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The big boys are BITING!!!!
« on: May 10, 2012, 11:20:38 PM »
 :eek:  AHHHHH!!!!!!!  THE FREAKING ULTIMATE FRESHWATER PREDATOR FISH!!!!!

YES, I kept the channel in its mouth for the final weight of 66 pounds!!!!!

THIS is why you use an 18" dropper on your line!  The channel cat tried to take my big flathead green sunfish bait, and this MONSTER flathead was NOT happy about it!!!!!  He took the channel head-first!  The channel was hooked in the side of the mouth on my big ol' 8/0 hook, and then it had the flathead hooked in the ACTUAL ORGAN stomach.

I had to GAFF The channel to get it out of the flathead!  And no......I did NOT bring the channel home to eat.  It was a 26" channel cat. 

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My buddy......the normal sized person holding it up, and then me with a side shot.  This was a male.  That fat belly is actual fat deposits in preparation for getting a nest ready for a female in June. 




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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #1 on: May 10, 2012, 11:22:30 PM »
Caught a couple more today too!

42 and 49.  Talk about a BEAUTIFUL yella cat!!!!

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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #2 on: May 10, 2012, 11:24:37 PM »
I've also got to add, the 49 and 66.......both males......came out of spot the size of a small living room one night from each other.

In that liviing room sized spot in the last 3 years, we have taken.....in 11 nights of fishing........ 44, 46, 47, 48, 51, 70, 66, 49. That's 8 fish for 421 POUNDS!

I'd say our odds are, we'll catch another one there tonight!!!!

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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #3 on: May 10, 2012, 11:40:34 PM »


Awesome! :punk: :punk: :punk:


Can't wait for more pics!!!!!!



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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2012, 12:01:10 AM »
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Top of the food chain!  I don't think there's anything they won't TRY to eat. 
That yellow is awesome looking.  I've caught 1 that yellow in my lifetime.  He was only about 12 pounds but it surprised the crap out of me.  My buddy kept asking what I had on (bass fishing, not expecting a cat)  I had NO idea until I had it in hand.
Any idea what makes them that yellow?  Genetics? Environment? 

You are killing me with these pics!  I NEED to go fishing...but first I need to turn on that GPS locator I hid in your boat.
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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2012, 12:48:11 AM »

Any idea what makes them that yellow?  Genetics? Environment? 


Yep, its a genetic color variation.  We have not seen over the years we have been doing it, that color matters one bit in size.

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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2012, 01:07:59 AM »
great pictures.

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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2012, 01:29:40 AM »
Holy cow!!!   :eek: Those are monsters!  Sounds like you found yourself a great fishin' hole!  I have never seen a yellow catfish until I read this post.  Amazing!  Keep up the good work  :beer:
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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #8 on: May 11, 2012, 01:38:46 AM »
Those are all terrific vince. you are makin me so envious i can't stand it.
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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #9 on: May 11, 2012, 09:29:28 AM »
HOLY  :censored: VINCE! I'd have to hit the gym before i even think of trying to wrestle one of those bad boys!  :gitrdone:

Jon, I've got the boat gassed up and ready to go when you get the coordinates for us  :devil2:
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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #10 on: May 11, 2012, 12:05:19 PM »
 :devil2:  It would be funny, "Hey Vince, fancy seeing you out here!" :devil2:
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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #11 on: May 11, 2012, 05:25:08 PM »
Had another fish in 'the hole' this morning.  39 pounder.

Caught a 39 and a 26 today.  We're pulled out for a couple break days now. 

Here's the 39 from today

Vince

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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #12 on: May 11, 2012, 10:52:42 PM »
So what are you doing with all these cats you catch?

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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2012, 12:04:38 AM »
Yeah!  Whens the THO fish fry!?
I was going to ask the same, my friend keeps a tank for flats.  Has it aerated with a pool pump.  Changes half the water every two days.  After two weeks in a tank filled with fresh cool well water they taste awesome.  Nothing like a catfish steak! 
Any prep secrets?
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Re: The big boys are BITING!!!!
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2012, 01:08:16 AM »
So what are you doing with all these cats you catch?

Everyone that goes with me gets their share of meat.  So, this week's bounty has been split 5 ways.  We all end up going to each other's fish fry's anyways.  :D 

Little ones (20 pounds or less) go back in the drink to grow up and fight another day automatically.   

I try my best to only keep males.  Not cute, but it is easy to check.  :D 

We keep a lot of big channel cats too, but I'm just not into taking pictures of them. 

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