Chickahominy River update

Discussion in 'VIRGINIA RIVERS TALK' started by caveman, Nov 11, 2007.

  1. caveman

    caveman New Member

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    went out on the chick today,

    hooked into a monster!!

    got her up beside the boat, hook came out.

    trying to guess her size, she was over 36 in. long, probably shorter than 48 in. big fat blue!! my pb for sure.

    i'm shopping for a good net now...


    vaughn
     
  2. Baitkiller

    Baitkiller New Member

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    OUCH, OUCH!!

    :0a27:
     

  3. caveman

    caveman New Member

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    i know!

    my father in law was with me, so i have a witness at least! lol...

    btw, he is going out to buy a bigger rod/reel combo tomorrow.

    i've caught alot 15-20 lbs. a few 25-30 lbs. they weren't even close to this one.

    when the fish first got close to the top, i saw the flap, damn it was about a foot from tip to tip!!

    i won't lie, i got scared... i thought how in the hell am i gonna get this in the boat??

    got her tired out and up to the boat, grabbed the leader, her head came up and turned. out popped the hook...

    next time, i'll bring the cam and a big strong net!!

    vaughn
     
  4. O2Bfishing

    O2Bfishing New Member

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    what kind of hooks were you using ?
     
  5. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    I have wondered how effective lip grippers would be in this case...

    I haven't bought one yet, in that I am having to choose between a good lip grip and a fish finder (I think I'll go for the fish finder!). However, I have wondered if a lip grip would secure the fish while still in the water so that it's less likely to lose him.

    Sorry to hear about the loss! :big_smile:

    By the way, welcome to the BOC, Vaughn!
     
  6. mmccalli

    mmccalli New Member

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    I am a big fan of using a gaff hook. I am not sure what the laws are in your state, but a gaff will work really well on large fish. Plus you don't have the risk of the fish being to big for the net.
     
  7. JPritch

    JPritch New Member

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    Just get you one of those really really big nets and you'll be good.

    If I didn't have my net with me, your situation would be one where I would have hand grip the sucker. I'd be one smiling bloody-handed fool!
     
  8. HookLineSinker

    HookLineSinker New Member

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    Caveman, we've probably all been there. Sorry you didn't see her in the boat.

    Jeremiad: I settled for a cheaper grade of grips, Rapala, and they are good for fish under 25 lbs, but not worth much on a big cat. I have a bent pair that shows what a rolling 40 pounder will do. Don't bother unless they are Boga's or high quality.

    LOL at the bloody hand JPritch.
     
  9. justlearning

    justlearning New Member

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    Vaughn...man you trying to break the state record from the start???....
    .congratulations on finding the biggon anyway..
    Sounds like you are out to a great start. Just be sure you
    don't try to raise the net by the handle with a big cat in it.
    Once the cat is in the net hang on to the rim to lift the big
    Boy in the boat.....you probably already know this...but thought
    I would mention it since you are just getting started with the big boys.

    Jerry
     
  10. caveman

    caveman New Member

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    thanks all,

    i was using 5/0 gama octopus hooks.


    got a big net at greentops today! won't happen again if i can help it...

    i don't want to gaff the biguns, i'll set them free to fight another day.

    ps i bought some 6/0 and 8/0 circles too.



    vaughn
     
  11. O2Bfishing

    O2Bfishing New Member

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    OK PICTURE THIS ::: You have a gripper, the second you clamp it on a big fish it rolls and twists it out of your hands,now the fish has a 10 inch club its swinging wildly :crazy:OR WORSE YET.....youhave the strap around your wrist and the 50 pound cat breaks your arm, and it still has a weapon !!! :embarassed:
    Still want to use a gripper on a big fish thats in its element - THE WATER :wink:
     
  12. Paraguayguy

    Paraguayguy New Member

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    I bought the 100 pound rapala lock and weigh gripper two years ago. Tried it on three or four trips and it just wouldn't hold consistantly big catfish. It would slip right out of their mouth when hoisting into the boat. I ended up selling it on ebay.

    I hate big nets as my boat is small and the net seems to always be in the way. The big fish in my avitar my brother hand grabbed. No idea how big as my scales only go to 60 and that fish bottomed it out with a third of the fish still on the floor.

    If I lose them , who cares, I was going to turn them loose anyhow. I don't fish tournaments so loosing a fish sucks but don't cause me to loose bragging rights or dough.
     
  13. mbandjb

    mbandjb New Member

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    I too, am having to get a bigger net.
    I have the lip gripers and they work good on smaller fish,but I lost one that my wife had on,the fish twisted the line around the griper and broke off...That was a long ride home:sad2:
    I looked on Catfish Connection.They have what seems to be a good net..

    mikeb
     
  14. jeremiad

    jeremiad Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the great information, folks.

    This feedback would make a great article for the BOC library...