72 lb Flathead Catfish!

  • average-joe
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    Hudson, WI
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    #894399

    What a pig

    Nice fish Ben

    tony_apisa
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    E. Moline Illinois along the Rock River
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    #894404

    Holy Shnykees! Congrats.

    stuart
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    Mn.
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    #894412

    WOW!!!

    mossydan
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    Cedar Rapids, Iowa
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    #894427

    Nice flathead Ben, very nice fish!

    chadmayer
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    Gretna, NE
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    #894435

    That is one of the biggest fish that I’ve ever seen. Congrats Ben!

    ggoody
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    Mpls MN
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    #894436

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    The belly on this thing was almost out of the ordinary.


    To me the size of it’s mouth is what’s out of the ordinary…

    Ben Garver
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    Hickman, Nebraska
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    #894440

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    So, what kind of crankbait and what color?


    #5 jointed black and gold in color.

    mb376
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    Lincoln, Nebraska
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    #894503

    WOW

    How many shad a day do you suppose that thing eats? Thanks for the story and photos.

    mplspug
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    Palmetto, Florida
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    #894555

    So armchair biologists, what do you think? She miss the spawn? Not spawning this year? Or he or she is just a plane old mutant.

    I should clarify the difference between 1 and 2. It’s possible she could still spawn yet this year, as we know, there isn’t a spawning switching where they all nest at once.

    Mike Klein
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    Hastings, MN
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    #894579

    that dude could eat me.

    sharkbait
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    The mud puddle in western Ks
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    #894914

    Shorty rods seem to attract them..Out of six rods we usually run it seems like 70-80 percent of the flatheads we catch are on the 2 shortys.Guys u ought to try some fat free shads inyour spread if you have been finding the flatheads they really seem to like them..And the big walleyes find them to.

    Brian Robinson
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    central Neb
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    #894943

    Fat free shads, Chris? Hmmm….never heard of em….

    kdb
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    #895001

    Ben,
    those are some outstanding photos!

    While nothing can top that fish, I do have to send a huge bunch of appreciation to you for a: having prepared/thought through how you’d handle it…b: doing absolutely everything possible to get that big beast back to doing what it does best: eat and pro-create!

    That flatheads are some of the most beautiful animals…and it takes photos like your’s to show folks that…

    Congrats on a real trophy! for being prepared…and most of all, for sharing the whole thing with us!

    Wow! Dude!

    sharkbait
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    The mud puddle in western Ks
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    #895138

    Brian it wasnt long ago that you hadnt heard of em..Something about what the hell bass lures for walleye????
    And oh ya the catfish like em..

    whitetips2
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    #895373

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    WOW

    How many shad a day do you suppose that thing eats? Thanks for the story and photos.


    That flathead during the middle of the summer may be eating 5-7% of its body weight per day. Let’s see, that would be somewhere around 3.5-5 pounds of prey per day! I would guess a flathead of that size would be most likely to eat the largest prey it could find; it would take a darned lot of young-of-the-year shad to fill her up.

    Daryl Bauer
    Fisheries Outreach Program Manager
    Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
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    Bauer’s Barbs and Backlashes

    whitetips2
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    #895374

    Quote:


    So armchair biologists, what do you think? She miss the spawn? Not spawning this year? Or he or she is just a plane old mutant.

    I should clarify the difference between 1 and 2. It’s possible she could still spawn yet this year, as we know, there isn’t a spawning switching where they all nest at once.


    I guess you could call me an “armchair” biologist. I am resting on the arm of my office chair where I work as a fisheries biologist.

    Who said anything about that fish missing the spawn? I suppose it is possible, but without an examination, perhaps cutting it open, there is no telling for sure whether that fish was still carrying eggs. I would tend to doubt that she was; I would believe that she spawned a few weeks ago now and is already that fat again!

    Daryl Bauer
    Fisheries Outreach Program Manager
    Nebraska Game & Parks Commission
    [email protected]
    Bauer’s Barbs and Backlashes

    UpNortSticker
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    #896232

    Very nice catch. My biggests catfish so far while trolling for walleye on crankbaits is this flathead around 30 lbs.
    Cheers
    Kelly

    Brian Robinson
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    central Neb
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    #896242

    Thanks for the answers, Daryl. That’s some good info.

    We had another nice fish on in the canal Tues night. I’m guessing it was a flatty, but we’ll never know. Pretty aggravating when you lose em!

    Nice fish Kelly!

    wade_kuehl
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    Northwest Iowa
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    #896430

    Awesome Kitty, Ben! Thanks for sharing the pics and story!

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