What is your Definition of a Trophy Catfish?

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Pip, Nov 15, 2009.

  1. Pip

    Pip New Member

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    Have been thinking about this for a while. To some a trophy might be a 10# channel or a 20# flathead or Blue. Some might even think a trophy is anything they can catch. For the catfishermen who has that body of water close by and catches catfish in the 30 to 70# range regularly. Anything under a 20# blue or Flathead might be considered an average fish or a bad day. But to somebody that might not catch those size cats, a 20# Flathead or Blue might just be considered a once in a lifetime catch.

    I'm curious as to what a lot of others think a ""Trophy" might be, or their requirements might be. Thought about doing a poll, but then I'm not really sure how to go about it or even the proper choices. Could be an interesting topic of discussion.
     
  2. BIG GEORGE

    BIG GEORGE New Member

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    Ain't lookin for a trophy. If it comes cool. I just luv to fish period.
     

  3. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    Heck the way i have been doing lately, an catfish would be a trophy to me :wink: :smile2:
     
  4. Eich

    Eich New Member

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    To me the "trophy" lies in the way the angler caught the fish. For example a 5 pound catfish caught on UL equipment with 4 pound test line may be more "trophy" worthy than a 10 pound catfish caught on heavy equipment with 50 pound power pro. The satisfaction and gradification of doing your best on a specific type of equipment is what makes a "trophy" in my book. JMHO :wink:

    Ray
     
  5. softball434

    softball434 New Member

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    A trophy to me is a huge blue or flathead catfish.
     
  6. shadguts

    shadguts New Member

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    Not sure about this one. I am fortunate enough to live in west Tennessee and have such great fisheries here. I mostly fish on the Tennessee and Mississippi rivers. My average fish last year on the Tennessee weighed 7lbs and I would consider any 30+lb blue a trophy on the impoundment that I fish. My average fish on the Mississippi last year was 31lbs. I would say that a real trophy there would be a 50+. It is not uncommon to hear of people catching 30+lb blues there and you hear of people catching 40+lbers quite often. It doesn't matter where I'm at a 30+ will definatly get his picture taken. This is only my opinion of the water that I fish and everywhere is different. I've had a few people in the boat that have caught a 20lber+ and were as happy as can be and caught their "trophy". A trophy to me would be a fish that weighed enough that it would not be easily beat by a larger weight on that body of water. I am positive that both areas that I fish could easily put out a world record at anytime. Good thread makes me think.
     
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  7. USCA-RECLAIMED-ACCOUNT

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    Here in our western Pa. rivers,I consider any flat over 10# a decent fish,10# to 20#,s a good fish,20# to 35# a big fish,and everything over 35# a trophy.:wink:.
     
  8. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Wesley.
     
  9. Catfish_Scooter

    Catfish_Scooter New Member

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    Well seeing as i've only caught a couple 5 lbers in my entire life Id go for a cat 10+ and be happy!:eek:oooh:
     
  10. fmb

    fmb New Member

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    well for me it goes a few different ways...when I lived in knoxvill tn a trophy fish was a blue or flat over 40lbs....which were very common....but I live in nebraska now and a trophy fish would be anything over 20 pounds....there are big fish in some of our rivers but not as common as tennessee
     
  11. BIG_D

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    to me a trophy on a blue would be 30lb or more i am shooting for 30 in 2010 work my way up lol
     
  12. Motopro00

    Motopro00 New Member

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    for me its 25 or bigger.
     
  13. Kevin G

    Kevin G New Member

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    right now for me I want a 30. I'd consider any fish that fought it's weight a trophy. That includes trying to get into snags and posing a challenge.
     
  14. lendog

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    i think it really depends on where ya live, some places a 25# is pretty common and in others its a once in a life time fish, so i would say a trophy would be anything that is beyond the norm
     
  15. ramon06

    ramon06 Well-Known Member

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    I agree with the gentleman who all said it depends on where you are fishing. Prior to fishing the James a 20LB Cat was a fish of a lifetime to me and never really even considered it possible so I never thought about catching one. Here at the James to me 40lbs is a trophy, i've caught a few, but 70-80 is my goal as a trophy. Although I have had 2 dreams (silly ones too) of setting the Va record (117) and the world record (140+) :smile2:
     
  16. carolinakid76

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  17. Pip

    Pip New Member

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    I've been fortunate enough to have taken a lot of people out over the years and one thing seems to be a constant telltale of what is considered a trophy and it never gets old seeing that look. Not really sure that there is a defined definition of what a trophy really is. But what ever it is, It keeps people going back to the waters time after time in search of that moment
     
  18. gardengrz

    gardengrz New Member

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    my trophy is on a bun with tartar sauce :big_smile::cool2:
     
  19. readingcatfisher

    readingcatfisher New Member

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    I guess this year I've caught fish that people would consider trophies,I considered them motivation to head back out after bigger fish maybe break 30# next year
     
  20. Dirtdobber

    Dirtdobber Guest Staff Member

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    I read this yesterday and have been thinking about it. I think I would have to say it would depend on the body of water I was fishing. A small pond with nothing but bullheads then a 3 lber would be a trophy, a small creek a 10 lber. In a large river or lake any thing over 30 lbs would be a trophy to me. On other fish it would be one of a size that you do not catch very often.