Utah Lake catfish 4 pounds short of record

Utah Lake catfish 4 pounds short of record

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PROVO, Utah (AP) -- Elroy Colledge didn't break the state record, but the 28.1-pound channel catfish at least settles bragging rights in his family.

Using chicken heart as bait, he caught the fish May 24 at Utah Lake after a 30-minute struggle, the Utah Division of Wildlife Resources said Thursday.

"I was with my granddaughter when she pulled a 15-pound catfish out of Utah Lake years ago. Since then, she's teased me about how she caught a bigger fish than me," Colledge said.

"I don't think I'll have to worry about our contest anymore," the Utah County man said.

The fish was 38 inches long and had a 28-inch girth. The Utah record for channel catfish was set in 1978 by LeRoy Mortensen, whose catch at Utah Lake weighed 32.5 pounds. ------ On the Net: http://www.wildlife.utah.gov

(Copyright 2007 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.) APTV-05-31-07 1043MDT

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