Potential state record was eaten before properly vetted


Ben Tomkunas of Connecticut was out fishing on the night of August 21 when he reeled in a 21.3 lb catfish. It could have been a potential record for the type of catfish, white catfish.

However, it was eaten before being verified by wildlife officials.

Tomkunas gave the fish to his grandfather the day after it was caught, which is when the potential record was eaten. He was not thrilled when he learned that the record had been rescinded due to the fact that officials had not properly vetted that the catch was indeed a white catfish.

“It’s such an embarrassment,” he stated, according to Journal Inquirer.

Connecticut’s state record for white catfish is 12.7 lbs, and the world record is 19.3 lbs.

Story via AP