Delaware catfish record broken again, by 53-pound catch in Nanticoke

by Danica Brendon

Six New Sport Fishing Record Holders in Delaware

The state of Delaware has recently witnessed several new sport fishing records being set, with anglers breaking previous records and achieving remarkable catches. The Division of Fish and Wildlife in Delaware has confirmed that these achievements are no small feat and are a testament to the thriving fishing scene in the region.

One of the notable records broken was the state record for blue catfish. Sydney McBroom, a resident of Bridgeville, caught a massive 53-pound blue catfish measuring 46.5 inches in length. This catch is believed to be the largest freshwater fish caught since DNREC began keeping recreational fishing records. McBroom’s achievement surpassed the previous record set by another Bridgeville angler, Chris Andrews, whose catch weighed 48 pounds, 7.2 ounces.

McBroom’s record-breaking catch was made in the Nanticoke River on September 22. Using a whole bluegill as bait, he engaged in a 20-minute wrestling match with the fish before successfully reeling it in. His catch was certified by Cpl. Kyle Wharton of the Delaware Natural Resources Fish and Wildlife Police at Lewes Harbour Marina in Lewes.

The Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament, organized by the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, aims to promote recreational fishing in Delaware and recognize both young and adult anglers for their outstanding catches. This year’s tournament has already seen five state records being broken, including McBroom’s blue catfish. The tournament is free to enter and runs from January 1 to December 31 each year.

Anglers who break state records must have their catches examined intact by a qualified person from the Division of Fish and Wildlife. Those who submit an application for a trophy catch not only receive an award but also receive a citation showing the species of fish caught. Additionally, anglers who catch the largest fish of each species in the tournament are awarded a “Big Fish Award” plaque engraved with their name, the year, the species caught, and the fish’s weight.

The fishing community in Delaware is undoubtedly excited about these recent achievements. It reflects the abundance of fish in the area’s waters and the dedication and skill of the anglers who participate. Whether it’s for competitive purposes or personal enjoyment, fishing in Delaware continues to provide fantastic opportunities for anglers of all ages and skill levels.

If you’re interested in learning more about the state records and the Delaware Sport Fishing Tournament, visit the tournament website for a comprehensive list of previous records. Cast your line, explore the natural beauty of Delaware’s waterways, and see if you have what it takes to join the ranks of these record-breaking anglers.

Reach reporter Ben Mace at for any further information regarding this exciting news and the fishing scene in Delaware.

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