Photos: Ohio River trip nets two records
A St. Albans man made two catches for the record books in one day on the Ohio River.
Alex Foster, 44, caught a record-breaking 43.9-inch-long blue catfish Sept. 24 while fishing on the Ohio River in Mason County. It weighed about 44.5 pounds, according to a news release issued by the state Division of Natural Resources.
Foster also caught a 52.25-inch, 15-pound longnose gar, tying the state length record held by Shelby Searls. Foster caught both fish using cut bait.
The catfish broke the state record for length and weight set in 2009 when Lynn Lange caught a 42.25-inch blue catfish. Foster broke his own weight record set in 2011 when he caught a 32.28-pound blue catfish.
The longnose gar weight record of 19.08 pounds set by Michael Casey stands.
Foster, who owns Soundtastic Enterprises disc jockeying service, also caught four other large blue catfish last week weighing 34 pounds, 36 pounds, 37 pounds and 39 pounds.
The fish caught Sept. 24 were weighed and released back into the river.