Michigan flathead catfish record?

Discussion in 'LOCAL MICHIGAN TALK' started by kat buster, Jun 29, 2006.

  1. kat buster

    kat buster New Member

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    Does any body know what the Michigan Flathead record is. My dad's friend caught a 40 pounder a couple of days ago.:eek:oooh:
     
  2. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Elmer Rayner 47 lb. 8 oz. 44 1943 Maple River Ionia

    Here ya go hoss.
     

  3. bwanatony

    bwanatony New Member

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    Nice catch!
    40's aren't very common, was it from the Grand, or the St. Joe?
    Tony
     
  4. jspiel

    jspiel New Member

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    and just as important as where did he catch it.........DID HE RELEASE IT?????
     
  5. bwanatony

    bwanatony New Member

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    Yeah, really! That fish must be near 25 years old. If he released it, maybe it WOULD be a new record in 4 or 5 years! If not, its just dead meat.
     
  6. bwanatony

    bwanatony New Member

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    This post got me thinking, so I did a little research.
    According to Fishing for Catfish by Keith Sutton,
    in the "North" part of their range, here's how the ages, weights, and lengths stack up:

    Age / Weight # / Length "
    15 / 30 / 40
    13 / 22 / 37
    11 / 20 / 35
    9 / 8-9 / 28

    This matches up real well with the cats I've caught since I bought a quality scale. My records show a 42"/32#, and a 37"/21# among others.
    SO...
    the next state record flat should be about 48" long, and be better than 22 years old, and a 40 pounder would be about 45-46" long and be 18 or 19 years old.
    Who wants to go to Kentucky & fish with me next spring?
     
  7. bwanatony

    bwanatony New Member

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    SO...
    the next state record flat should be about 48" long, and be better than 22 years old, and a 40 pounder would be about 45-46" long and be 18 or 19 years old.


    New SD record is 63 1/2# & 47". I guess they start getting wider once they get that long...
     
  8. kat buster

    kat buster New Member

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    he caught it out of the St. Joe using fresh blue gill I think he might have let him go but I am not sure:lol: