At the last minute my friend Jason and I decided to go cat fishing. We did not have much time and we did not want to waste it driving to the closest river. We went to a small un-assuming pond that has been known to produce some 1-4 pound cats. The pond is nothing to look at maybe 3 acres. No real structure or water features to catch the anglers eye. Heck if I didn't know about this body of water I would have driven right past. Do to the last minute nature of the trip I did not have time to buy chicken livers or smelt. I did not have time to catch some shad. I just grabbed a tub of G&S Cheese Dip Bait.

We had just cast our lines and I was preparing to take a nap after a terrible week. When my large Thill float shot under into the 8 foot depths!! I was shocked at the bend in my old cat rod and the drag being pulled from my old school beefy Shimano I have had since high school!! The beast rose to the surface and death rolled, water went everywhere!! I was so happy to have someone with me to jump into action and get muddy landing the fork-tailed whale. IT WAS AWESOME. This cat broke My old biggest by one pound also caught at a small pond at a camp site when i was a kid. I as not expecting a visit from Grandpa Whiskers and now I have yet another vivid memory to last a lifetime.

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pondboy replied the topic: #9620 28 Jul 2013 18:04
Thanks guys just right place right time. It was a blast.
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BrimReaper911 replied the topic: #9619 28 Jul 2013 15:33
PB Rules!!!!
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jmdog replied the topic: #9616 27 Jul 2013 22:47
Absolutely awesome :cheer:
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CSimon2 replied the topic: #9613 27 Jul 2013 22:15
Show off! LOL! That is one big kitty! Nice job PB!
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redhook62 replied the topic: #9612 27 Jul 2013 20:38
Very cool!
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steakified replied the topic: #9611 27 Jul 2013 19:11
ice job pb, that's one hell of a cat fish
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Darkstar72 replied the topic: #9606 27 Jul 2013 17:33

Darkstar72 wrote: I loved the look on your face when you set the hook then saw the swirl from the fish.

Drag starts pulling and the rod bends over hard and PB says "This one's a better fish"

Understatement!!!!

GREAT Cat!!!!

I enjoyed being present to play photographer, and department of weights and measures. :)


Since you didn't mention it's a 13# Channel Cat, 31.5" long and 17.5" around with a BIG freakin' head!!!

I'm still impressed by the sight of it!!!
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Darkstar72 replied the topic: #9605 27 Jul 2013 17:30
I loved the look on your face when you set the hook then saw the swirl from the fish.

Drag starts pulling and the rod bends over hard and PB says "This one's a better fish"

Understatement!!!!

GREAT Cat!!!!

I enjoyed being present to play photographer, and department of weights and measures. :)
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Marty Rogers replied the topic: #9604 27 Jul 2013 17:27
Holy cow! I knew I should have called you to go fishing today! Nice! There are huge cats everywhere we just need to fish for them.