Good night Fishing

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by photocat, Sep 15, 2005.

  1. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    i went out tues night/weds morning w/ some friends. They wanted to drink and i wanted to fish so it worked out well. packed up my stuff and hopped in my truck. picked up a $1.48 and headed down to the lake to meet up w/ them. As they drink i set up my rods and get everything set up... rods are varying, reels are 2 abu's 6500s and a shakespeare skp2000. line 12-15 lb berkley big game. 1 1/2 oz on each rod w/ a 4/0 circle or 3/0 gama baitholder. rod holders 2 horizontals from Cat Con. and well an exposed root. set out the rods in a spread next to a fallen tree on the left and a fair slope of exposed shore due to lack of good rain recently. one going to the right, one going in the middle somewhat straight. and the last is to the left but more straight, by the tree.

    about 1/2 hr after setting everything out my right rod starts going off a bit and i hop down off the log up in the treed area and walk down to where it is... lift the rod and.......its stuck on the bottom or something... walk down the bank and am able to free the hook or weight from what it was caught in... unfortunately no fish or not one that was willing to pull back any... so i put more bait on and toss it back out. took less then 10 min but had a yellow bullhead of around a pound and half on.

    re bait that one and toss it back out in hopes of another strike...

    That strike came about 45 min-an hr later... the left rod closest to the tree and only out about 20 feet in 4 ft of water starts PEELING off line. The reel i had bought off Ebay about 3 weeks ago and didn't always pick up the spool when you started to reel in (known before i bought it).The Rod was a walmart clearance $23 marked down to $5. anyway this was one of the few times it actually did that... thumbing the reel (still going like a bat out of hell) i managed to get it to engage. nope... still taking out drag and pulling hard... i know your really not supposed to tighten the drag but i did. as far as i could safely manage. it worked sort of... the fish was still taking drag and now im feeling more pull on the rod... i walk my self back up the bank to get my net (which i stupidly didn't bring w/ me when the clicker went off). 1 min goes by in a give and take, running from one side to the other across the middle line. 2 min, 3, 4, 5, 6... 10 min later im still arguing with this fish when i see it in the water... well i saw a white flash (LONG) in the water... im thinking, great i caught a big striper when going for cats... that got me excited, so i got the net ready, held between my legs ready to scoop up the fish... Finally i get the fish w/ in 5 feet of the bank... 4 feet, 3 feet, and it takes off again before i can net it... 20 yard run and when i got it back in the net went under it and it barely fit in my net... as i lift the fish up in the net (by the rim w/ one hand and the handle (vertical) in the other) i pull it up to where my friends are... I notice my nets rim has broken and isn't completley holding so i put the fish down and get my pliers and scale... another stupid move on my part... only one i rememebered to bring to the fishing site is my 12lb scale :cool: ... but it has a tape measure... the fish had outgrown the 24" one on my net's handle. 31" long... almost 7 across the back of his head. girth of about 22" if i didn't squeeze his belly... i go to weigh him (knowing fully well he was more then 12 lbs) and as i predicted he instantly bottomed out the scale. my guess was 15-18 just from feel, don't care its my personal best for Channel cats and well all fish in general... no camera either... oh well... The one Really smart thing i did that night was to release him. spent 10 min reviving him and trying not to fall down the steep slope into the water but did and after he was strong enough i watched him swim off into the water very fast in the moon light.

    I rebaited that line and tossed it out there... over the course of the next 3 hrs i caught a few more (5 i think) 2 more bullheads and 3 white cats (i think because they didn't look like channels or bullheads, i haven't been able to find my book to properly id them). 7 total in 5 hrs and a $1.48 tub of chicken livers makes for a good night, esp since i just got my new personal best :)
     
  2. maddcatter

    maddcatter New Member

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    15-18lbs is a heck of a channel. congrats.
     

  3. TrophyHunter

    TrophyHunter New Member

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    That was a great report Photocat!! I felt like I was there fightin that cat with ya :cool: Good job on letting that one go :cool: :D !!
     
  4. ASASIN

    ASASIN New Member

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    Congrats on the catches!!!!!!!!!! Sounds like a fun night catching a nice one like that!!!!!!!! God bless.
     
  5. crazy

    crazy New Member

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    You need to teach your friends how to net a fish. Good story, and nice fish you got your self.
     
  6. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Congrats on ur catches.
     
  7. Individualist

    Individualist New Member

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    Photocat, I'm not pickin' on ya, but how does photocat not have a way to photo the cat? LOL. Congtrats on the nice channel cat, it sounds like quite an exciting time with all the snafues you had to overcome. The heat of battle.

    My son had a netting problem last Saturday when Josh (Crazy) went fishing with us. Josh hooked into an 17lberish blue cat and Taylor couldn't quite get the net down to the tail end of the fish. I didn't want the fish to break off so I reach down and pulled him in the boat by the gill plate. The fish slipped out of my hand and landed in my sons crotch, mouth first. I didn't say much but my mind was racing, ( like Taylor, you might want to backup a bit fella, unless you want to lose your unit ) but everything turned out OK including Taylor's unit.
     
  8. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    I was going fishing, more to hang out w/ my friends more then anything else... i gotta put a disposable in my bag or something next time... and i could have gotten a shot but that would require a 1/4 mile walk/run that would have been more then the fish could have taken... btw my friends were drunk and not fisherman... they wouldn't hold the fish in the water till i got back w/ my camera... I wish they would... or atleast hold the stringer if i had one... idk alot of mistakes in the whole process... but the end result, fish landed and released safely to fight another day is all i care about.
     
  9. warcraft1975

    warcraft1975 New Member

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    great job on the fish
     
  10. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    As an update to the no photo with the big fish... i have gotten a little digital camera now and it is pretty much attached to the bag i always take fishing along with a rod holder and monopod (telescoping pole to hold camera on) for when i catch fish... so as long as i have the bag with me i will be able to get photos of my catches :)
     
  11. JMarrs328

    JMarrs328 New Member

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    Very nice fish, i want one like that
     
  12. Big Country01

    Big Country01 New Member

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    nice story but i agree with crazy and teach your buddies how to net a fish,better yet give them a fish and feed them for a day ,teach them to fish and feed them for life....
     
  13. jrm11

    jrm11 New Member

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    That's a nice one ! What was the weather like>? Been kinda cold around here ...
     
  14. photocat

    photocat New Member

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    i caught it back in mid september so the weather was nice... low 60's that night i think... wasn't a bad night at all...

    lol my friends by that time were to drunk to walk off into the woods to pee, they had to crawl (other reasons too but drunk was a big one)... they couldn't hold the net steady to land it at all... it was fine... i got the fish in which is all that matters and it was released safely to go about its own life so i was thrilled :)...