Ohio River Flatheads

Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by DeerHunter01, Oct 2, 2005.

  1. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    Today, my son and I went fishing out on the Ohio River here close to home, we left home about 1:00Pm and got launched and was ready to fish in a good spot I located a few weeks back, seems like during a few of the storms here its knocked in about 10-12 trees along the bank and there now out about 30 Yards from shore in 32-42 foot of water.

    As I came around the down stream side of them I started up stream right in line with them as I got to the trees I started to the left of them about 20 feet, but was showing the structure of the trees. Then all of a sudden several fish came on the fish finder and all of them were laying right on the bottom just like some big ole Flatheads use to do up around the Ohio River near East Liverpool Ohio. so we pulled up about twenty yards above them and dropped the anchor real easy. Once it locked in we were just about right over them or close to them. When I do find fish on the fish finder I shut it off right away , cause I can hear it pinging sitting in the seat fishing, If I can hear it I am sure the fish feel it. Anyway I baited up with Cut Shad on both poles.

    I dropped them both off the back of the boat till they hit bottom. then I just snugged them up some. as I was putting stuff off to the side it was not 5 Minutes and I looked up at my one pole that had the Abu 7000 on a Gator custom rod (lol) and the tip bent down real slow, and it kept going and then line started to pull out real slow and then it kept picking up speed, so I got the rod in my hand and it was going pretty good at this point so I clicked the reel down, and the fish hammered the pole when it got tight and he started towards the trees, and I hammered him, with a 10/0 Kahle hook and the fight was on then, he was pulling drag out of that reel with it all the way tightened down. I managed to keep him out of them as Ryan was reeling in my other pole to get it out of the way.

    The fish did several deep dives and hard ones too, after about 15 Minute fight I got him to the top of the water and we got him in the boat, I just sat there in amazement on how big these fish get. This flathead had to be the lightest color flathead I have ever caught. so after a couple of high fives with my son we got it weighed and it came right in at 48.11 Pounds, My personal best. which this makes my third time this year beating my personal best. after photos was taken I released him and he swam away nice and slow. there is nothing like getting a big fish and having your son there to share it with. I will post a few photos of the structure and the graph what it read and the fish.

    All as I can say keep with it , someday it will happen. :D
     

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  2. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    Here is a couple of more photos of the fish graph around them trees.
     

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  3. Dreadnaught

    Dreadnaught New Member

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    Way to go DH!!! It's about time you caught a big fish,LOL!!!
    Was Ryan asleep again,LMAO!!!
     
  4. Cyclops01

    Cyclops01 New Member

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    DH,

    That's one fine cat and you did a great job. :worship:


    ike
     
  5. stoney

    stoney New Member

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    good job brother,just wish i was their to watch you pullm that hog in..i'll be their on the next one buddy... :thumbsup: :thumbsup: :thumbsup:
     
  6. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    Nice Hog there Big Brother. I thought you were heading to Florida?
     
  7. Baitkiller

    Baitkiller New Member

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    DH

    Very nice Yellow. I wish I had your fish and spots up here and on Shad too!

    <><Baitkiller><>
     
  8. Gator

    Gator New Member

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    Very nice flat there DH my personal best was 48 lbs 08 oz man I know you had some fun there. That is one sweet fish. Way to go brother way to go.
     
  9. elphaba7

    elphaba7 New Member

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    Sweet fish, Dad! :worship:
     
  10. capt.kirk

    capt.kirk Guest

    REALLY NICE FLAT
    looks like they were stacked up like the drive thru at Mc Donalds.
    KIRK :thumbsup:
     
  11. Catwagon

    Catwagon New Member

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    Darn nice flat! And thanks for the tip on the sonar ping. I always leave mine on but it never occurred to me even once that they might be able to hear it too.

    That may also explain why I've never boated a nice flat like yours. (I need an icon for "I'm a dummy for not thinking") :D
     
  12. slimcat

    slimcat New Member

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    Congrats on the awesome flattie DH. I have fished that area and told my parnter that there should be some big flats in that area. Good job. THe flats really are turning on.
     
  13. slimcat

    slimcat New Member

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    Dh, how warm was the water yesterday in that section?
     
  14. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    Thanks everyone, shawn I am heading to Florida tomorrow morning, at daybreak.

    J.W. no he was awake, he didn't fall asleep .

    Catwagon, I really do think they feel that, on my fishfinder it is 4000 watts and 480X480.

    Slimcat, as you can see on the depth finder it was running between 77.0 and 77.5 on surface temp. All them screen shots of the fish finder was that area right around them trees, After I had caught that fish, I got several photos of the fish finder around there.
     
  15. slimcat

    slimcat New Member

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    Thanks DH, I didn't even notice the temp on the depthfinder , to busy looking at the nice flathead. I think yesterday was a great day to fish for several guys on here.
     
  16. quadman

    quadman New Member

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    Like I told you on the phone yesterday, way to go my friend! I just wish I could have been there to see it. Now you know you ain't supposed to tell everybody about the pinging sonar! You keep that up then everybody will be catching hawgs! :p No seriously, catfish are swimming radars basicly and they can detect the sonar for sure. Another fish that is very sensitive to it is shad and they will disperse from it. If the bait leaves the hawgs will follow! I'm glad to see you two having so much fun, hopefully I can drag my butt over there soon and bug the crap out of all of ya!
     
  17. azcatman

    azcatman New Member

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    That is one nice fish you got there DH. Also liked the pic's of your graph. Got a question for you though. I just put a X135 on my boat and have not had it out yet and was wondering how you like it. From the pic's it looks like it is going to work out just fine. I had a x71 on and just didn't like the definiton of it. Not enough pixels. Once again brother very nice cat!!!!!
     
  18. beespringer

    beespringer New Member

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    congrats,thats a really nice fish!!
     
  19. abilene

    abilene New Member

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    Great post DH, congratulations again!
     
  20. DeerHunter01

    DeerHunter01 New Member

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    AzCatman:

    Well the New X135 is a very good unit, has the watts high enough and got the pixels to work for ya. This unit I feel is top of the line for what I need it for. I don't lose track of the bottom of the river anymore when running high speed and plus it shows fish at more of a higher speed then the other one, Plus it has zoom, which I use all the time. Normal fish Finder like the X71 and others under the 4000 watt and under the 480X480 does not zoom for you. there was alot of times on my older unit I thought it looked like a fish on the bottom and just to find out with this newer one its a stump or a snag. Plus if you find a stump or a brush pile you can zoom it in and see the fish laying in it. Plus the night time screen helps alot.

    I would not trade it in for nothing now. Just look at graph # 7 this is zoomed up 2 X's this unit will go to 4X but this gives you a better look at trees with fish around it, attached below.
     

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