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Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing

Posted By: Proud_Dad

Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/03/19

Big fish and an even bigger smile! Our daughter needed to do some work for friends last week, so Layne asked if he could go along to fish off their dock. Turned into a memorable fishing trip when he caught this 35# flathead on a rod & reel...with 8# test line! Can you tell he is just a little excited?! smile Big thanks to Grace, too, for her work on netting the fish. Layne also caught a 9# channel cat and a couple between 2-4#. He used a throw net to catch his own bait and was using live bait for the flathead and cut bait for the channel cat.

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Posted By: LouisB

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/03/19

Catch and release, or Catch and grease?
Posted By: Proud_Dad

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/03/19

This one turned into several meals for our family and some for our friends who own the lake, too. When we set limb lines on this lake (once or twice/year) we normally release the ones under 20#.
Posted By: 1minute

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/03/19

So when one references a "pole", are we talking about a stick of cane with a given length of line affixed, or a rod and reel system?

Regardless, a good memory there.
Posted By: Proud_Dad

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/03/19

He was using a rod & reel. We usually try to set limb lines on this lake once or twice/year and have caught a few bigger ones that way, but this is by far the biggest we have hooked and landed on rod & reel.
Posted By: MOGC

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/04/19

Congrats to the young man! Flatheads are the very best of the catfish in my opinion.
Posted By: tomk

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/04/19

Man, that is a lot of fish. Congratulations to Layne & Grace. Must have been quite a fight...things do get tense at the moment that net dips...:)
Posted By: 1minute

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/04/19

Good deal especially when kids can make memories.

Back when I was in college a couple 12 year olds hit the mouth of Mary's River (Corvallis, Or) with their Zebco's and a some night crawlers. They landed about a 25lb Chinook and made the local papers with a pic. One can only imaging the panic and screaming that accompanied their first look at what was on the end.
Posted By: Sasha_and_Abby

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/04/19

great catch
Posted By: 44mc

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/04/19

that pic. makes me want to get the grease hot
Posted By: satx78247

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/04/19

Proud_Dad,

Tell Layne that another dedicated fisherman said, "GREAT CATCH" & "CONGRADS"..


yours, tex
Posted By: rong

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/05/19

Very Cool!!,that's a nice fish.
Posted By: Proud_Dad

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/05/19

Originally Posted by 1minute
Good deal especially when kids can make memories.

Back when I was in college a couple 12 year olds hit the mouth of Mary's River (Corvallis, Or) with their Zebco's and a some night crawlers. They landed about a 25lb Chinook and made the local papers with a pic. One can only imaging the panic and screaming that accompanied their first look at what was on the end.



Thanks, guys. I shared your comments with Layne and that brought another smile...and a retelling of the story! smile

Can't begin to imagine the excitement of those two 12 year olds catching a salmon like that! Wouldn't that be fun to have on video?!
Posted By: satx78247

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/06/19

Proud_Dad; All,

I'm NOT sure of this, as it came from an email that was forwarded to me by another TP&WD volunteer, but allegedly a 17YO male caught an OVER 8-pound RAINBOW TROUT at Southside Lion's Club Park's lake last Friday, just before dusk on a live minnow.

TP&WD stocks the "urban" lakes around here in the late Fall & Winter with about 12" hatchery-raised Rainbow Trout in the belief that the trout won't survive our south TX Summers but SOME few do survive & grow to TROPHY sizes.
(Fwiw, I've never even seen an 8-pound Rainbow, much less ever caught one, even after 6 decades of fishing.- Fwiw, I was quite pleased with catching an about 3 pound Rainbow on a flyrod/streamer fly, some 15 years ago, on a VA military post's lake.)

Fwiw, I asked "Nathan" (by email) to see if there is a photo of the BIG trout & if there is a photo to post it to the WWW.
(I do KNOW that there are some BIG fish in those urban ponds, as I actually saw a sub-teen girl catch an over 10# channel cat out of one of the lakes & on a PINK Zebco rod/reel, using worms for bait.).

yours, tex
Posted By: Vic_in_Va

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/07/19

Congratulations to the young man for his fine catch, that IS a nice Flathead.

I chased Blues on the James river for years, and would only occasionally catch a Flathead. He is 10# ahead of my best Flathead. And, I used gear appropriate for the large Blues, so I can imagine the pucker factor of that fight. He couldn't just horse it in, so he had to finesse that one just right.
Posted By: coyo

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/08/19

I bet the lad had himself an unforgettable moment there that day on the lake.nice catch.
Posted By: BlueDuck

Re: Layne's flathead caught while pole fishing - 06/08/19

Very nice fish. Congrats.
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