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    Bring on the Hushpuppies... A lot of them
from Bender, MS Gulf Coast  
6/11/2012 10:49:16 PM



New State Record this past weekend for Hand Grappling. 81.4 pounds on the right. Did I mention this wormy little guy caught this fish in the water by hand?

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   Wow !!! from DaveT  6/12/2012 6:32:45 AM
  That one on the right must weigh close to what the guy that caught it weighs.

   Wow from Buzz  6/12/2012 8:15:21 AM
 Is this a TBF or B.A.S.S weigh-in? (LOL)

   Notice the guy on the right from Bender, MS Gulf Coast  6/12/2012 8:40:53 AM
 Has his hands through and holding the fish at the gill plate from the inside. He must be used to sticking his arms in their mouth. I hope he got this in shallow water as that fish could drown him in a minute.

   Grapplin' from minner  6/12/2012 9:02:56 AM
 It's a lot of fun, you should try it. I catch and release almost everything though, except maybe a 10lber here and there.

    from Spooled Again #9650  6/12/2012 9:53:36 AM

Edited 6/12/2012 10:08:12 AM

   ain't enough cold beer in the world from Beartrap   6/12/2012 10:13:28 AM
 to get me brave,dumb or foolish enough to do that...especially after i saw a snapping turtle bite through a limb i stuck in one's face.....

   I thought from Bender, MS Gulf Coast  6/12/2012 11:13:16 AM
  The picture had been photoshopped but everyone swears it ain't and when you look at the tail on the floor and the bottom fin at his knee how it is pushing up his jeans at the knee you have to think it is real. It came from Sardis n the Coldwater river.

Edited 6/12/2012 11:14:49 AM

   either way from minner  6/12/2012 11:40:56 AM
 I caught a 65lb (scales) last year, so that looks about right to me.

   Very tasty, perhaps the best catfish ever, but... from Ralph Manns  6/12/2012 1:31:24 PM
 I need instructions on how to handle and clean anything that big in a kitchen sink. My only recourse has been to cut the ones I catch up into chunks first. They dull blades of an electric fillet knife very fast if you try to go through the bones. Perhaps I need an outside butchering hook and a meat cleaver?

No I don't get them by hand, they just seem to love my crankbaits, worms, and jigs though. Flatheads are the only truly predatory catfish in the US, although big blues and channels will eat live fish if and when they can catch them.

   Ralph from minner  6/12/2012 2:19:03 PM
 You can't fillet a flathead the same way as a blue or channel, or at least I don't. They are more "T" shaped so I go about it more like I'm filleting (sp?)a flounder, working my way from the spine down instead of the gill plate back.

   Some of these guys build boxes for catching big old cats. from Oneeyedjack #13663 #13663  6/12/2012 3:28:13 PM
 The box is placed in spawning areas and the cats will go into these boxes. Then these grapplers go down foot-first into the box and use something to poke the cat. When the fish bolts from the rear of the box they will hit the grappler in the chest. Then they just hang on.

I saw a pickup bed piled up high with big cats taken from one haul. This was at Brandon, Ms.

   All I know from Bender, MS Gulf Coast  6/12/2012 5:29:15 PM
 If that probably 150 pound guy grabbed that fish he is one scrappy guy and one of those that would decieve you in a bar fight and beat your azz.

   catfish barrels from Beartrap   6/13/2012 7:38:56 AM
 years ago there was some guys who would sink 30 gallon barrels in Lake Washington (miss. delta) and then stick their hands in there,grab the fish and drag them out....these old boys were a pretty rough bunch and their forearms looked like somebody took a belt sander to them....

   Dad from Bender, MS Gulf Coast  6/14/2012 7:43:33 AM
 I watched my Dad and his brothers do that with hollow logs and pieces of Culvert in the Tallahatchie and in farm ponds.

They would also hang over deep bends in creeks and run their hands around the roots of trees where the fish would back into holes in the creek bank and pull them out. They tried for years to get me to do it and I am just not gonna. There were too many moccasins in the water and Rattlers out of the water to do that along with the aformentioned Snapping Turtles.

   minner from Ralph Manns  6/15/2012 10:57:36 PM



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