Lake record shattered

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  • Ryan Hopkins crushed a 9 year old lake record on Saturday night – with a major assist from his buddy Nathan Deweese.

    The duo teamed up to land a 44.5 pound blue catfish at Lake Poway, besting the previous lake record of 34.5 pounds set in 2008 by Scott Marchese.

    Like a lot of record catches, some good fortune contributed mightily. Hopkins hooked and battled the big fish, aided by Deweese, who helped wrangle the massive fish ashore. After landing the big blue, the guys noticed that the fish had another hook in its mouth. Nathan had hooked, and broken off a fish about 20 minutes prior to that – turns out, this was that same fish.

    “This has been a dream of mine since I started fishing at 2 years old,” said Hopkins.

    After weighing the fish at the dock and taking some pictures, each with their turn to pose with the biggest fish ever landed at Lake Poway – the fish was released alive and well.

    Hopkins was using mackerel for bait, equipped with 20 pound test line and fishing near Jump Off Point.

    Lake Poway allows for night fishing until 11:30 PM on Fridays and Saturdays from July 7th through August 26th. Catfish are particularly active at night, so these summer night fishing opportunities are great to take advantage of if a trophy catfish is on your to-do list.

    The concessions close at 9 PM, so you must arrive prior to that to purchase your permits. Rental boats are currently limited due to construction on the dock. Call 858-668-4778 to verify availability of rental boats. Rentals must be in by 11:00 PM on night fishing dates.

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