Big Channel catfish on the Illinois River

Discussion in 'ILLINOIS RIVERS TALK' started by IL Hunter, Aug 11, 2006.

  1. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    I jsut got this picture sent to my phone. My girlfriends dad who I usually fish with caught this big channel. It weighed in at 20lbs 11oz. Not a bad catch I must say. It happened about an hour ago. I really wish I was there when it happened. He was released to live another day.
     

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  2. fishinpals

    fishinpals New Member

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    that sure is a nice fish. Twice as big as any I've caught. Probably felt like a snag at first. Your time will come. Might want to Gridley Lake sometime. there are some 20 ponders there. Never caught one myself but have seen them, Biggest I've done there is 10, but several of them
     

  3. Redtick

    Redtick New Member

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    Having caught a 20# channel before, I know what a thrill it is to catch one. It is great to hear it is still alive.
    Il Hunter, it has been my experiance that giant channels often don't put up as good as fight as channels half their size. But, they are a thrill to catch anyway.
     
  4. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    That'll work! Thanx for sharein.
     
  5. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Thats a monster channel cat for sure.
     
  6. SilverCross

    SilverCross New Member

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    Congrats on a great channel.
     
  7. TEAM CATTER

    TEAM CATTER New Member

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    GREAT CAT.WHAT A CATCH:big_smile:
     
  8. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    very nice channel, I bet he had a ball catching that thing.
     
  9. BigGreen

    BigGreen New Member

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    I have noticed that. Had a few channels i swore were 20+lbs get em to shore and 4lbs lol.

    That is a huge channel, never caught a channel that big.
     
  10. smitty1

    smitty1 New Member

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    Hey what part of the Illinois river do you fish? I dont live very far from the river and fish it quite often... It and the ol' miss. I also fish the Illinois river tourneys, from hardin to pekin.