Largest Channel Catfish

Discussion in 'LOCAL PENNSYLVANIA TALK' started by mnoble72, Aug 3, 2009.

  1. mnoble72

    mnoble72 New Member

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    Caught a 35" 20 lb channel catfish on Friday night. My question is how common of are fish this size in PA? Has anybody else caught a fish of this size that you know of? I have caught several channels in the 8 to 10 lb range and flatheads up to 30 lbs.
     
  2. Imprsessive:wink:, please say you have a pic of it!:eek:oooh:

    Biggest I have personally caught was close to 30":roll_eyes:, usually anything over 28" is rare in my stretch.

    I think Shawn(BigFish4Me) nailed a few over 30":wink:. Don't hear about that happening alot though.:cool2:
     

  3. PaCatfishHunter

    PaCatfishHunter New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC. I use to live in Lancaster county and I never caught a channel over 5 lbs but always had good numbers. Now I moved in the Pittsburgh area and only been out a couple of times but expect to catch some bigger channels in the future. I also am upgrading my stuff for I can target flatheads.
     
  4. mnoble72

    mnoble72 New Member

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    no pictures!!! 1:30 in the morning. Silly to say but wanted to get back in the water as fas as possible.
     
  5. mylz17

    mylz17 Member

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    This should give you a good indication. Granted, not everyone reports their fish, but a 20# channel would have been the 2nd largest caught (and reported) in PA last year

    http://www.fish.state.pa.us/bigfish.htm
     
  6. MikeV

    MikeV New Member

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    I'v caught atlease 5 or 6 that were 32in. I finally beat that this year with a 33in.A friend of mine caught a fat one this year i'm not sure how big it is but heres a pic.
     

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  7. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    There are 20lb channel cats that live in the Delaware River!

    They are rare in the non-tidal Skuke!

    10lb is considered big out east!:cool2:
     
  8. PaJay-p

    PaJay-p Guest

    Checkout Naack (Shawn) he caught a 33 lb. channel last year that just missed the state record. He uses the picture for his avatar.
     
  9. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Mark Welcome to the BOC, from So. Illinois. Congrats on a nice channel.
     
  10. recordbreakin1

    recordbreakin1 New Member

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    Congrarts on your catch.A 20# channel any where is a good fish.
     
  11. readingcatfisher

    readingcatfisher New Member

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    I was with Lenny (Lendog) when he caught his hall of fame 16.4 pound channel in the Skuke ,also I had a few 13# channels they are here :wink:
     
  12. mylz17

    mylz17 Member

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    How much of a fight does a 20# put up? I've caught some 8-10#'s that rival a bigger and badder flatheads in a fight.

    Nice fish!
     
  13. mnoble72

    mnoble72 New Member

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    about 25 min fight on steelhead with 8 lb test. Had both anchors up in the boat and it would spin the boat. I fish this lake alot and never thought there were any catfish that big in that lake. I have caught several around 10lbs in the lake, but it is a big jump up to 20 lbs.
     
  14. Naack

    Naack New Member

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    Check out my avatar .. 33lbs biggest ive3 ever cought most i usualy see is between 8 and 19lbs... but they are in their :wink: oh and my daughter was 5 years old in that picture :big_smile:
     
  15. Naack

    Naack New Member

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    when i hooked into the 33lber i woulda put money on it as a state record Flat... it took a live 7 inch gill... i thought i had a 60lb Flat on til i got her to shore :eek:oooh:
     
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  17. mylz17

    mylz17 Member

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    I got to find me some bigger channels!! Some of the flats I've caught felt like I was pulling a weight through the water :smile2:
     
  18. DIESELkat

    DIESELkat New Member

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    Welcome to the club, good to see another Butler County guy. Thats an impressive catch. Too bad you didnt get a pic. You catch it at Arthur?
     
  19. Skammer

    Skammer New Member

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    My best was a 34 incher that went just a little past the 15 lb mark on my Lipper scale. I'm always lookin for that elusive 36 incher!
     
  20. catchinghogs

    catchinghogs Well-Known Member

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    A twenty pound channel is very impressive congrats. Biggest I've ever caught was 17.5 pounds and have seen a couple a little bigger.