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    Default Channel Catfish

    It rained frequently yesterday. Sometimes it rained hard, sometimes just a drizzle. I had caught 2 smallish channel catfish yesterday during my lunch hour, along with a crappie and green sunfish.


    The rain and inflow must have really turned the catfish on. I fished a different pond last night, fishing for crappies and bluegills. I also caught a hybrid sunfish and largemouth bass. Big fish of the evening was another Channel Catfish. This one measured 28.5" long, estimated weight of 11.2 pounds.


    David Merical
    Ankeny, Iowa

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    Wow he is a beast! Your a brave man to thumb him.

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    I'm careful not to get my thumb clamped in between those strong jaws (done that many times!)...but the skin on my thumb is now absolutely SHREDDED from his tooth pads!
    When I lifted him out of the water, I used 2 hands, and grabbed him by his pectoral fins.
    David Merical
    Ankeny, Iowa

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    Nice fish. I really enjoy catching catfish on a fly rod. A buddy and I got out yesterday for about 5 hrs. I caught 7 but nowhere the size of yours . The bigger ones averages 4 to 5 lbs and 3 where some of the smallest i have ever caught. Certainly not fast fishing but it was better than I have been doing in some of the park ponds.

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    Yeah John, it reminds me of one of my old girlfriends, too...


    Ed

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    I certainly did THINK of you, John! And so I asked him to smile for the picture!
    I hope I didn't catch you with a full stomach?
    All fish are beautiful...(is a lamprey a fish? I might have to amend that statement if they are...ha!)
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    David Merical
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    sweet channel cat! tell us more about what you were fishing. under an indicator it looks like? what fly? what rod? i am guessing a tfo? jealous. steady rains here in k.c. have hampered my fishing, but we sorely need the moisture, so i am not complaining. hope to get out next week when it warms up again. they are calling for snow showers this morning .

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    Quote Originally Posted by dpenrod View Post
    tell us more about what you were fishing. under an indicator it looks like? what fly? what rod? i am guessing a tfo?
    I was using a 1/80th oz Springbrook Wunderkind microjig, gold & grizzly color, @ 2' below the indicator. It is a TFO BVK 9' 6wt, Lamson Konic reel, Airflo 40+ line, 0x tapered leader, 13 lb mono tippet. It's overkill for panfish, but I got this rig for a few specific reasons/situations (grass carp, common carp, catfish, white bass, long distance casts into the wind for trout) and I have been fishing it lately to get the feel for the Airflo line. I REALLY like this whole setup...it casts extremely well.
    David Merical
    Ankeny, Iowa

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