How Much Did the World Record Bluegill Weigh?

The record catch for a bluegill weighed 4 pounds 12 ounces. T.S. Hudson made the record-setting catch on April 9, 1950, at Ketona Lake near Tarrant, Alabama. The bluegill had a girth of 18 1/4 inches, and was 15 inches in length.

Other bluegill catches have topped the 4 pound-range since Hudson’s catch in 1950. For example, Danny Case caught a 4-pound 5-ounce bluegill at an unknown lake in North Carolina in 1967, and Phil Conyers caught a 4-pound 3-ounce bluegill at a strip mine lake in Kentucky in 1980.

According to Hudson’s son, R.V. Lashley, the record-setting bream was caught from a non-moving boat using a No. 6 hook baited with two earthworms using 10-pound test line attached to a cane pole. A sinker was used to keep the bait about a foot from the bottom of the lake.

A bluegill, sometimes known as bream, brim or copper nose, is a school fish that is part of the sunfish family. They are common to many inland bodies of water in the United States. These fish often feature a copper discoloration on the front below the gills, and a dark spot at the base of the dorsal fin. Bluegill are oval-shaped, similar to a flounder, and survive best in slow-moving rivers and streams as well as shallow ponds and lakes.