Caught a flathead catfish in my cast net....

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by Grimpuppy, Jun 22, 2009.

  1. Grimpuppy

    Grimpuppy New Member

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    Ever wonder just how shallow flathead will go at night? Caught this in my throw net about 11:00 Saturday night while I was trying to get shad. He was 2 foot off the bank in 18 inches of water. Weighed 20 1/2 lbs. After releasing it, I spent 45 minutes repairing my net.
     

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  2. PABowhunter4life

    PABowhunter4life New Member

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    Doesn't surprise me one bit. My PB 22# flathead came in about 4.5-5 feet of water and I have seen some absolute GIANTS cruising the river in water that was no deeper than 2 feet.
     

  3. recordbreakin1

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  4. kyredneck

    kyredneck New Member

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    Cool, thanks for sharing that Jay. I just learned to throw a net this year and have had a blast just in the ponds, have caught all kinds of fish including frogs and turtles, but no catfish yet. The shad are hard to find in the river (so far).
     
  5. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

    USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT New Member

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    At night,I regularly catch them in water that,ll barely cover their backs!Except for actually beaching themselves,I don,t think there,s a limit on how shallow they,ll go!:wink:
     
  6. shanelures

    shanelures New Member

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    my pb also came from a few feet from shore. 51.9 lbs! shane
     
  7. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    Was that flat just fat or full of eggs? Looks to be in real good shape.
     
  8. CountryHart

    CountryHart New Member

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    I bet he came to life when that net closed up around him.:crazy:
     
  9. Grimpuppy

    Grimpuppy New Member

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    It was real fat. I would have to guess it was full of eggs, but I am not sure. It was very angry about being in the net :crazy:.
     
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  11. CatHunterSteve

    CatHunterSteve New Member

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    Sweet, very sweet. Thanks for the pics. and the story, I gotta start throwing my cast net more often! LOL
     
  12. Welder

    Welder New Member

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    Never got a Flatt in a cast net that was cool. Got Blues before one 25lbs trashed my net, spoonbill up to 35lbs and big carp buff and asians. That was a castnet cast of a life time, getting a flat lol.
     
  13. kyredneck

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    Seems like to me we have two different 'varieties' of flatheads around in the KY River; short squatty ones and the longer slimmer variety. That looks like a short squatty one to me.
     
  14. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    That's cool! I couldn't imagine the thrashing it did in the castnet!
     
  15. Big Sam

    Big Sam Well-Known Member

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    I was at Kerr Dam at the spillway yrs ago throwing a 7fter for shad they were hard to get..I let it sink a little:wink: on top of a 40lb flathead!!!! I got it in my net that was the end of the net like to never got him out of there:tounge_out: I let him go..spectators weren't real happy about it, but they wouldnt have paid a hefty fine either now would they???:smile2: Grimpuppy did ya get any shad????:tounge_out: Way to let him go & grow!!!
     
  16. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    I catch most of mine within 5 feet of the bank with a pole, but I have never caught one with a net.:smile2:
    He does look real healthy, you should start targeting them a little more. I bet there is an untapped resource in there.:wink::cool2:
     
  17. Grimpuppy

    Grimpuppy New Member

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    Sam - I managed to net one 4" shad.:sad2:

    Kyle - Maybe when I get back you can come up and we can hit that spot. It is a pretty popular fishing spot, although no one was fishing there that night.
     
  18. jmanion8

    jmanion8 New Member

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    Thats a great story...lot of fun getting that net untangled, I'm sure!
     
  19. jsthumb

    jsthumb New Member

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    You know I have caught small channels and blues in my nets before and they will slap demolish a cast net in no time at all, but I couldnt even imagine trying to repair a net that caught a 20 lb flat. Probably would have been easier to just replact the net. I bet that was fun to try and pull over the side of the boat. Thanks for the story
     
  20. adamj

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    Last time out I got a 13lb flat in the net with a 9 in shad in his mouth and about 30 other shad that were all that size. Man was that sweet!