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  1. #1
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    Default Look at This Monster!!!



    I went to the local stream (Neshaminy Creek) this afternoon, hoping to find
    some panfish activity. I was using my 8'6" Sage ZXL, and a #12 Green Weenie
    on a 7.5' 4X leader. After about 15 minutes, I hooked into this guy !
    He wasn't too fiesty until I had him in sight, and my Evolution reel was singing..LOL! I pulled my trout net out, but dropped it once I got a look at
    his size. Instead, I just moved him into the a few inches of water, but not
    until he made 4-5 runs. My boot size is 13, so you can use that as a reference. I'm guessing he was a mile long .

    On the one hand, it made my week that I caught this catfish on a fly, but
    on the other hand, the little bluegill I was hoping for just weren't going to
    cut it after this! I've seen pods of large catfish in that stream before, but
    never had any go for a fly. In fact, other than a 15" catfish I caught using a
    wooly bugger last year, I never caught a catfish on a fly.

    The Sage ZXL was fantastic! The wind was up and gusting, and that's a
    rather hefty fish. No Problems!

    P.S. The fish did have a gash near its tail. This section of Neshaminy Creek is tidal, and right near the Delaware River. Lots
    of big everything roam this section, including stripers and even crabs later in the summer! BIG CRABS!

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    Nice!

    I once caught a 2' channel cat while swinging big black buggers at the mouth of Lycoming Creek where it meets the Susquehanna River in Pennsylvania. I thought I had a monster brown trout on because of the way it stayed deep and ran hard. Just like you when I got it in I looked at it and said "what the heck!" it made my night.

    Nice catch Frank,

    Ard

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    Pretty neat, isn't it ? I failed to mention that the ZXL is a 4wt, and I was
    very impressed with its ability to handle this fish into the shallows. There
    were several boulder size rocks that the fish wanted to retreat to, but I was
    able to turn him nicely. I love this rod!

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    Yeah it was cool, I've caught others in the years since then but that first one is the one I'll remember. I was using a 7' 9" Far & Fine 5wt.

    I caught a really big carp that same night after setting up a triple dropper with two big hares ears and a hellgrammite nymph. It took a hares ear and believe me I was not thinking carp either. It was a mixed bag and a good time.

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    Default Re: Look at This Monster!!!

    Quote Originally Posted by FrankB2 View Post
    Pretty neat, isn't it ? I failed to mention that the ZXL is a 4wt, and I was
    very impressed with its ability to handle this fish into the shallows. There
    were several boulder size rocks that the fish wanted to retreat to, but I was
    able to turn him nicely. I love this rod!
    That is a big fish for a 4 wt. I have fished with a flyrod in catfish territory, but i have never managed to hook up with one.

    Catfish is supposed to be pretty good eating in the winter, its meat is firmer than in the hot summer water. Did you eat him?

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    FRANK! I fished a pond awhile back.. I made the smart A remark that "You can't catch Catfish on a Fly" (joke mind you) when BAM! I fought for what felt like 20 minutes trying to get this fish up off the bottom. It was a 20" Cat and it put an real good bend in my 6 weight...so, my hat is off to you my fiend. RIGHT ON!

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    nice catch! I caught a few cats on prince nymphs an zug bugs. also one on a black wooley bugger.
    "Hey, you.Get your damn hands off my herl !!!!"

    owner of the GL Fishing Forum.

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    Why did I just have a craving for Hush Puppies and Slaw?

    Nice Catch, sounds like alot of fun.

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    Hey Guys and Gal!

    That stretch of Neshaminy Creek is big and beautiful, but I wouldn't eat anything from there. The water is gin clear, but because the Delaware River's
    tide raises the stream's level 6-7' twice per day, water quality is questionable
    at best. The mouth of the stream is located between a sewage plant and
    HUGE landfill, and the murky waters of Philadelphia/Camden. I only fish this
    stretch well into an ebb tide.

    I thought it was crazy when a carp took my fly back in the mid 1980's! I did
    catch one catfish on a bugger last year in a lake, but was simply annoyed
    cuz we were fishing for stocked trout . You can see the little Green Weenie
    still in this fish's lip, and that fly's performance has earned it a box of its own.
    My first LMB last year was on a Green Weenie, and it's just a real performer
    dead drifted on streams, and twitched on lakes.

    When the fish was first hooked, he simply pulled against the line like an even
    tug of war. When he saw me, he made several runs, and I didn't know how
    that rod was going to perform (as I had seen him ). I had to work
    myself about 20 feet to reach the shallow water in the pic, but enjoyed
    watching him run. Too bad I didn't have one of my Orvis BBS reels on: ZING!

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    Just so nobody thinks the Neshaminy Creek is a toxic waste flow, here's a
    pic of the area I fish. It's exactly 1 mile from my driveway to the parking lot
    at the stream. There is a dam about one mile above the bridge in the photo,
    and that is stocked trout waters. The Neshaminy Creek is roughly 45 miles
    long. Fishing this stretch is like a seafood buffet: stripers, smallmouth, bluegill and rock bass that'll bend a 7'6" 4wt deep, catfish, carp, perch, snakes (big
    ones too ), etc. Lots of holes, VW size boulders, and riffles further down
    stream. I love fishing it, but my wife likes to drive further....?????

    P.S. This picture was taken about 30 minutes after catching the catfish, and at low tide. During high tide, the water would have
    been up to my nostrils .


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