70+# Flathead found dead

Discussion in 'LOCAL INDIANA TALK' started by whiteriverbigcats, Mar 30, 2008.

  1. whiteriverbigcats

    whiteriverbigcats New Member

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    I was driving in the Waverly area friday and found a Flathead that easily exceeds the 70# mark... Never have i seen one of that size come out of that area but after the river flooded it was washed up into a field and as the water evaporated it go stuck and died... It really stinks to see a fish of this size dead in the area I fish.. Last year i came across the same thing but that flathead was in the 50# range.. the only thing good about it is that a fish of that size i know has reproduced and that there are more or soon to be more just like it.... Just thought i would share that... I hate finding them after its to late....
     
  2. orion_xxvx

    orion_xxvx New Member

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    I think that receeding waters trap alot more fish than people realize.
     

  3. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    Damn Shane, where did ya get that huge-ass blue I your avatar?

    Just lets you know that specific area holds big fish. You should start rounding up bluegills.

    By the way, Nice hat! I have the very same one.
     
  4. jamesfish

    jamesfish New Member

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    shane hate that the fish gone thereis a lot of fish killed that way see alot when the water is up that far here in gandview down by the river bottoms
     
  5. whiteriverbigcats

    whiteriverbigcats New Member

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    Oh i caught her back in Feb.. At the Cumberland Fish and Camp.. she weighed in at 37.5 ( i know she looks bigger )

    as for the hat... thanks.. its one of about 25
     
  6. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Well if you don't eat 'em thats what can happen!....:crazy::wink:
     
  7. whiteriverbigcats

    whiteriverbigcats New Member

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  8. gdog bigcat

    gdog bigcat New Member

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    Boy, that's a shame. I fish the river right in there also. Where around Waverly did you find this fish? Is it still there? I might have to go see it! (You know you got cabin fever when you want to go look at a dead fish.)
     
  9. drpepper

    drpepper New Member

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    Thats funny.. I know what you mean
     
  10. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    Sounds like a nice fish shamed it couldnt keep growing
     
  11. crazyjet1

    crazyjet1 New Member

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    I would have like to catch him to bad hes not going to be swimming around anymore!!!:sad2:
     
  12. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    its a shame thats for sure !
     
  13. wayne1967

    wayne1967 New Member

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    I found one dead in the eddie/slack water were a large ditch empties into the mississippi. It was stiff and swelling a little so I gutted it before I weighed off the side of my boat. It was 44lbs. Biggest one I've seen up close. The mouth of this ditch use to always have a trotline acrossed it baited with live bluegill in the fall. It was in place when I found the fish. The guy must have not checked it for days because I would be willing to bet that the fish was on that line.
     
  14. krowbar

    krowbar New Member

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    hate to hear that. but lets you know just whats out there. thanks for sharing
     
  15. thenightstalker

    thenightstalker New Member

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    i have found that when there are floods, there are many fish caught in deeper water holding areas.....example....ponds close to the river. when the water drops low enough to fish the holding areas, its prime time to fish those areas. i have caught many big cats, walleyes, sheepshead, ect in those types of areas. usually its like shooting fish in a barrell. its very fun to take kids to those areas
     
  16. catfisherman_eky3

    catfisherman_eky3 New Member

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    thats sad the fish may have died of natural causes or old age
     
  17. bsu_catfisher

    bsu_catfisher New Member

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    Man that sucks to hear about a big cat like that dying.
     
  18. jason berry

    jason berry New Member

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    I found a dead 60# flathead in Arizona last year same problem he got stuck in a small pool and it got him sad.
     
  19. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    That is a true tragedy! There is no way to prevent such a thing from happening, but I wish the big ones would not get so adventurous. The bait fish goes to the shallow and the big guys follow, that's the nature of the beast. Too bad you didn't drive through a day ealier.