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Re: 2019 WV Catfish
« Reply #60 on: May 26, 2019, 04:57:48 PM »
Probably Golden Eye. This pic is from SE Alaska, we filled the boat with these guys . Big circle hooks,bait the size of golf balls, 3/8 inch mainline, and weather, oh the weather !

 
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Re: 2019 WV Catfish
« Reply #61 on: May 26, 2019, 06:24:33 PM »
Wow, that's deep, if I remember a fathom is 6 feet, so 1,500 feet, no wonder their eyes were bulging!

Nice catch!

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Re: 2019 WV Catfish
« Reply #62 on: May 26, 2019, 06:29:46 PM »
we used to catch flatheads in 5 feet of water in ks, just for the halibut!!!   :D :D :D
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Re: 2019 WV Catfish
« Reply #63 on: May 26, 2019, 06:46:21 PM »
In  Alaska generally from 50 -250 fathoms. In Southern California  from the surface for shark, and down to 500 + fathoms for Sablefish. Different gear of course. It takes a long time for a hydraulic hauler to crank out of 3000 feet.
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Re: 2019 WV Catfish
« Reply #64 on: June 04, 2019, 12:17:36 PM »
   I took Johhny, my old neighbor (The one with the ziplock bag) out yesterday and put out some lines. He said he wanted to see how it was done. I had enough bait caught by the granddaughters over the weekend to get started. After putting out lines we went and caught a few more then checked the lines right at and just after dark. I put about lines with most of lines out in the main lake and a few on the Bluestone River. Last night we had one 5 lb channel cat on one of the last hooks. I tied him out in the creek overnight. This morning I went out and checked them alone and had 5 channel and 2 blue cats on the Bluestone side which was about one fish for every 4 hooks or so. When I went back to the main lake I did not have a single fish and many lines still had baits on them so either I had some help running my lines or they just did not bite there for some reason. Total catch was about 43 lbs and biggest was about an 8.5 channel cat. Total yield was a little over 26 lbs of boneless fillets which, if I were planning a fish fry, would feed about 75 people.

 When I started cleaning fish I could hear an old turkey hen up at the upper side of the pasture raising sand. I guess she has a nest up there and something got too close to it. By the time I was nearly done I could hear her on the other side of the cross fence going Tuk, Tuk, Tuk. I think it is too early for her to have poults so I don't know who she was calling to.

 I'll go back and catch bait and bait up tonight then we will take up the lines tomorrow as we have some bad weather headed our way.


 Total catch 8 fish, 43 lbs -about 5.5 lb average.
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Re: 2019 WV Catfish
« Reply #65 on: June 04, 2019, 01:58:31 PM »
Wonderful, and I love the guard dog !
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Re: 2019 WV Catfish
« Reply #66 on: June 04, 2019, 09:40:53 PM »
Those seem to be the perfect eating size.
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Re: 2019 WV Catfish
« Reply #67 on: June 04, 2019, 10:59:30 PM »
   I baited up this evening and checked after dark to make sure all lines were baited with a fresh, live bait. Picked up 3 small cats that probably weigh 12-13 lbs total. One blue and two channels. They were all properly barked at by Sampson. A big old doe walked about 20' from us while we were catching bait. He watched but did not bark at her. I did not see a fawn with her. Mr. Johnny is supposed to go with me in the morning to take up lines so I hope he can watch some shaking limbs.
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« Reply #68 on: June 05, 2019, 12:54:37 PM »
   Okay, I got up and Mr. Johnny was already here waiting. We unloaded all the excess stuff we did not need such as poles, fly rods, bait buckets, catfish tote, etc since we were not going to be fishing for bait and could use the live well for our fish. We got to the lake about 6:40 or so and crossed the lake and started taking up lines. I'd untie them and Johnny would wind them for me. Pretty slow going as we only caught 2 in the main lake but they were nice fish. The first turned out to be a 33 lb flathead. I first estimated 20 lbs or better but when I took him out of the boat I realized I was off. He was 45 inches long and did not fit well in the live well. The second fish was a really pretty 10 lb channel cat. Finished collecting lines in the lake and moved over to the Bluestone river side and picked up another 10 lb flathead and an 8-9 lb channel cat. Total for the morning 4 fish for 61 lbs. I'll take that average any day. We got home just before the rain set in and I cleaned fish for a couple of hours. Johnny took the 26 lbs of fillets from yesterday to distribute to various family members. One brother said he wanted fish but wanted him to cook them as he said he does not know how to cook fish. That's an ingenious idea especially since it worked. Becky is cooking the belly off the 10 lb flathead right now for lunch along with 5-6 little bream I caught last week with the granddaughters. Sampson did good and pretty brave to be barking at the 33 lb flathead that could eat him but I guess he figured as long as I was there he could be a vicious dog.


 Old doe from yesterday while we caught bait. she was about 20' away and no alarm at all. She looks to be nursing a fawn from this shot.


 Johnny & Me and Sampson with 33 lb flahead. 45 inches from his chin to the tip of his tail.

 Rest of the fish. Bottom 3 from this morning weighed 28.5 lbs. Top 3 spent the night in my creek -13 lbs for the 3 of them from last night.


 The best view of a catfish (okay and one bream) on the whole thread!
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« Reply #69 on: June 05, 2019, 01:34:55 PM »
Good size fish!!!!
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« Reply #70 on: June 05, 2019, 01:40:35 PM »
Looking good-you are making me hungry ! 8)
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« Reply #71 on: June 05, 2019, 02:33:52 PM »
     Well, I am stuffed! I ate 4 bream and one little piece of catfish just to say I tried some out of this batch. A big old bluegill is still my favorite eating fish and these were cooked just right. There is enough left over for us to have another feed and the housekeeper ate lunch with us and took a plate home with her too. She was bragging how good these were and says she likes channel cat but doesn't care for mud cats (Flatheads). I hate to tell her all she ate today was the belly off a 10 lb flathead. 






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« Reply #72 on: June 05, 2019, 03:33:17 PM »
Belly's and heads, the best parts of the fish!
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« Reply #73 on: June 05, 2019, 04:50:48 PM »
   Yes and up till a few years ago I never knew to salvage the meat off the heads. I have started calling them "cheeks" like halibut cheeks and such. I guess that is a more socially acceptable term. Dad used to stay at various fish camps on the Suwannee River and a lady ran one who used to like to get the heads off his big blue and channel cats and she'd skin them out to get the meat to make fish chowder or gumbo. We never knew how much meat we were leaving. When I fillet a fish I rip the belly open during cleaning then I fillet off the 2 sides of the belly then the 2 fillets off the sides. What I have noticed this time is it is easier to cut the belly fillets off the flathead catfish and it is easier to fillet the sides off a channel or blue cat.
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  Yeah I am real proud of him. It has been several years since I caught one this big and I have only caught one bigger - a 35 lb fish several years ago. I hear people talk about catching 60-70 lb fish around here and I am confident they are there (I had one eating on a 5 lb flathead on one of my lines when I checked it 2-3 years ago - he was not hooked, just under the water swallowing my fish when we pulled on the line. When they do that they skin him just like I do when cleaning one and you will sometimes pull up a perfectly skinned carcass.) but I have not seen anyone with one even this big. I guess the real successful fishermen don't really talk about where and how they catch them.  I am the oddball and will even show people which limb I caught one on and show them where and how to catch bait and such to go catch them. I was telling Johnny I know some places are better to catch catfish around here but I have caught fish every place I tried so if go down to the lake and find someone has already staked out my spot I'll move to another, maybe better, one.

  Actually this one was pretty easy. The limb was shaking, I eased up beside it and eased my net deep under water and got hold of the line and guided him towards my big net and he swam right in and I lifted him in the boat before he ever knew he was in a net. No fuss - no muss, just the way it is supposed to work. No big drama fighting  and likely losing him.
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« Reply #74 on: July 01, 2019, 08:56:26 PM »
   Well, not really catfish and no pictures because I found my battery in my camera had died (Probably time for a new one as not holding a charge very long any more) but my mom who is visiting from N. Fla and I went out for 5-6 hours today fishing for bream. I actually had to break down and buy bait as my stock of nightcrawlers had converted to dirt and it was too dry last night to catch some more. We got to the lake and found a massive May Fly hatch. The hulls were so thick just trying to get a hook through them was like tossing a rubber worm in a patch of floating grass. We caught a few bluegills then I motored up to Bull Falls where there is more current. We caught a nice mess bream including several half to 3/4 lb fish which are not that common here. We were just using lightweight fiberglass poles and a big bluegill on one is lots of fun to catch.  I tried mealworms then discovered the nightcrawlers were better preferred. I think we caught about 3 dozen but got home with 23 because I rather than opening and closing the live well for every fish I was using a collapsible fish basket and bumped  the loop I had around the boat, knocked it loose and sunk them in about 35' of water. Anyway it was great to spend the time with my 89 y/o mom doing what she loves to do and watching the sights along the lake and river. We actually ended up with a nice mess of fish.
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« Reply #75 on: July 02, 2019, 09:00:39 AM »
Super, even without pics !
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« Reply #76 on: July 24, 2019, 03:23:50 PM »
 

 
   Well, a moderately pitiful catch but actually there is still a decent mess of fish there for me and my wife with one small bass and 5 bream (2 bluegills and 3 redbellies) and we did have a real good time. The three local granddaughters 13, 11 & 7 spent the night here last night after their our DIL took them to our local state park to the indoor pool. We took advantage of the recent cooler weather and the younger girls and I picked up a few limbs in and around the yard and had a small fire at the lot and cooked hot dogs and made smores and had a real good time. 

   This morning I got up and about 9:30 a.m. Abbie, 11, and Molly, 7, and I went to our local lake. The water was up from the recent rain so I went up above the main lake to fish for bluegills. My first smokehouse, a bunch of bream beds at the mouth of a small run-off, was a dud with only one little throwback for Abbie. My next spot yielded 2-3 bluegills and redbellies. Abbie wanted to learn to use a spinning rod so I started her on a Zebco #11 ultralight with a jig spinner with a piece of a nightcrawler instead of a plastic grub tail on the  jig. This rig was pretty forgiving about getting hung up and a good starting lure for Abbie to learn on. I switched from a pole to the same. We were making short casts to the bank under trees . I picked up a couple more bream and a small bass which really put on a show on that light rig. Abbie actually did pretty well for her first try using a spinning rod although she did not catch any fish. She was still having a good time. Molly got bored and mostly played with the fish in the live well. She really thinks the redbellies are pretty. About noon we headed back. Molly came back and wanted to drive the boat so I cranked it and handed her the tiller while I sat there beside her just in case. I only let her run us aground one time and that was at slow speed so she had fun doing that.

    The wildlife was back on the lake and we saw 2 young bald eagles first then an adult one overlooking a shallow backwater cove. We spotted 5-6 ospreys and a couple dozen blue herons which have been gone from the lake all summer till now. We saw 3 white herons, several little green herons, a cormorant, many Canada geese, some ducks, etc. The birds were not alarmed and we got within 30 yards of eagles and herons and one osprey. A spike buck walked out on the bank about 30' from us and watched a while and a mink ran up the bank to within 10-12 feet of us. 

    Again, a pretty poor catch of fish but adequate for a decent meal for the two of us and a priceless day on the water with my granddaughters.
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« Reply #77 on: July 26, 2019, 01:22:49 PM »
I would of enjoyed that too!!!
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« Reply #78 on: July 26, 2019, 08:53:17 PM »
   I took the wife out yesterday for the first fishing trip of the year for her and conditions were worse but we had a great time observing and taking pictures of the wildlife including the old doe feeding on submerged grass shown in my other thread. On earlier photo trips the herons and many of the eagles were absent but they are back in plenty now and the most ospreys we have ever seen. We came home and had the bream and bass for lunch. I liked the bream and Becky liked the bass so it worked great for both of us. Now I need to schedule another trip for Abbie to practice her rod & reel use and get her hooked on using a fly rod too.
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