Flathead catfish are starting to nest

Discussion in 'Alternative Methods of Catching Catfish' started by Bill D Curtis, Jun 7, 2009.

  1. Bill D Curtis

    Bill D Curtis New Member

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    caught first flathead of the year a 46 lb male by himself checked some other holes still blues on the nest water still a little cold will keep every one updated as it gets warmer
     
  2. Wilbur T.

    Wilbur T. New Member

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    Flatheads were nesting pretty good this weekend on the TN River. We grabbed four over 30 yesterday and one 15-pound channel cat. Kept one to eat and released the rest.
     

  3. Wilbur T.

    Wilbur T. New Member

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  4. lance

    lance New Member

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    True sport ! And you released some of em! Congrats on the bloody hands !
     
  5. Wilbur T.

    Wilbur T. New Member

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    We release 90 percent of our flatheads. There are three of us who handfish together on a regular basis, and we'll usually keep one or two flatheads apiece during the entire season. Those are typically fish that are injured during the grabbing process (torn gill, etc.)

    A decent-sized fish provides two big fillets, two big pieces of cheek meat, and a slab of belly meat. It's all tasty when properly trimmed, and it doesn't take many fish cleaned in that fashion to fill the freezer. We take pictures of the rest of them and let them go.
     
  6. Southerncats

    Southerncats New Member

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    What lake on the TN. do you grabble on?....glad too see that you are releasing most of them......not too many flathead are that fortunate.....have you ever hit the same hole two days in a row and caught the same fish or does it take them awhile to go back?
     
  7. Bill D Curtis

    Bill D Curtis New Member

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    hey mike if you turn them back or if you lose one they will be back home in afew hours most of the time
     
  8. Wilbur T.

    Wilbur T. New Member

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    We're fishing Kentucky Lake. We pulled one out on Tuesday and lost it. Caught one from the same hole on Sunday, and although I can't say for sure, I'm pretty certain it was the same fish. Nearly identical in size.

    I believe a lot of folks assume handfishermen kill everything they catch, and that's just not true in many cases.