Ever been spooled?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by bnt55, Sep 12, 2009.

  1. bnt55

    bnt55 New Member

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    I was talking to a guy today who said he was spooled by a big fish recently and it got me thinking how many of us have been spooled by a cat?
     
  2. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    It happened to me one time:wink:
     

  3. Mr. Foster

    Mr. Foster New Member

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    I wish one would try.
     
  4. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    yea, by a flathead, 50 pound test, no joke, i had to lock it down and it pulled me in the ater then snap, 90 pound flat,what else ,no blues here,just flats,if i got it in i would of held ill flat record ,
     
  5. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    I've been spooled 3 times snagging. Probably a big spoonbill, but may have been a big flat head.
     
  6. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

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    them blues will spool you, if your on the bank, from what i here, but, ive yet to get a giant blue, 50 or over, , biggest blue is 15 pounds, flat is 50, i hope i can get spooled almost lol by a blue but still land em lol
     
  7. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    I have never been spooled but have pulled anchor to keep it from happening. I've had fish to pull me around a few times. I let the drag work for me.
     
  8. katfish ken

    katfish ken New Member

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    Same here Mickey: But I've still been broke off a few times trying to put to much pressure on them.
     
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  9. AwShucks

    AwShucks New Member

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    So of the hundreds, if not thousands of catmen on the BOC, they have been spooled 5 times. Hardly justifies that 100 lb test line. LOL
     
  10. Grimpuppy

    Grimpuppy New Member

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    Never even been close to being spooled. I would think it is more likely in a big river or deep lake.
     
  11. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    You know Jake........same thing here, LOL! I have lost many 150 lb Blues.:roll_eyes: Every single one that has broken me off has been at least a State Record fish!:smile2: Gonna go get me some 200lb Power Pro and a whole chicken for bait. Gonna get that sucker!:wink:
     
  12. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    I think the 200# line and whole chicken will do the trick:wink:
     
  13. biga

    biga Well-Known Member

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    i got u and skipeye beat..... i was using a live goatabout 3hands tall as bait on the ohio river below newburg dam using 1/4" cable on my anchor winch as a reel with a j hook off my wrecker and got my boat sank right to the bottom when a big ole volkswagon sized flathead[you know the one that lives below all the dams] sucked that goat in and made a run for it !!!! boy you should have seen it!! world record fish 3 times over i tell ya... bet he was close to 1500#:wink:
     
  14. Fl.catman

    Fl.catman New Member

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    I came close one time had 1 wrap of line left on the spool. I was usng a spinning reel with 20# Trilene fishing fast moving water. When the fish hit it headed down river like a rocket. I used my drag to slow him down as much as I could without locking it down for fear of breaking off. It was a 31# blue in fast water with a 20# test line. That fish was proof to me that there is NO need for 100# line for cats as long as one knows how to use a drag and uses their rod to fight a fish. I see to many ppl trying to use their reel to fight a fish and they break off more times then not with large fish. I've said it before and I'll say it again - reels are made to pick up line,your drag is to slow down the feed of line from your spool,Your rod is made to fight the fish. Forget any of these 3 things while fishing and you just may loss that once in a life time fish.
     
  15. SGTREDNECK

    SGTREDNECK New Member

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    I have been spooled once I think it was a monster striper. I had 50 pound spiderwire on and locked my reel and we just sat there fought for the rod. So I gave him alittle drag and he just took off and I heard a snap and I fell to my knees. I couldn't beleive it just happened. O well i will get it next time.
     
  16. fishstick

    fishstick New Member

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    i always run a fairly loose drag. since i mostly drift i have used my trolling motor several times to keep up with a big hard running blue.
     
  17. playin4funami

    playin4funami New Member

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    I was spooled many times when I was younger and fishing with inadequate gear. got spooled in a 5 acre pond that was only 4 ft deep once using 12 lb test fishing for channels,made a single drag burning run and bang spooled. the pond dried up a couple years after that and we found that there were some big flatheads in there,or what was left of them anyway found 5 or 6 flathead skulls that would have belonged to 40 to 50 lb fish. Since using reels with spools big enough to hold 200 to 500 yards or line and heavy lines and stout poles that can put some pressure on fish havn't been spooled but once,when something decided I didn't need the 300 yards of braided 65 lb test and that the 4 lb carp bait was his.He got in the current and headed downstream like he was just in no hurry,I could feel him shake his head now and then,at then the line was all gone.
     
  18. bnt55

    bnt55 New Member

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    no matter the loss of line and lure, I still think it would be a humbling and exciting experience to be spooled by a superior fish..:worship:
     
  19. j.bridges

    j.bridges Active Member

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    I have been spooled one time...there was little to no current and my buddy could not get the anchor up...it was hung on something....I never turned his head as he headed to the river channel and I use big gear...needless to say I have never let my buddy live it down...
     
  20. bedbug jr

    bedbug jr New Member

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    Spooled once, broken off many times. Set the hook on one and he went south--never stopped, never turned, never even looked back to see my tears:smile2::smile2::smile2: Hmmm, wonder if it was a barge:eek:oooh::eek:oooh::sad2: Stay safe and stick a pig!!!:wink: