Wednesday, July 6, 2011

Giant Catfish Caught in Buggs Island Lake

News Leader [Staunton, VA]
6 July 2011

Buggs Island Lake catfish legend grows and grows

Written by
The Washington Post

MECKLENBURG COUNTY -- Talk to fishermen here and you will hear the legend of Buggs Island Lake: A Navy diver sent to recover the wreckage of a small plane encounters a fish the size of a man on the lake's bottom. He bolts to the surface and refuses to dip a toe into the waters again.

The yarn seemed as dubious as any other fish tale -- until two weeks ago. An angler hooked a 143-pound blue catfish in this reservoir along the Virginia-North Carolina border; it smashed the state record by more than 30 pounds and could be a world record. [...]