- Associated Press - Thursday, May 1, 2014

SOUTH CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) - A West Virginia fisherman has reeled in a state record blue catfish.

The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources says the fish was caught by Austin Hoffman of Milton on April 26 along the Ohio River.

Officials say the fish measured 47.75 inches and weighed 52.95 pounds. The previous record was a 43.9-inch, 44.5-pound blue catfish caught by Mark A. Foster.

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