How many of you have broke the 50 pound mark on flattys?

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by 3rivers, May 22, 2020.

  1. 3rivers

    3rivers Well-Known Member

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    As the title says, how many of you have personally broke the 50 pound mark on flatheads. If you have, please list state and bait. Just curious really.

    I personally have not, but did hold a legit 50+ my buddy caught.
     
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  2. Thunder head

    Thunder head Well-Known Member

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    52 #lbs. for me / Georgia / cut blueback herring

    My fishing partner
    62 #lbs. / South Carolina / hand sized bream
     

  3. crcanter

    crcanter Well-Known Member

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    I haven’t broken the 50 pound mark yet, but my wife has. Bottomed out the 50-lb scales that I used to carry, so we don’t know the exact weight.
    Ohio River / WV / cut bluegill on a Cabela’s Whuppin Stick combo, 30-lb Berkeley Big Game, Gamakatsu 8/0 circle

    Until then, she laughed at the pics of guys “hugging” big fish... now she knows why!
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  4. 3rivers

    3rivers Well-Known Member

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  5. hurt locker

    hurt locker Well-Known Member

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    Hats off to anyone who has !!!!!!!
     
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  6. SteveMcK

    SteveMcK Well-Known Member

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    I'm stuck trying to break 40#
     
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  7. Nuclear Bill

    Nuclear Bill Well-Known Member

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    63.5 Mississippi River. Whole hand size shad.
     
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  8. chillydigits

    chillydigits Well-Known Member

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    47lbs. Is as close as I have gotten.. live goldfish, late October fishing a transition area in an Ohio lake
     
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  9. Trooper

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    Red River, Louisiana, 62 lbs. Shad
     
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  10. 3rivers

    3rivers Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the feedback guys. Saw a real 50 pounder pop up on some PA facebook groups. Figured it would make a decent enough thread here.
     
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  11. Nuclear Bill

    Nuclear Bill Well-Known Member

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    I think it is a great thread. I would like to add a 2 questions with your permission.

    How long did it take to catch your first flathead over 30 pounds? How long did it take to break 50 pound mark?
     
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  12. SteveMcK

    SteveMcK Well-Known Member

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    2yrs for my 1st over 30lbs
     
  13. 3rivers

    3rivers Well-Known Member

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    I’ve never broke 50. I was fortunate and 30 was really quick though.
     
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  14. Nuclear Bill

    Nuclear Bill Well-Known Member

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    It probably took me 3 years at least to break 30 lb mark. It took another 4 years to break the 50 mark.
     
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  15. twaskom

    twaskom Moderator Staff Member

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    Doesn't seem to be a level playing ground for who did what. Many of us started catfishing when we we could walk. So I guess those years count. Genricks Pond, a 5 acre confinement on a farm in central Indiana (at the time one of the biggest waters we could get to) didn't have blues or even flatheads that I ever saw.

    Now if I had started catfishing, and started out for trophy cats like many on here have done, I guess it would not have taken so long.

    So I am glad to hear folks that have just started catfishing are learning from sites like this and catching big fish but I take it with a grain of salt.
     
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  16. Nuclear Bill

    Nuclear Bill Well-Known Member

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    That's an extremely valid point. I grew up fishing from the time I was 6 years old but I never knew anything of trophy flatheads. I did not start fishing for them until I was in my 40s
     
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  17. Nuclear Bill

    Nuclear Bill Well-Known Member

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    To top that off it was a bass fisherman introduce me to trophy flatheads. I was just putting my boat in the water with my son whenever it was just beginning to get dark of course I was the bass fisherman are coming off the water. I have never had a problem catching channel cats 10 lb and under. So I always found it funny whenever best guys were like yeah, I caught a 4# fish man! I would show them pictures of 15 Town channels and then laugh and walk away. On this particular day there was a lot of buzz around 1 boat. So I went over to the boat and asked, what did he catch? He responded a 36#! I called bull shirt...he calmly opened the livewell to display a giant to me at the time flathead. I was hooked.
     
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  18. SteveMcK

    SteveMcK Well-Known Member

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    Yep, I'm in the same boat. I grew up fishing for everything. Catfish in a few ponds were pretty good size but they were all channels. I'm not sure I even caught a blue or flathead til I was in my late 30s or maybe even 40.
     
  19. hurt locker

    hurt locker Well-Known Member

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    I didn't start trophy cat fishing until my mid 50's. I can't imagine how many 20-30 lb Channel cats that I drove my boat over in Lake Erie. I have the trophy Channel and trophy Bluecat but the Flathead has eluded me.
     
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  20. crcanter

    crcanter Well-Known Member

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    I also grew up fishing for everything & didn’t get “serious” about catfish until about 10 years ago. The one that “sealed the deal” for me was a 32” flathead that I caught on a 3/16 oz jig while fishing for sauger & white bass in a creek near my parents’ house. I joined this site shortly after that in 2011 & have been focused on catfish ever since. I’m still hunting for my first 30-lb flathead, but I’m fortunate enough to have a wife who lets me handle the big ones that she catches! The 50+ in my post above is our boat record & her PB from 2014. Her previous PB was 37 pounds the previous year about a half mile upriver from the big one. It was actually the third fish caught on the same creek chub!
     
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