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COTD - Big St. Charles Cat

DuPage - St. Charles Pond
 Catfish Like This Can Be Found All Over DuPage County
 Last Friday I took a couple of guys with VERY limited fishing experience to one of my favorite spots. I’ve always done well out there so I thought it’d be the perfect place to take some greenhorns. My main goal for the morning was to get them on some fish, but of course I was hoping to catch a few of my own too.
 The fishing was slower than usual but one of them landed a couple and the other guy just kept missing them. It wasn’t much action but it was enough to keep us all interested. I also got to sneak a few casts in, in-between teaching, tying knots, and dealing with snags, and I hooked up with a couple medium sized bass.
 But the real excitement of the day came when I was showing them how to fish with a wacky rigged Senko. I tossed it in, started to explain what to watch for, and then bam, all of a sudden my reel was paying out line to the monster on the other end. After a battle of a few minutes, I realized that I didn’t have a bass at all. Instead it was a 24.5” catfish*!
 It wasn’t exactly the fish I was after, and wasn’t quite the day I’d hoped for but it was definitely one that all of us will remember for a long time! And it definitely made all of want to hit the water again soon!
 *Much to my dad’s chagrin this big boy escaped the frying pan is still swimming!
 Status: Released

Posted: 13 Mar 2013 22:28 by Marty Rogers #7378
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I want a kitty cat! I am hitting the fox a lot this season.
Posted: 14 Jan 2012 22:44 by Brutus #330
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I used to fish for channel cats on the Tippecanoe River in Indiana with my father (Wacky Bass). I miss those days very much. I especially miss the times when he hooks into a huge flathead and it gets away. LOL I wish you could have seen and heard him!
Posted: 09 Jan 2012 16:29 by Darkstar72 #205
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I agree. It's be a long time since I've been catfishing.

And I won the weighted hook-dealie at a DA event....hmmm.....chicken livers anyone?
Posted: 08 Jan 2012 21:10 by pondboy #200
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We need to get out cattin. If I see my contact on that awesome cat wateri will talk to him, maybe he will let us fish just one night for a segment.
Posted: 07 Jan 2012 12:11 by Toadfish #125
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Awesome fish..............yes, more catfish this year.
Posted: 07 Jan 2012 12:09 by Marty Rogers #124
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I need to fish for more cats this season.