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Upon request....the one that got away.

Discussion in 'Ohio Catfish Anglers' started by mrfish/OH, Dec 26, 2002.

  1. Jack asked that I'd repost this story here, so here you go.....
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    Bad omen. Talked to Dave by phone last night. We decided to hit the river relatively early. The bad omen was I broke my paddleholder preping the boat to meet Dave in Lawrenceburg, I just got a bad feeling when that happened. No big problems getting there, launched at a rough ramp, 4WD is certainly recommended. We went right to a spot, talked to some guys who were using walleye stuff (bottom bouncers & nightcrawlers), they had caught some nice cats they told us. We anchor down on the snaghole from H.E double EL. Dave got sore fingers from re-tieing. I suggested we move about 20' from where we were. We did. I got one rod out, as I was setting up the second. ZZZZzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz................I grab it, engage the spool, and hang on. This is a big fish, and I mean BIG and STRONG !! I've got my drag set firm, but not tight. This fish hit an 8" live skipjack, I thumb the spool slightly trying to turn him & slow him down. Nada.....looks like it might spool my new 7000C4 reel of the 25# line. This is not dream either ;) Finally it slows down, I start moving him back, he's out well over 100 yards now in some strong current. After about 5-10 minutes, my other rod goes down, I ask Dave to reel it in. After 15-20 minutes, I ask Dave to take my picture. I could gain about 10-15' occasionally, but then it would take it back & more. After 1/2 hour, my back is acheing, my left arm is cramping, the rod is still bent hard, I tell Dave maybe we should pull anchor & follow it. He thinks I'm kidding (next time we will) Anyway, I'm defenseless against the current with this huge fish, I just crank the handle 1/2 turn at a time winching him in when the hook pulls out. No kidding, it must've been a 40# class or more fish. Most likely a bluecat, as we caught alot of them & no flats. Also it made a screaming hit, and even after the drag was on, still ran like a freight train !
    I did manage to catch a 22# blue that day, felt like nothing after that big one.

    I made up for it by catching a 62# fish about 2 weeks later. I can't really complain too much, I had landed a 31-4 & 31-8 flatheads in the 8 days prior & then 3 or 4 fish over 30# the following week too !! Of course SEVERAL fish 20-25# blues & flatheads all the time from Sept. on.
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    May have been this one's Daddy or his baby brother, I'll never know, I don't worry about it either. This fish took away the pain !!
     
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  2. Thanks for reposting Jim, maybe you can hook that gig dude in 2003...I would be much satisfied with the 62-lb you caught..Bigger than many guides have landed.
     
  3. Jack

    I noticed that too, but I wasn't going to say anything. I checked on some sites at Santee Cooper and alot to the guides' best fish this year were under 50#, low 40's to be more accurate. Just goes to show that preparation & hard work, learning the habits, time on the water and "luck" can pay off. They are also catching 20 fish a day over 15-20# at Santee Cooper right now. We might make a run there. They say anyone can catch nice cats there.....so I know I'd have a shot too !
    It puts some stress on me to try to top it. I know a guy who's been chasing a bigger fish than the 75# flathead he caught over 15 years ago in KS. He's got some 50's since then, and is after that elusive 100# fish !! Sort of sounds like me. I have no doubt we'll hit several 40#-50# blues and 30#-40# flats. That 100# fish is going to be the tough one. Actually, I'll call it now....I'll break the 50# mark on a bluecat this year too, mark my words !;)
    Alot of guys never catch a fish over 60# so I'm real glad I was lucky enough to do so. If it happens again, great, I'm certainly ready for them, if I don't , it's not a problem, I still have a great time busting the 20# & 30# fish.
    That fish that got away.....never know, it was probably a 40-50# fish that got in that current , I think now had it been like the one I landed, it would've spooled me. The current was cooking where we anchored that day.:)
     
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