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Discussion in 'MISSOURI RIVERS TALK' started by JHH, Aug 7, 2020.
How did you get that bruiser out of the river and onto the bank?
I used a pair of those plastic grippers by Team Catfish and was praying the whole time for that fish not to roll lol. The fish never flopped again after being landed due to exhaustion.
Good job! And, at least the grips worked. You would not have netted that beast from shore. I used to have a long handled gaff with a huge treble hook that worked really well for landing fish on shore. Since I release most of the fish I catch nowadays I don’t want to use it any longer.
Somebody needs to come up with long handled lip grippers so that old codgers like me can use them without having to get on our knees.
What is flapper cut?
That getting up and down is the hardest part. Since the bank in rocky and sloping towards the river, one wrong move will get you wet.
Fillet bait from tail to head, stopping at the head, do the same on other side, then remove the spine from the middle. You are left with the head with two flaps of meat attached.
Awesome catch...sometimes you do what you can and they just don’t make it. That’s a day to remember for sure! Congratulations.
My go to way to cut shad, carp, bream....those blues and flatheads will tear them up!
That is impressive, makes it even more special that it was from the bank. If you dont mind could you tell us about the gear you were using to land that pig?
Abu 7000 c3 on a MH Big Cat Fever loaded with 65 lb Suffix braid and 25 foot Trilene Big game 50lb leader.
What size carp did it hit?
I figured you had good gear, but it would have been a better story if you had said a zebco 33 on a rhino rod with three year old 8 lb. test, lol
That Asian was about 10 inches. Once flapper cut, it would leave you with a bait about 7 inches long.
That would have been a "story". lol
What a magnificent fish. Congrats. I am going to see if I can find a video on flapper cut bait, having a little trouble visualizing it.
That is a great looking blue. Congratulations on a fine trophy.
I’m not sure if you’ve found more on the “flapper” cut yet but you basically filet your bait backward, so the side fillets are still attached to the head. This makes your bait “flap” in the current. Hope this helps!
I've always known the flapper cut as the Santee Cooper cut. The way I was shown was to cut a reverse fillet on one side only, and leave the fillet attached to the fish by it's head. Then cut the tail off. Then break the vertebrae so that you can fold the back half toward the fish's head. You put the hook through the tail section first then through the fish's eyes. Leaves a good amount of hook exposed. I was using a shad cut like this when I caught my avatar PB. Great way to present a bait when bumping/walking.
I’d love to get my hands on some 10 to 12” inch Asian carp....everyone I’ve got from the MS has been from 15lbs to 50lbs! Makes a lot of cut bait though!
Steven, every little ditch or creek that runs into the Mo. river is full of them. I only use my 4 foot throw net as not to have a five gallon bucket full with one throw.