My new personal best flathead catfish

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by shortbus, Jun 25, 2006.

  1. shortbus

    shortbus New Member

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    Here's a pic of my new 32lb personal best flathead. Caught in the wabash river on live bluegill. We also caught another 15lb flat about 2 hrs after this one. I must have cast right on it's head because no more than 5 min after the rod was in the holder the clicker was zingin!! I've caught several 10 to 15lb flats but man they are nothing compared to a big one. My med/heavy action rod and penn 320 handled it fine. Thanx for everyones help on here,I'd be lost without it.

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  2. laidbck111

    laidbck111 New Member

    very nice fish. keep up the good work
     

  3. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    Very nice fish there brother. I cropped it and will get it up for your Avatar. Congrats on your personal best.
     
  4. blackwaterkatz

    blackwaterkatz Active Member

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    Great catch, JW. I haven't been able to get above about 25#'s, still trying...
     
  5. moosman66

    moosman66 New Member

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    congrats on the nice fish
     
  6. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    Way to go. I love that bringhter Yellow Color.
     
  7. r_p_narramore

    r_p_narramore New Member

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  8. KWSMITH

    KWSMITH New Member

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    Outstanding fish
     
  9. kickin_wing

    kickin_wing New Member

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    Man what a great fish, thanks for sharing the picture. How big was the blue gill and how big and what kind of hook did you use. Congrats on the catch.
     
  10. BIGCAT DADDY 71

    BIGCAT DADDY 71 New Member

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    congrats shortbus, thats a nice flathead bro.
     
  11. bigcatwannabe

    bigcatwannabe New Member

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    great fish, keep on trying, there is probably an even better one in that same spot you caught that one
     
  12. shortbus

    shortbus New Member

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    Austin, the gill was about 4" long, I used a 7/0 gamakatsu octopus hook.
     
  13. nightwing

    nightwing New Member

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    great looking fish!
     
  14. Scott Daw

    Scott Daw New Member

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    Thats a great catfish! congratulations on breaking your personal best.
     
  15. iowacatter

    iowacatter New Member

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    Congrats on beating your pb. Nice fish!!:big_smile:
     
  16. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Yeah Bro! That's what Im talkin about! There's my latest inspiration right there! Thanks for sharing bro!
     
  17. Pennsylvaniacatchaser

    Pennsylvaniacatchaser Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on the new personal best! That's a real nice big 'un!
     
  18. shortbus

    shortbus New Member

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    Just bringing this post back up, I forgot something I wanted to say in the original post.
    I brought this fish home to show a few friends and get pics. I had him in my horse trough to keep him alive. When I told my friend I was turning it loose he bout came un-glued. I told him it's my fish I can do what I want with it and I feel that turning it loose would be the best. When I took him back to the river I was thinking, "man this is gonna be hard to do". I got him in the water and held his tail working him back and forth some to get him lively. Lot's of people around gawking and askin questions. A five year old boy came up and asked "why are you turning him loose?" I said, so you can catch him someday!! The fish started coming around good and pulled out of my hand, headed up stream in the shallow water (you should have seen all the poles casting out at this time!!LOL) Watching that fish swim away was prolly the most satisfying fishing moment ever for me. It wasn't hard at all and I have NO regrets. Really, turning him loose was just as fun as catching him.
     
  19. Netmanjack

    Netmanjack New Member

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    Are ya still shake'n ? lol:lol: :big_smile:
    Nice catch and release! brother