I've got a keeper!

Discussion in 'ILLINOIS LAKES / RESERVOIRS TALK' started by astutzman, May 15, 2006.

  1. astutzman

    astutzman New Member

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    I caught my first ever flathead last night down at Sangchris lake. He wasn't a monster, but at about fifteen pounds he was easily the biggest fish that I've ever caught. He's a breeder though, so I had to put him back.

    The "keeper" is my fiancee, who drove thirty miles at 10 PM to come out and help me CPR him for my new avatar. Now that's the sign of true love...:smile2:
     
  2. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    Think you might be right....!
     

  3. brad kilpatrick

    brad kilpatrick New Member

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    Way to go man good Job.

    Now you better Be nice to that little lady sounds like ya owe her one.

    in the future you might want to pack a cheap digital or a disposable camera with your tackle. running out to the middle of no where at all hours of the night wears thin on the ladys pretty quick...........LOL Been there done that....ain't going back. it wasn't pretty I pack a camera now.
     
  4. mississippi man

    mississippi man New Member

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    Looks like a real nice fish. Yeah she's a keeper and take the advice of packing a camera. Good Job!
     
  5. flathunter

    flathunter New Member

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    Nice fish man, glad to see you put it back!
     
  6. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Alan congrats on your first flathead, always nice to get that first one. The BOC helped me get mine. Good luck the rest of the year.
     
  7. astutzman

    astutzman New Member

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    I've got a camera that I always keep in my tackle box, but it's water proof so there's no flash. My fiancee said she didn't care about driving down there though, and I think she ws even more excited than I was. :big_smile:
     
  8. catfishrus

    catfishrus New Member

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    well wait til that fiancee turns to wife and all that will change...lol. you done the right thing with the camera. cogrates on the flathead.
     
  9. drcwaynem

    drcwaynem New Member

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    astutzman,

    Congrats to you. I use to fish sanchris with my parents in their boat by the powerhouse and did real good fishing for channels. Would love to get up there and do some fishing myself. Only problem is I can't put my boat in with that 25hp limit. Keep up the great fishing!!!

    Wayne
     
  10. astutzman

    astutzman New Member

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    Wayne,

    I wouldn't let your motor size stop you, I see guys in there with big ones all the time. They just tilt them back. I guess as long as your not using it the lake patrol won't hastle you too much. They just don't want any skiers down there (which isn't a bad policy imho).
     
  11. drcwaynem

    drcwaynem New Member

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    Tilting it back is fine as long as you are already at the spot you want to be at. Maybe I should get a little sticker that resembles a "25" and place it over the "50" on my outboard and they won't know the difference :big_smile: Anyway, that area by the intake to the powerplant is a great spot. I will just have to keep fishing Carlyle and Baldwin lakes. Taking my son to Baldwin this weekend; hoping to catch a couple good blues or channels. Happy fishing!!!

    Wayne
     
  12. olefin

    olefin New Member

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    Alan,

    Yes, she sure sounds like a keeper!

    And your catch is very nice! I just recently caught my largest, a 14.5 flat... and I'm a few years older than you. :big_smile:

    Good luck with your keeper and fishing.
     
  13. Boogie68MHS

    Boogie68MHS New Member

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    I wouldn't try the 25 over the 50 decal - its been tried and failed quite a bit.
    Most guys have a kicker motor.
     
  14. channelcat_tracker

    channelcat_tracker New Member

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    looks like a keeper. wish i could catch one and i will. any hopes for me to catch one?
     
  15. astutzman

    astutzman New Member

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    tony,

    Stick around here and you're bound to get some good tips. This site is great for information on when, where and how to catch big catfish. it worked for me.
     
  16. Dragger

    Dragger New Member

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    Great catch brother, I once put a 9.8 decal over a 85 merc ,but it didn't work either, got a lot of laughts though..............
     
  17. drcwaynem

    drcwaynem New Member

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    hey dragger,
    Maybe mine will work since i have a 50hp 2 cy and as far as size goes it looks like a 25 4 cycle :smile2: ... Either way, it will be a while before I make it up there to fish Sanchris. Carlyle and Baldwin will have to get "fished out" first :wink:
     
  18. BIGCAT DADDY 71

    BIGCAT DADDY 71 New Member

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    congrats on your biggest flathead. nice fish.
     
  19. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    Congrats on the nice flathead.
     
  20. Peavey8Cat

    Peavey8Cat New Member

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    Congrats on your first Flattie. Taking a camera is good idea if you have someone that can use it while you hold the fish