Took the daughter out fishing yesterday and she landed a biggin!
It wasn't an accident, she is an avid catfisher! She has her own Ugly Stik Catfish combo spooled with 20# Ande Monster mono.
We were fishing for bait and she caught a decent crappie. I asked her if she wanted to keep it to eat or use it for bait; without hesitation, she said she wanted to use it for bait. We cut it up and used the head section.
When the fish bit, it was very subtle almost like a walleye or flathead bite. She fed it some line for a few seconds to allow the fish to get the whole bait in it's mouth if it happened to be a smaller fish. After a few seconds, she reeled down on it and the pole didn't immediately load. She thought she missed it and kept reeling in to check her bait. After a few more cranks, the rod loaded and the fight was on! I couldn't believe the size of the fish when she got it to the bank! Turned out to be her new PB at 11 pounds 4 ounces! That beat her previous PB by almost 3 pounds.
That was the only cat caught, but it was well worth it! And, she let it go back to get bigger!