This is the time of year that we start Trophy Blue Cat-fishing in hopes of putting our customers on that “ONE BIG FISH” . I’m not talking about a general large fish like you might think, I’m talking a BIG, MONSTER blue catfish that eat ducks, snakes and even other catfish!! I’m talking about fish that will make a grown man yell with excitement and high-five everyone in the boat. It’s a memory that they will talk about forever.
It’s not just a “Fish story” it’s a SOCIAL MEDIA fish…you know, the kinda fish that gets sent around the world w/ a click of the iphone button…as soon as the fish is released.
After a long day of tough fishing including fishing 3 foot rollers and 15-25mph winds we finally set up in another spot as we had a hour left in the trip.
Fishing timber in shallow water is fun and exciting but can also get your heart broke when a giant gets tangled up in the timber!
Rick and his two son’s Chris and Adam were on my boat this day and all eager to see what reeling in a monster catfish feels like. Our first rod went down and Rick reeled down on her and horsed her out of the timber and she was a 28lb’er…a solid fish that most would love to catch. We took pictures and video and released her back into the water. After sitting another ten minutes without a bite I heard Chris on the back of the boat saying “I got one”. Chris was reeling down and I noticed the fish was wrapped around a tree. We let some line out in hopes that she would get herself free. After 10 minutes of trying we just coulden’t manage to get her free. We decided to reel all 10 rods up and head toward the tree she was wrapped in. She was completely wrapped around the tree and every time we let out line out…she took more! One thing for sure though…this was a BIG fish!
After a 30 minute ordeal, while casting Adam actually hooked onto the line that the fish was on. Quickly we grabbed our team catfish grips and started using them to wrap the line around as a make shift reel and after a few minutes this beast of a fish came to the top of the water as to say “it’s about time” !
Dad Rick grabbed the net and after a few minutes of fighting she was finally in the boat…
We couldn't believe it – we got her. Michael said he heard us all scream half a mile away.
We weighed her and took pictures and got a video of the release. She swam off to fight another day.
This trip wasn't about catching “Big Fish” all day long… It was about the one that “almost got away!”
Thank you Rick Dickson, Chris and Adam for a story i will remember
Guide Teri Littlejohn