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Finally, after 2 years, I hooked up on this beasty today. Weighs about 5.5#.
Of course, I had the Lew's rigged for sunfish: 8# line, #6 hook. So, that's the one he decided to get hooked up on.
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Bill, my Lew's seems to be my "lucky" one. I've caught more on it than any of the others.
This flatty today, my PB cat for the year, and the 8 1/5# large mouth ( my PB over all for the year) included.
 

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I bet that was a hoot on that light pole!
Oh yes.
But, the good thing about it, it was only about 4' from where I was sitting. Then the bad thing, the water level is about 3' below normal. So, I was a bit worried that the line would snap before I got him over the edge. (There's a concrete wall with the top of the wall, more or less, level with the dirt.

As the fish came into view, I saw the dark colors and wondered,"What the heck kind of catfish is this?"
Never saw one that dark.
 

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By the way, Steve, that's the same rig I caught the 8 1/2# large mouth bass on last month. Now, THAT was a bit of a struggle.
But, where I caught him... no wall. Just a bit of a "beach."
 

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Congrats Bill!!! That's a good looking fish there sir!

You've still got time this season to find his grandpa :)
And I WILL be out there looking to put a hook in his lip. Or even his inner cheak like the one yesterday.
 

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WTG ! A Pretty one at that !
That's a coloring I've never seen, or heard of on a flathead.
If you look back at the bass I caught last month, it's almost the same coloring on both fish. And no mud or anything stuck on either fish.
 
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Most of the " mottled" ones I do catch come from clear"er" waters .A lot of Largemouths that come from muddy waters appear to be almost white . I think I read somewhere there skin pigmentation van change accordingly.
 

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Most of the " mottled" ones I do catch come from clear"er" waters .A lot of Largemouths that come from muddy waters appear to be almost white . I think I read somewhere there skin pigmentation van change accordingly.
Hmmm. Lake Overholser is mostly dark (muddy) water.
The bass and flathead are the darkest specimens I've ever seen.
 
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I've never really been able to make any correlation between color and any specific factor, other than ,in the fall when I fish deep, every once in a while I'll get a super bright golden/orange colored flatty. But even then, may catch a bright orange one, then the next fish is dark brown.

Thinking about it, I guess it does seem like the younger fish tend to exhibit the mottled patterns more, where I fish at least. Wonder how quick they can change color, are they pigmented like humans, where we are generally 1 color scheme with relatively slight variations based on environmental factors, or are their bodies able to change fairly quickly, based on their environment?

They definitely exhibit broader color /pattern variety than most species, in our waters at least, wonder how much of it is genetic and how much of it is environmental.
 

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The flathead I caught in 2019 was just a little darker than yours, Denny.

The picture of my latest flatty was just after dark. So, that might contribute a bit to how dark it looks.
But it was pretty dark in color.
 
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