massive flathead in oklahoma

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by loki1982, Jul 16, 2008.

  1. loki1982

    loki1982 New Member

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    Some pics I took this weekend at an event I went to in oklahoma.

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  2. loki1982

    loki1982 New Member

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  3. AZflats

    AZflats New Member

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    Is that one of those noodling tournaments?

    * Aside from the first picture with the fish on the ground.. It looks like they took care of them.. Were they released, or eaten?

    Thanks!
     
  4. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Those are some pretty massive fish, thanks for the pics
     
  5. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    The guy in that pic is famous. I've seen him on TV.

    Thanks for sharing the pics.
     
  6. Apache Flats

    Apache Flats New Member

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    Hey Jared, can you provide some more details on this ?????
     
  7. john catfish young

    john catfish young New Member

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    Those are some nice fish! Do you have any weights?:big_smile:
     
  8. loki1982

    loki1982 New Member

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    Noodling contest
    Last weigh in was at 7:30 PM, we left at 6:30 and the biggest fish was weighed at 64.2 pounds at that time, the biggest stringer of 3 fish was 172 pounds.

    I dont know what they did with the fish afterwards, the way they were taking care of them I assume they were going to release them. They were taking really good care of most of them, I only saw 1 out of about 50 that was not probably going to make it.

    One group had atleast 7 flats that were 30+ pounds.

    Most of the fish we saw were between 30 and 50 pounds, with only 2-3 around 20#
     
  9. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    That was one of the guys on the Dirty Jobs Episode on Noodling.

    Nice pics of some great Flats!!!
     
  10. dust777man

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    Those are some nice fish. Thanks for the pics.
     
  11. Flatspontoons

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    Yep, those were some really nice flatheads....no doubt about that! :big_smile:

    However, I'm still not sure how I feel about noodlin'......I don't think it would "rub me the wrong way" so much if the fish weren't spawning with 1,000's of eggs needing protection by the parent fish.....

    How many flathead fry won't survive because dad (or mom) was yanked out of the den-hole by the noodler, driven 10 miles to weigh-in site, then dumped back into the river miles from the den-hole?

    I'm not that keen on juggin', limblines or trotlines for flatheads, either.....I realize I'm probably in the "minority" on that issue.....but big flatheads are such an excellent fighting sportfish, I hate to see them harvested by any means other than rod-and reel...... :embarassed:

    Richard
     
  12. poisonpits

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    i just wanna know where they turned them loose.
     
  13. Boomer

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    Did you enjoy any of the BBQ while there? I live in that small town, if you are ever up that way again drop me a line....
     
  14. CountryHart

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    Where did this take place at? I also have mixed emotions about taking fish off a nest regardless of what means.They always have the FLW bass tourney on Beaver lake when the fish are on the bed. I doubt she can swim 10 miles back to her nest before the bream have a feast.
     
  15. Blacky

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    He was also on the National Geographic Channel on one of thos Hooked Monster Fish episodes.

    He has a tatoo of a flathead with a human arm in it's mouth. It said BITE ME1
     
  16. Redneck1

    Redneck1 Guest

    Here's a question, how many flathead eggs won't hatch if the female is harvested on rod and reel on their way to the spawing hole? I really don't see the big deal. We kill deer during the rut I haven't heard anyone complain about that.
     
  17. Boomer

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    In Oklahoma, taking of non game by hand and and any other method is legal, Flatheads fall under the non game species, there is a size limit and creel limit.

    This is not a new fad in Oklahoma, my uncles and my Dad did it for years. Today we still have about the same number of flathead as we did back then. If everyone in Oklahoma noodled, then I would be worried about our Flathead population, this is not the case.
     
  18. rockfordflathunter

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    They do not release the fish they take good care of them for the wiegh in and after that they are table fare.
     
  19. Boomer

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    I am a rod and reel fisherman only now, I have set lines in my younger years, and did some noodling myself. That being said, I ask you this, how many fish can you eat in one year? The end result is the same. Either I catch 3 20 lbers or 1 60 lb fish, those 3 fish will probably produce the same amout of eggs as the 60 lber, and have a lot better survival chance than 1 fish. About 3 years ago, I caught probably close to 1000 lbs of catfish, I kept probably 200 lbs, gave away another 100 or so, and the rest I released. You can only eat so many fish.

    I have listened to both sides of the arguement on table fare vs CPR, granted I would like to see the bigger fish released so I might have a shot at it one of these days, but then again as long as people are following their state regulations and guide lines, they can harvest fish under any of the "Legal" methods.

    Most of the noodlers I know, only noodle, they rarely fish with rod and reel or set lines. They get skunked, then they dont eat fish.
     
  20. psychomekanik

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    That's probably because we kill deer during the rut. not when they give birth, or walking around pregnant.