New personal best - Cape Fear River

Discussion in 'NORTH CAROLINA RIVERS TALK' started by bigblaze, Oct 3, 2007.

  1. bigblaze

    bigblaze New Member

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    headed out to the river sat. to try for some flatheads. We just had a cold front pass through the area on friday and were about 3 days past the full moon....and i was not sure how we would do....

    after the first hour on the water it was evident bait would be an issue...we struggled to catch bait...the clear water and cooler night temps have the bream moving to deeper water.....

    soupman did land a beaut...this bream went a couple pounds and we decided since it had lived this long we would let it continue to live..plus we hoped he would continue to replenish our bait supply....

    about 2 hours after sunset and no flatheads landed we realized it would be a slow night....

    as the night progressed we caught a couple small ones with some bowfins and channels mixed in for variety...

    at midnight we pulled up to one of our good spots...I was discouraged because the moon was shining down right onto the water....it was bright I didn' t need no glow tips to see the end of my rod....

    About 20 minutes went by and i heard something smack my front right rod...but no pull down...i waited for about 2-3 minutes and then it happened...it started real slow just a slight bend in the rod...and then he just took off...and boy was he strong....he ran up river peeling 65lb. suffix braided line from my Shakespear reel and the rod was creaking...

    I started to gain some line on it but then it took off down river...again just smoking my drag....every time i thought i was going to land him he had other ideas...

    As i got him closer to the boat he made one more run this time he went all the way around the back side of the boat under all soupman's rods and up the left side under the rest of my rods only to be where i originally hooked it...thankfully soupman was able to reel in the baits or that would have made a terrible mess...

    finally 25 minutes after it started it was over...with the help of soupman we landed my new personal best of 38lbs...

    all fish were cpr'ed...

    we continued catching a few here and there...about 3 am soupman landed a 15 pounder....that tangled three of our lines...

    our bait was getting low and it was getting pretty cold..so we decided to call it a night....besides we both wanted to get home before our wives woke up....:wink:
     

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  2. catrod

    catrod New Member

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    Congrats on your new P.B. I wish I could get a flat like that!!!
     

  3. Big Cat Hunter

    Big Cat Hunter Member

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    Congrats on your new PB John.:big_smile:
     
  4. PhillyCatcatcher4

    PhillyCatcatcher4 New Member

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    John congrats on your new PB. That was a sweet looking flathead.:big_smile_2:
     
  5. Live Baiter

    Live Baiter New Member

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    Nice fish john. Congrats
     
  6. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Thanx for sharein the pics and story. Happy for ya!
     
  7. bufryda1

    bufryda1 New Member

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    sure is a nice flathead. congrats on pb. what river did you catch him in?
     
  8. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    Good job on the new PB, I am trying to break 50lbs myself for flats, seems like it will never happen. Haven't been catfishing in a while now since my fishing buddy went to iraq.
     
  9. jason berry

    jason berry New Member

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    Nice fish and CPR thats what its all about.
     
  10. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on the nice flattie!
     
  11. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    John congrats on the new PB. Great fish.I liked the CPR. Thanks for sharing.
     
  12. bigblaze

    bigblaze New Member

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    Thanks...lower neuse...
     
  13. bigblaze

    bigblaze New Member

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    Why did somebody change the title of my thread????

    I never put the cape fear river at the end of "pb"....

    Somebody else did that....

    The fish was caught in the lower neuse
     
  14. rivercatsc

    rivercatsc New Member

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    Congrats on the PB and glad too see you CPRed him just think you might catch that same fish next year for a new Pb of 45lbs. That would be cool.
     
  15. stlcatman

    stlcatman New Member

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    Congrats on a great fish, thanks for the CPR!
     
  16. bronco67

    bronco67 New Member

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    or next weekend haha :wink:? congrats bro
     
  17. hungupagain

    hungupagain New Member

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    how do i catch these big cats like you guys,the small channels are all i catch.
     
  18. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Congrats and thanks for sharing. Good post
     
  19. martomhan

    martomhan New Member

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    Thanks for sharing, and I add my congrats.:big_smile:
     
  20. crankbait77

    crankbait77 New Member

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    Congratulations on the new PB. Good luck finding a new one! Maybe you can get Jay back on the water if you catch one over 50.