Accidental Flathead

Discussion in 'LOCAL MICHIGAN TALK' started by RiverKat, Sep 15, 2006.

  1. RiverKat

    RiverKat New Member

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    A friend of mine who is a Walleye guide on Muskegon lake ran into a large flathead by mistake last week. He was fishing the Grand River channel in Grand Haven for salmon when he connected with the fish. He was trolling Glo-J-Plugs using downriggers when the fish hit. He told me he never had such a hard time getting a fish off the bottom in his life. After a 15 minute battle he landed the fish. He had no scale to weigh the fish but I would consider his estimate to be within 5 pounds or so as he is an avid Great Lakes fisherman and is no stranger to large fish. He said the fish had to be in the 40 lb range. Unfortunately he took no pictures. He was between the Coast Guard Station and the pier heads when he connected with the big cat. He also informed me that several other fishermen were catching large channel cats on spoons from the pier. A few guys in the know have been targeting these fish with cutbait and shrimp and limiting out. I have noticed dwindling numbers of channel cats in the 10 mile stretch of river I normally fish. The increased catches from the pier only stengthen my personal theory that channel cats, particularly those in the lower Grand, migrate to the deeper, lower end of the river system in Fall and spend the winter there. In this case that would be Spring Lake, the entire dredged channel, and probably Lake Michigan itself. Imagine all the winter killed shad, alewives, smelt that must be available to them all winter. When I tell catfish guides from other states that we catch 20 lb channel cats here they don't believe me. Not to mention 20 lb sheephead!!!

    Dan
     
  2. Gr_Cat

    Gr_Cat New Member

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    Thats awesome Dan, I hope to be on the river again soon, the steelhead are really early this year and its been real busy down by 6th street with all the steelheaders in Grand Rapids. It would have been awesome to see a pic of a 40lber out of the grand there in Grand Haven. Thanks for the news.
     

  3. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    Dan sounds like you have the fish figured out. Can't wait to see pics of your catches later. Good Luck
     
  4. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    I treid too edit but was not fast enough. Let me add that all of my flatheads were caught on accident. I didn't even know there were flatheads in Lake Murray, SC.
     
  5. gcarlin

    gcarlin New Member

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    Lol, As Long As It Takes To Catch A Flattie ,i'm Surprised That I Even Knew What They Looked Like.
     
  6. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    When me and a friend of mine went out on Murray the bite was fast in about 4 hours we caught 12 fish nothing huge but I would guess the average at 6-8 pounds. You were right I didn't even recognize them to be flatheads, lol.
     
  7. PeZ

    PeZ New Member

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    I sure would like to have an accident like that lol
     
  8. buddah

    buddah New Member

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    Thats quite the accident! I guess cause it wasn't his "target species" that he called it that, huh?
     
  9. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    I'd take a big ol flattie on accident anyday!
     
  10. dwreel

    dwreel New Member

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    A 40# accident ! I should be so un-lucky. I did catch a 12" blue once while dragging a small plug behind the boat while I was beating the shore line for ba$$.
     
  11. bwanatony

    bwanatony New Member

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    Great story Dan.
    I was surprised how many of the big cats on the master angler lists were caught on J-Plugs, Hot-N-Tots, & Spoons. That may be the best way to catch them... by accident while salmon trolling!
    Glad to hear he released it, too!
     
  12. dreamcatcher

    dreamcatcher New Member

    By accident huh? Can we somehow plan on making these accidents happen more often? This is not the first I have heard of this phenomenom. Figures the fish you're after is caught by salmon jigs...Anyway, thanks for the great info Dan, there is hope yet! LOL!!!

    Vic