String of record fish in Colorado continues …
By Summit Voice
SUMMIT COUNTY — A 20-year-old Aurora woman became Colorado’s newest fishing state-record holder after landing a 43-pound channel catfish at Aurora Reservoir on Oct. 4. The mammoth fish, caught by Jessica Walton, is the largest channel catfish ever caught in Colorado and the third consecutive state record taken from the Front Range reservoir in 15 months.
Walton caught the enormous fish at 6 p.m. using a night crawler, egg sinker and 20-pound test line. A novice angler who had landed just two fish in her life prior to her record catfish, Walton admits she was overwhelmed and “shocked” by her achievement.
“When I first picked up the rod and started reeling I thought I was snagged on a rock,” said Walton. ”I pulled again and that’s when the fish just took off. I reeled some more and the fish came towards the surfac–that’s when we saw how big it was and I just started shaking.” (more…)