man hooked the catfish on Saturday. The International Game Fish Association is handling the certification of the fish as a world record. The current record holder is a 130-pound fish caught in the Missouri River in 2010.


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