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Old 06-01-2016, 08:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Finally got out again over the weekend, Saturday night. Only had a few good hits, one blasted and disfigured a sunfish. I also managed to boat one nice flathead on a bullhead catfish bait. About 31", very stout.
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Old 06-01-2016, 10:07 AM   #2 (permalink)
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. I would definitely say that a 31" is an awesome start for the year!!! What type of structure did you get the beast from?
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Very nice ,

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Was maybe 3-4 FOW, wood cover. Near deeper water though. Water temp 74 degrees.
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Nice cat Shawn. Me and the wife both got skunked here on Monday.
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Sweet Cat. Gills/sunfish are awesome bait.
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Old 06-11-2016, 03:28 AM   #7 (permalink)
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Nice Flatcat shawn. I believe that's a Green Sunfish in the pic, and yes, they are an excellent Mudcat bait. Very hardy/very lively. And hopefully the octupus/circle hook means you're a CPR (catch/photograph/release) fisherman.
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I guess you're gonna be in trouble if you kept it.
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I'm 100% CPR on all flathead catfish. Actually I wouldn't eat any cats on the Fox anyways. Now, if I'm camping on the Mississippi and get a small channel cat, 50-50 chance it becomes dinner.

Actually, I use the regular octopus hooks not the circle ones. Although I often fish them like a circle hook, where I'll leave the rod in the holder and just burn the reel until the fish is solid. Depends on the pick-up and where the bait was. If it's really tight to heavy cover, I think the traditional sweep set helps steer the fish away from getting snagged up.
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