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Cat on a jig
07-16-2010, 12:08 AM,
#1
Cat on a jig
It was a little of a fluke, but sure gave me a thrill! I hit the water this afternoon looking for some smallmouth and got my jig slammed in a deep hole. Knew it wasn't a smallie from the first pull - lost a bunch of line to the drag - and was worried about loosing him. Stayed deep and and thought for sure he would cut me off on a rock ledge. Jig was tied by CK3 from a smallie jig swap on c.c - Black/orange/black with some green flash.

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Sadly - someone had trimmed both it's pec and dorsal fins. They obviously had been stung by a cat before and didn't like it much. Sad Wish they knew how hard it is to handle one in your hand when they are cut! The pec fins are serrated and the fish was trying like hell to cut me up even if the tips were cut. I got 2 small cuts on my hand while i was taking the pic... stung like a son of a gun the rest of the day at work!!!
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07-16-2010, 12:14 AM,
#2
RE: Cat on a jig
By the way - Does anyone know the difference between a channel cat and a flathead? I catch alot of channel cats, and this one just didn't look the right coloration for a channel cat to me..... Not much talk about flatheads in this individual river, but they are in other local rivers.
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07-16-2010, 12:35 AM,
#3
RE: Cat on a jig
AF,

Right off the bat, I'd say that's a channel cat. When I lighten up the image in my photo editor, I immediately noticed a deeply forked tail that is characteristic of channel catfish.

Nice catch. Cool
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07-16-2010, 06:27 AM,
#4
RE: Cat on a jig
He's a channel. Flatheads are more of a yellow color and don"t have a deep fork tail.......Bet you had fun catching him tho........
first liar does not have a chance!
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07-16-2010, 02:45 PM,
#5
RE: Cat on a jig
Yep that's a channel cat. Good eating from about that size down. Bigger channels develop a strong taste when they get a little larger. Around here anyway. A flathead is good eating no matter how big they are. A friend of mine was spider rigging for crappie a couple of years ago and landed a 60 lb flathead with a crappie jig. He had him a time!
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07-16-2010, 03:51 PM,
#6
RE: Cat on a jig
Attica, The flathead has a much broader looking tail. I've also been popping really nice cats on my boolie jig ( Keith has a copy of a nice one my son took-maybe he'll post it here, as I'm a real moron with posting pics!), but 2 weekends ago I was fishing my favorite Lake Erie pier up your way, and had on 7 huge cats (and think they were flatheads) on 1/24 oz Boolies with a no 8 hook and 4# test line =one gave me a TIMED 1 hour fight! Of course,when they got tired of the wrestling match,they'd tucker down in their lairs & saw me off on zebra mussels!!
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07-17-2010, 03:24 AM, (This post was last modified: 07-17-2010, 03:46 AM by Hawnjigs.)
#7
RE: Cat on a jig
Here's the pic of JJ2's son Sean & jig caught catfish. Grandson Draes taking notes.

   
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07-17-2010, 03:43 PM,
#8
RE: Cat on a jig
Personally, I think a 1 hr. fight on 4# line turns from fun to work kinda early on...

Hey AF, didn't mean to, uh, diminish your catch by posting Sean's. Thats a beautiful stream and your clean running water cat probably fought way harder pound for pound than a still water version. I figure you're confident enuf in your skills not to have size issues...
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07-17-2010, 04:08 PM,
#9
RE: Cat on a jig
On the subject of catfish, I haven't caught that many, & noticed that some of the few I've kept seem to stay alive disturbingly long out of water. Is this pretty normal?

One of my first kept ones, a 5# channel from an Oahu reservoir about 10 yrs. ago stayed alive so long in a dry bucket instead of eating it for dinner as planned threw it into the bathtub overnight and released it the next morning in a nearby stream!
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07-17-2010, 04:10 PM,
#10
RE: Cat on a jig
That is a chanel AF...Flatheads, even at that size still have a yellow color and no forked tail.

Since Hawn hijacked the post anyway Wink ,here's a little yellow I caught last year on a crankbait and 12 # test.

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