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Post Posted: 12:28pm - Oct 25,13 
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Had an absolute killer year going after flathead. No giants were brought in but I sure had the opportunity to battle with some 50lb+ cats and saw some pushing 60lb. Witnessed some underwater scenes that I never thought I was see anywhere but on some National Geographic or Planet earth episode, huge cats fin to fin and stacked several fish high in log jams.

Started out on the Fox River initially targeting walleye and musky but stumbled on to an awesome bit that lasted several weeks when water temps were well below 60degrees and up to almost 70. And no they weren't being snagged. Most fish inhaled SR7's or 5'' chartreuse gulp minnows rigged on weedless jigs. Some days I could hook into 6-8 15lb or greater fish in a matter of an hour or so in less than 3' of water. Out of the 100+ flathead landed this year only 3 fish were harvested and that was when the water was cold.

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Once the water warmed enough we put away the rods and got in the water

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Post Posted: 12:35pm - Oct 25,13 
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Even got myself a slimy carp

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Post Posted: 12:37pm - Oct 25,13 
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Sorry but there might be some duplicates but I've got too many pictures on my computer and its hard to keep them organized. Also the big flat on the 65qt cooler was released I was just by myself and that was the only way I could get a picture

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Post Posted: 03:23pm - Oct 25,13 
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Gorgeous Fish! I see most of the pictures you are in a boat. Is there a chance you can hook into some flathead from shore in the Fox? If so I'd love to try next summer!

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Post Posted: 03:52pm - Oct 25,13 
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Awesome my man!!!! Thanks for sharing.

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Post Posted: 04:15pm - Oct 25,13 
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And just incase anyone was wondering I do own more than one pair of shorts. But only one lucky pair

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Post Posted: 03:36am - Oct 26,13 
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It looks like it was in deed a very good year!

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Post Posted: 09:45am - Oct 27,13 
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Bravo! :allah

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Post Posted: 01:54pm - Nov 3,13 
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Nice looking flats there, love the plaid shorts! Curious, did you guys keep any of those or were they all released. One thing about the Fox and low water in the summer - most of the flow is essentially treated wastewater. I wouldn't even eat a channel cat out of the Fox or DesPlaines. Can't imagine they'd be too good with all the phosphate and everything in the water.

I've had a few channels from the Mississippi and Rock though that were fine.

Only got out a couple times this year fishing from the bank, but I did get flats both times. Guess that's two seasons with a flathead every trip (but only 5-6 total trips).

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Post Posted: 02:57pm - Nov 3,13 
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congrats!!!

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Post Posted: 09:04pm - Nov 5,13 
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Yes the flats are attainable by shore in the spring. Water was up a good foot or two when I was getting into them. You'd be better off wading.

As for eating them, the three I kept were from the fox and if I'm not mistaken the water temps were right around 55. Every other fish caught this year was released. Ate one before we lost power and the rest went bad after two days of no electricity to power the freezer. Tasted just as good as any cat I've had. Just make sure to trim the fillets of any red meat that you get on larger cats.

Now on the other hand I've had channel cats from the duper and they tasted horrible every time I tried to cook some up no matter what the water temps. My guess is septic and other runoff from all the homes that line the river affect the taste.

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Post Posted: 07:43am - Nov 6,13 
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awesome report. never got any musky on the fox?

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Post Posted: 08:47am - Nov 6,13 
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billebob5 wrote:
awesome report. never got any musky on the fox?


I think he'd need thicker gloves!

Sweet pics, looks like fun.

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