It'll take a heck of an alligator gar to top this massive Oklahoma state record weighing 184-pounds, 3-ounces. It was caught by Sean Chatham from the Red River in Love County. It took 35-minutes to subdue the brute on 25-pound test line. It was nearly 8-feet long, and had a 38-inch girth.
B.J. Nabors was only on his second catfishing trip when he caught this Oklahoma state record blue catfish weighing 98 pounds. He was fishing from shore in November on Lake Texoma (Tishomingo arm), using a whole shad for bait. Caught with 20-pound test line, the fish was 54 ½-inches long, with a nearly 40-inch girth.
Marvin Williams was fishing for white bass when this massive 44-pound, 2-ounce smallmouth buffalo hit a “Tiny Fluke” lure. This Oklahoma record for the species was caught in mid-August from Lake Konawa using 8-pound test line.
Gary Doak Jr. of Muskogee, OK was bass fishing using a two-inch long plastic sunfish lure and 16-pound test line in 10 feet of water when he caught this state record 35-pound, 15-ounce channel catfish. It was caught in mid-September, 2005 from Taft Lake.
A Grady County farm pond gave up this state record common carp to Brandon Hughes in April, 2002. It’s the Oklahoma record for the species, and weighed 39-pounds, 10-ounces, with a 39.25-inch length and a 30.75-inch girth.
This 72-pound, 8-ounce Oklahoma record flathead catfish came from El Reno Lake in May, 2004. Ronald Cantrell caught the giant, which had a girth of 35 inches, a length of 51.25 inches.
Shane McCleary is a regular paddlefish or spoonbill angler, and he’d caught five of the unusually-shaped, prehistoric-looking fish before latching onto this Oklahoma state record weighing 121 pounds. It measured 53.5 inches long, 42.25 around. He caught it in the spillway below Kaw Lake dam.
Oklahoma has an “unrestricted division” for fish records, and this 48-pound, 1-ounce smallmouth buffalo is the biggest ever recorded. It was taken by bowfisherman Brandon Pope in April, fittingly on Broken Bow Lake.
Okay this immense black buffalo fish was caught on a trotline, but it’s still an Oklahoma record in the “unrestricted division”. Chester Penn took the 57-pound, 12-ounch fish from Tenkiller Lake.
Trotline again, this time a 106-pound Oklahoma record giant flathead catfish from Wister Lake in April, 1977. Angler C. Clubb boated the fish, which had a 39.5-inch girth and measured 5-feet long.
Dan Grider was jug fishing when he caught this Oklahoma state record blue catfish, weighing 118.5 pounds. It was taken from Lake Texoma in 1988, and had a 48.75 inch girth, with a 57-inch length.
Record giant fish get the attention of anglers, especially when they are truly huge, and particularly, well, ugly. This week we’re looking exclusively at Oklahoma’s ugly fish.