My Biggest Flathead

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by lookinfurabiggun, Sep 13, 2005.

  1. lookinfurabiggun

    lookinfurabiggun New Member

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    I have attached pics of my Bigget Flathead I caught about 3 weeks ago and just now got the Pics back. I will post the story in another post tomorrow

    Zach
     

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  2. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    Man, that thing is massive. My biggest one is only 15#'s nice catch.
     

  3. Butchy

    Butchy New Member

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    What a monster! That looks like the fish I usually catch in its mouth. Can't wait to hear what it weighed. Congratulations.
     
  4. lookinfurabiggun

    lookinfurabiggun New Member

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    Hi brother catfishermen
    My name is Zach Butkauskas, Chuck is my daddy, I am posting a story on my biggest fish, and am thrilled to say it is bigger than my dads.LOL Hope you all enjoy the story, and hope I get to read big fish stories from everyone on the site. (p.s. Dont give my dad to much hell over this, just a little.lol) :D

    I had only been in Tennessee for a month or so and was going out fishing with my father-in-law, and wife every week. We were fishing off of a bridge in a canal coming from Chisholm Lake. We fished there every weekend, and somtimes on weekdays every time we got the chance. My father-in-law has fished out there since he has lived in Tennessee. I hated it mostly because it is filled with Gar, but also because I hate fishing off of bridges. One night we were out on the bridge and a guy drove up and told us about this spot he had been going to on the Mississippi River where he had been catching several 10-25 pounders and a few that completely stripped his drag. I was kind of scepticle at first, but decided to go check it out. The following Saturday we went out and caught shad off of the bridge and headed to the river. We fished from 4 in the evening until about 8. (my father-in-law is not big on night fishing and I love it so there is always an argument) LOL. We ended up catching 2 or 3 small blues, which was good compared to what we had been catching. So the next night I decided I was going out and staying after dark. We all agreed on that so Sunday we went and got shad, and went out again. About an hour into the evening I brought in the first channel cat. Then it went dead until between 9 or 10. We had been out there for 4 hours and if you know the river, you know the amout of equipment you go through. Well I had just baught a pack of circle hooks that day and I was out already, so I had a small baithook on the line. All of a sudden a bite!! I jumped out of my chair, grabbed the pole and set the hook. My drag started screaming, I reached down and tightened it in fear of loosing all of my line and finally started making some leighway. I fought him for about 30 min and finally got him to rol in front of me. My heart stopped when I seen the size of him. That is the biggest fish I have seen in my life I exclaimed! After another 10 min of hard work I got him on the bank. I was so excited I felt like crying but instead I jumped up and down, and screamed for probably longer than the fish took to reel in. LOL I didn't have a camera with me plus the fish was gut hooked, so I decided it would be best to put him on a stringer to see if he was going to live. I tied the stringer around a big boulder and put a heavy rock on it. I then fixed my pole up and threw it back out. I ended up catching a 14 lb blue and my father-in-law caught a 15 lb blue (his biggest). Then we decided to leave. I checked the fish on the stringer and he was bottom up. SO I dragged him up what seemed like a mile to the truck and put his head in a cooler full of water. We then went to pull up the other stringer with the two blues, but it was stuck! After a few very hard tugs it came out with only 1 fish on it. It was a wire stringer and the clamp with my blue had came undone. O well I said lets go. We went home and put both fish in a big tub of water and left the hose running all night, hoping the fish would come back to life and I could release him. No luck though. He died and we gave him to a big family to eat. THey ate him so at least he went to good use. Sorry the story was so long but I wanted to make it exciting. LOL I am fairly new to the site and looking forward to having many more of these posts on here so tell me if it was too long. :D
     
  5. three_rivers

    three_rivers New Member

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    Awesome flat Zach!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Sho nuff a bruiser. congrats on a great fish.
     
  6. HoosierPoleCat

    HoosierPoleCat New Member

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    very nice flattie bud !!!!! when we going, I got my poles ready
     
  7. nuthinlikeacat

    nuthinlikeacat New Member

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    Great lookin flattie. Just be sure to leave a few of them for me!
     
  8. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    How many pounds was the fish thats in his mouth.
     
  9. lookinfurabiggun

    lookinfurabiggun New Member

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    Thanks all the fish in its mouth was 2 lbs, I tried to take a pic with my head in its mouth, but it was just a little to big.lol
     
  10. Chuckb

    Chuckb New Member

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    Guys don't let him fool ya. Zach is only 4'3" and 70 lbs. Thats just an average flathead in the picture probably 20#s or so. :evil-big:
     
  11. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    Zach has your Daddy got one that big yet? Oh and please don't tell anyone else on here he is your dad..lmao

    Poor oh Poor Zach.

    Chuck I can't believe you said your own son was 4'3" and thats a regular size cat fish..
     
  12. Chuckb

    Chuckb New Member

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    Eric you know I had to give him a hard time after all the grief he gives me! I am proud of him that is one heck of a fish. All I can say is we taught him and Ryan everything they know. Now you and I have our work cut out for us because it is going to take one helluva fish to beat theirs. :p
     
  13. Whistler

    Whistler Well-Known Member

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    Chuck, just ask Eric to send the fish truck up your way!! LOL He stole it when he was here last weekend. Hopefully it will find it's way back down here pretty soon. LOL
     
  14. slimcat

    slimcat New Member

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    Zach, congrats on the monster flathead. that is a true trophy. But I never could find out how much it weighed?
     
  15. Abu

    Abu New Member

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    Congrats on the huge flat Zach. How much did it weigh? I think you can change your name to Foundabiggun or Lookinfuranotherbiggun. :)
    Abu
     
  16. akwolf41

    akwolf41 Master Instigator of the BOC!

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    Guys;

    I think Zach is still excited over that big Flat. If I remember right when he called me and was telling me about it, It weighed 60 or 62 pounds. I just wish That I could catch one that Big. We all know Chuck and DH wish that also in a REAL BIG WAY. LOL Zach. You and Ryan are sure whippin up on your Dads. Thats OK as they really need something to shoot at.

    Congrats Zach again;

    Gene
     
  17. lookinfurabiggun

    lookinfurabiggun New Member

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    Thanks everyone, I am sure you all will catch one that big, but until then us kids have to rub it in our old mans face. LOL I am just happy I was fortunate enough to land that one. I could go the rest of my life without catchin another one that big. My next goal is a monster blue
     
  18. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    I was just talking to your Dad sitting on a lake by himself your mother called and made him miss a fish..lmao

    Zach, just so you know there is no monster blues anywhere around you !! Just wanted to make sure you knew and understood that before we go any further with this type of fishing talk.

    You and another boy sitting near me right now need to go paly basketball or something like that.

    LMAO :p
     
  19. HoosierPoleCat

    HoosierPoleCat New Member

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    Zach,

    Awesome fish bud. How much did that ole boy weigh?;)
     
  20. LilRyjoe04

    LilRyjoe04 New Member

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    Keep it up Zach!! That is a whopper!! Where are you from? I'm up in Indy, I caught a twenty five pounder a couple of weekends ago, but that's a monster! Congrats ;)