First Flathead Catfish of the season (no pic yet soon avitar)

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by FlatGetter, Apr 20, 2006.

  1. FlatGetter

    FlatGetter New Member

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    Me and SangamonCatKiller went out fishing 4-15 and the river was pretty high, he took one of the normal fishing holes, and I went down river a little bit and found a flooded nook that went back about 200yds. I forgot to turn my airator on so I had 2 live gills. 1 live chub and 4 dead gills. But I saw carp splashing around everywhere. And on Day On The River they were talkin about the same situation. I hooked A dead gill through the eyes cut off the tail, made a slit down the intestents, and scalled both sides, then through it at th mouth of the nook. Then I through a live bluegill out in the main river. About a half-hour later I seen the rod tip bouncing a little(On the dead cut-up bluegill)and It was all slack water and I figured it was a channel tring to fit it into it's mouth, as I was getting my rod out of the holder I can feel more tension so I set the hook and I get him in after a 40sec. fight. He measured 43" long 25" girth and weighed 30lbs. About a half-hour later I hook up with another monster about 10yd. from where I caught the last one, on a live gill but it got off :sad: . But I was happy to catch the first one. It's the biggest fish Ive ever caught. This is only my second year flathead fishing, and for a small river thats a monster.
     
  2. FlatGetter

    FlatGetter New Member

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    3 months later finally got my picture off his digital camera. my avitar
     

  3. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    nice fish good story sounds like you got them figured out.
     
  4. blackhorse83

    blackhorse83 New Member

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    Great catch, glad to see it.
     
  5. Way to go. For some of us those flatheads are as elusive as the perfect pump at the has station.
     
  6. Katphish

    Katphish New Member

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    congrats on the nice flatty
     
  7. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Nice fish brother, 40 seconds to land a 30lber is pretty good. Ya using a winch?? hehehe
     
  8. FlatGetter

    FlatGetter New Member

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    Illinois
    Abu-Garcia Brother the next best thing to a winch.
     
  9. LarryW

    LarryW New Member

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    Abbeville Louisiana
    Congrats on a nice flat and hope you catch a lot more.
     
  10. whiteriverbigcats

    whiteriverbigcats New Member

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    Great story and Even Nicer fish... Yeah those ambassador reels are awsome.. i have three and planning on getting more...
     
  11. shelbygt1979

    shelbygt1979 New Member

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    Congrats on the great catch and all abu garcia here as well
     
  12. HRCats

    HRCats New Member

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    Very nice flattie! Congrats on your catch!
     
  13. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    Sarver, Pa
    Nice Flathead! If you crop the photo it will make a much nicer avatar!
     
  14. CamFish3210

    CamFish3210 New Member

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    Texas
    congrats on the fish....ive only got one in my life and that was like 7 or so years ago and it was only 5 lbs :confused2: ....im trying way harder than i did then and im having no luck. ....well heres to more flatheads for you me and everyone here on the BOC