SIOUX FALLS, S.D. (AP) — The family of an angler whose catfish held a South Dakota record for nearly 70 years is upset that state wildlife officials voided the record.
Roy Groves caught the 55-pound (24.9-kilogram) fish in 1949. The fish originally was identified as a channel catfish, but South Dakota Game, Fish and Parks voided the record Friday, saying Groves actually caught a blue catfish, not a channel catfish.
Groves’ great-grandson, James Labesky, told the Argus Leader that his mother and his grandfather had shared stories about Groves’ fishing exploits, but he had never heard about the record being disputed.
Labesky said in a Facebook post that South Dakota wildlife officials are taking away the record because they don’t think it’s a channel catfish by looking at a picture.
“Seems like they’re just looking at a picture of it and showing it to some fish specialists,” he told the newspaper.