I had an interesting morning

Discussion in 'LOCAL ARKANSAS TALK' started by vetrock, Jun 26, 2008.

  1. vetrock

    vetrock New Member

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    I set out a couple of trotlines yesterday. This morning I caught a
    blue which in turn was swallowed by a flathead. The hook is still in
    the blue cat. I had to unclip the leader to get the fish in the ice
    chest.

    Together they weighed 13 lbs. I took a couple of pictures, and will attempt to post them later.
     
  2. PTDixieGal

    PTDixieGal New Member

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    I'd LOVE to see that!!! :big_smile:
     

  3. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Congrats on two species at ane time. Looking forward to seeing the pics.
     
  4. vetrock

    vetrock New Member

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    Here's the pic of the about 1 lb blue in the 12 lb flathead's mouth. I had to cut the flatties stomach open to retrieve the hook out of the blue's mouth.
     

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  5. Steven Armstrong

    Steven Armstrong New Member

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    thats the best catfishing story i`ve heard i a long time! that will be around for a long time! get-er-done!:wink:
     
  6. slabmaster

    slabmaster New Member

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    i want to be the first redneck to ask this. did you clean both fish? nice catch by the way. welcome to the BOC.
     
  7. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    Gotta love twofers. :big_smile::eek:oooh:
     
  8. vetrock

    vetrock New Member

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    Nah. The Blue was half digested. I got my hook back and then threw him away.
     
  9. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    That is a very interesting story, thanks for sharing with us.
     
  10. slabmaster

    slabmaster New Member

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    this kind of reinforces the fact that big fish catch bigger fish. i put a pound and a half crappie on a 14/0 shark hook one night and let it swim around below a dam in oklahoma . my buddy swore nothing would eat my bait. 25 minutes latter he was looking for a dip net.
     
  11. PTDixieGal

    PTDixieGal New Member

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    I've heard some people say that when you're fishing, sometimes you have to think like a fish.

    I've gotta admit I wonder what that fish was thinking when he swallowed the blue and got hooked himself!!!
     
  12. vetrock

    vetrock New Member

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    I caught 13 catfish and 2 walleye all totaled in 4 days of running 2 lines. Got for 1 lb freezer bags full of filets. Filleted a few of the bigger perch that I caught while trying to catch bait too.

    I figured out in this particular place on the Saline, flatheads went for the bigger bait such as other cats or hand sized perch. The walleyes, blues and channels preferred the minnows.

    Well, at least this time that's what they liked.....It will probably change again next week.
     
  13. poisonpits

    poisonpits Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    i like reading bout peoples fish and i also eat some of my fish that said ive heard that parts of the saline have pcbs and mercury contaminates in it.is this true or have i been led astray.
     
  14. MichaelP

    MichaelP New Member

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    Unfortunately most waterways are contaminated with dioxin, mercury, pcb's, and other industrial chemicals which bio accumulate up the food chain. Most large warm water fish Im sure have some degree of contamination. Thats why its just better to eat the small ones and leave the big ones to go on their way. In alaska the salmon accumulate mercury out at sea and then swim upriver to die contaminating pristine areas with mercury when they decompose. Sad world, huh?
     
  15. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Two for one sounds like a ton of fun! Thanks for sharing
     
  16. PTDixieGal

    PTDixieGal New Member

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    I read somewhere (it might have even been from the AR Game & Fish website) that some fish do not absorb as much of these contaminants as others.
     
  17. vetrock

    vetrock New Member

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    Yeah, there is a warning at most boat ramps saying don't eat the flatheads, channel etc, and only bass twice a month.

    That being said, the warning has been around since the 80's and I know of no confirmed cases of mercury poisoning. Basically, it's much ado about nothing.

    If someone ate fish from the saline every day, then I could see where it would be an issue. We eat it 1-2x/month at most, so I never worry about it.
     
  18. Smellycat

    Smellycat New Member

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    I caught a perch one time that got swallowed by a 4pound bass on the way in. That was a real fight on an ultralight!
    I also caught a perch once that got swallowed by a watermoccason on the way in. I let the snake have him.
     
  19. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    that just shows ya flats will take big baits.
     
  20. vetrock

    vetrock New Member

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    I gigged a frog with a snake attached once. That was a fright. Thankfully we had the type of gig that grabs, so it was easier to let him go.