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Freshwater adventures of the PREDATOR kind!
« on: May 13, 2012, 11:37:27 PM »
Here's a better look at the flathead we caught last week that had taken down a channel cat.  The flathead weight in at 66 pounds....with the channel cat still in its mouth.  The channel cat probably weighed about 2-2 1/2 pounds.

(Keep in mind, I am not your averaged sized bear either.  I am currently 6'7", 330).

Vince

Here's the fish as we caught it, with the channel sticking out of its mouth.



This is a male flathead by all indications (preg check).  All the belly is fat deposit, getting ready for his watch over a nest.



Here's a look down its mouth.  The channel's tail has been chewed away by me trying to use needle nose to remove the channel from the flat.

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I decided the only tool I had strong enough to remove the channel with my gaff.  I never use the gaff for anything but picking up the lines in the lake.  This was the first time I had ever used it for anything else, so it was SUPER sharp.



I had to reposition the gaff once, and then everything gave way.  The channel cat had the hook it is mouth, and the flathead had the hook stuck to its stomach.  I pulled part of the stomach inside out to free the hook from the flathead. 

Notice how the stomach acids had began their work on the channel. 



Here's a picture of the channel cat, no long arming.



You can't see the hook in the channel's mouth really great, but you can see the dropper line, eye, and part of the shank.  If we would have been using less than an 18 inch dropper line, the flathead would have never been able to wolf the channel down so far. 

And, you can bet there was some major teeth rubbing on the dropper line too, and it held up.....235 pound test.



Here's what the teeth look like that your dropper line is up against!



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Re: Freshwater adventures of the PREDATOR kind!
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2013, 01:47:30 AM »
I can't wait for another chance at a fish like this!  Less than two months til go time!

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Re: Freshwater adventures of the PREDATOR kind!
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2013, 06:31:01 AM »
Purdy darn cool!! Thanks for sharing!!  :2up: :2up:
RIP Russ,Blaine,& Darrell!!

Glen

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