How does everyone handle large catfish?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Chief, May 16, 2006.

  1. Chief

    Chief New Member

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    i was just wondering how everyone picks up and holds there catfish. on the #12 i caught when i weasled my fingers in its mouth i became aware of just how powerful there jaws are. i work construction and it felt just like hitting my fingers with a hammer! call me a sissy but i started to wear work gloves after that when handling catfish. is it the same for a 40pound flathead? yikes!
     
  2. Crawdad

    Crawdad New Member

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    if they hang on that hard, i wonder how people do "noodling", where they reach under bank overhangs to pull big cats out! Sounds like a good way to be drowned!
     

  3. trnsmsn

    trnsmsn New Member

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    Good Afternoon, I Use One Of The Berkley "Big Lipper" Tools, It Works Great & It's Easy On The Fish, Elliot
     
  4. Snappy

    Snappy New Member

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    I never catch any big ones so I can't help ya.
     
  5. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    I handle them by doing back flips and hootin & hollerin since they're so far and few between. but then I pick them up by the gill plate and tail.
     
  6. TA2D

    TA2D New Member

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    You mean a five pounder isn't big.... Shucks I thought that I had a record or something! I personally would try something like our brother from across the pond CatBusster does keep em in the water take some pics and call it good.

    Aaron

    TA2D


    Marines I see as two breeds, Rottweilers or Dobermans, because Marines come in two varieties, big and mean, or skinny and mean. They're aggressive on the attack and tenacious on defense. They've got really short hair and they always go for the throat.
    RAdm. "Jay" R. Stark, USN
     
  7. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    I always try to handle them with a little TLC, cause I generaly turn the back to where they came from.
     
  8. Chief

    Chief New Member

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    wont picking them up by the gills hurt them?
     
  9. griz

    griz Well-Known Member

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    If you have gloves use them if not grab that jaw bare handed, it might hurt but it's a good hurt! However I mostly use a net cause a big flathead can take alot of skin off your hands, not to mention dislocate fingers if it clamps down and spins, and a big blue can break fingers.
     
  10. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Usually use a net and when I want to pick it up I use gloves if i have them.It does hurt,but i like to show off the battle scars.
     
  11. The J-Man!

    The J-Man! New Member

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    I've always grabbed flatheads by the bottom lip. On the larger ones (over 30 pounds or so) I'll also use one hand under their belly to get a lift. I have not used gloves, but I imagine they would only make it easier. They have never chomped down on my hand too hard before (they were probably tired when I got them in).
     
  12. treddinwater

    treddinwater Active Member

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    I handle all flatheads by the mouth, they don't seem to be big biters. But I try and handle channels of all sizes other ways then in the mouth because they like to clamp down and grind those sand paper lips on your skin. And I will never ever ever stick my fingers in a bullheads mouth, those things are brutal. Was using pliers to get a hook out of a bullheads mouth once and it clamped down on the pliers and I barely got them out of the things mouth. In my experience, I've handled 20lb+ catfish by the mouth and never been bit, but handling a 12" bullhead can be painful.
     
  13. kscathunter

    kscathunter New Member

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    If you stick just your thumb in their mouth inthe middle and press in under their chin with your other fingers it forces their mouths open making it really hard for them to close it. i think it works better the bigger they are. if they try to clamp down push harder with your fingers.
     
  14. catchinghogs

    catchinghogs Well-Known Member

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    On flatheads pick them up like a bass but instead of using my thumb use all the fingers except the thumb that works well for the big ones on little channels i just use the rod to pick them straight out of the water.
     
  15. copycat

    copycat New Member

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    Sing it a lul a by, change it's diaper, give it a bottle and put it to bed:lol:
     
  16. BigCatSteve

    BigCatSteve New Member

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    if they are big enough to get my hand in i will hold them by the mouth
     
  17. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Boga Grip!!

    If one does clamp down on your hand, DON'T TRY TO PULL YOUR HAND OUT!! Those little teeth or bristles are designed to retain fish and they face inward!! It will take the skin off.
     
  18. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    my 2 personal best channels 36 1/2" & 34" both went to feed my family so I didnt care. for some reason I either catch a big one and no little eaters or I catch little ones and no biggins or i dont catch anything at all.
     
  19. liquidblue

    liquidblue New Member

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    If you put pressure on there bottom lip like a bass, it paralizes them and they wount bite. But you have to be carefull.
     
  20. keithcatfish

    keithcatfish New Member

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    A gloved hand in the mouth works fine but bare handed works in a pinch. I kind of like it when my hand is scraped up from lipping cats, it keeps the memory of the fishing trip fresh for a few days.