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#10949323 - 06/30/15 02:48 PM The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides
BankAngler50 Offline
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Randle Hall's clients hold the last six blue catfish records of Lake Lewisville including the current record of 63# caught back in 2000.

Chad Furguson and Randal Hall were interviewed by Tpwd Magazine in a 2005 article and Chad posts it on his North Texas Catfish Guide Service website. I'm pretty sure many of you know these two guides....

Big Blues - Big Bleu Catfish by Paul Canada TPWD Magazine 2005

According to Ferguson and Hall the key to finding trophy blue catfish (25lb+) is to focus on bait fish,threadfin shad...

“The baitfish is the key,” explains Hall. “You have got to take a look at the entire ecosystem. The plankton determines where the shad will be, and the shad determine where the big blues are going to be found.”
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#10949395 - 06/30/15 03:14 PM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: BankAngler50]
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Blues, this quote from TPWD biologist on blue catfish growth, is for you.

“Any cold-blooded animal has what we biologists term as indeterminate growth,” says Hysmith. “They will continue to grow on and on, unless one of three things — food source, senility or environmental conditions — limit or control that growth. Under the right conditions, these blue catfish will grow to tremendous sizes.”

In plain English, it's not genetics that determines catfish growth, here's how those things are broken down
FOOD SOURCE - lots of bait fish, blues will get fat and grow, no bait fish no problem for blues they just eat any small fish including game fish and catfish. Of course other games fish are not as easy as shad, blue catfish growth rates will be retarded.

SENILITY - High pressured fishing stressed fish, over prolonged period of time these fish go crazy and die. SO YOU'RE ALSO KILLING FISH EVEN IF YOU CPR. There are other human activities that stress fish. .. competition within species, intra-specific, and with other species, inter-specific, also added stress...

ENVIRONMENTAL CONDITIONS - silt and chemical that washed into rivers and creeks find their ways into lakes, robbed lake water oxygen level which can affect entire food chain. Catfish are hardy and fair well even in poor water conditions but bait fish won't do well in polluted water. Back to food source factor.


Edited by Bankfisher50 (06/30/15 03:52 PM)

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#10949445 - 06/30/15 03:39 PM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: BankAngler50]
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That record has been broken a few times but clients choose not to mess with the records. Also they don't even fish the lake any longer.
If anybody was to be considered as king of catfish on Lewisville, it would be Bobby Kubin!!
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#10949486 - 06/30/15 03:50 PM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
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the gravley is just being humble...to be good on LL you have to put time on the water and everytime i'm out there i see tom

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#10949738 - 06/30/15 05:50 PM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: BankAngler50]
HumanSeine Offline
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Loc: Mckinney,Tx
I am sure all the gentlemen mentioned above are great guys. I will say that I enjoyed my trip with Tom very much. I think it would be hard to crown a king without fishing with every guide.

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#10949755 - 06/30/15 05:56 PM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: BankAngler50]
Chiprat Offline
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Registered: 04/28/15
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Loc: Highland Village, Texas

Not a Lewisville, cat but truly a 64 lb Blue from Texoma, Taken on Danny King orig. CPR.
I agree, that Tom maybe the best, although I have never fished with Tom, but as you said, you have to Work to be the best, and I see the truck/Boat there many days.. smile

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#10950072 - 06/30/15 08:08 PM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: BankAngler50]
Blues Online   crying
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Thanks for dedicating a quote just for me... But you can't honestly believe that "ANY" cold blooded animal will continue to grow if it's given enough food and the right environment.

Why is so much money spent to cross florida genetics in large mouth? On that logic crappie would weigh 9lbs. There have been fish sampled from texoma that over are 20 yrs old and only 18" long. Others were 15 yrs old and over 40lbs. So you are telling me one fish found food it's whole life and the other one didn't? I will agree with you that it takes more than just good genetics, food and environment play a huge part.

The soap box I'm on about stocking has nothing to do with any of the lakes you could think of, I promise...... I'm a long ways from Dallas.

I know you are freaking out about the new regulation that are coming for twok. Hopefully they will work great, and not have the negative affect on the hybrids you are thinking it will. I'm not convinced any of us will live long enough to see a huge impact on either fishery from new slot limits on blues.

At the end of the day things are changing. Tpwd is starting to take notice of all the squeaky wheels wanting to improve/maintain Texas catfishing. I think it's about time and could have been too little too late.

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#10950085 - 06/30/15 08:13 PM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: BankAngler50]
Blues Online   crying
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And my vote goes for Tom and Bobby for LL kings. Nobody will argue with that.

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#10950188 - 06/30/15 09:06 PM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: BankAngler50]
Vess Offline
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imma say it like this cause he is a great fishermen and a great dude to boot!!

TOM GRAVELY IS THE MUTHA F##### MAN!!
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#10950633 - 07/01/15 07:40 AM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: BankAngler50]
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Wonder why Kubin no longer posts here? Always enjoyed his photos. Wish I had booked a trip with Tom before I moved to Alabama.
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#10950752 - 07/01/15 08:35 AM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: Fishin' Nut]
steveiam Online   content
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Originally Posted By: Fishin' Nut
Wonder why Kubin no longer posts here? Always enjoyed his photos. Wish I had booked a trip with Tom before I moved to Alabama.


Pretty sure Kubin doesn't guide any more--


Edited by steveiam (07/01/15 08:35 AM)
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#10950837 - 07/01/15 09:09 AM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: Vess]
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Originally Posted By: Vess
imma say it like this cause he is a great fishermen and a great dude to boot!!

TOM GRAVELY IS THE MUTHA F##### MAN!!


roflmao roflmao roflmao cheers
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#10952469 - 07/01/15 10:02 PM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: OPTIMUS PRIME]
Vess Offline
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Registered: 01/04/13
Posts: 1879
Loc: Haslet, TX
Originally Posted By: OPTIMUS PRIME
Originally Posted By: Vess
imma say it like this cause he is a great fishermen and a great dude to boot!!

TOM GRAVELY IS THE MUTHA F##### MAN!!


roflmao roflmao roflmao cheers


Someone had to say it
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#10952550 - 07/01/15 11:08 PM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish]
BankAngler50 Offline
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Originally Posted By: tgravley aka lewisvillecatfish
That record has been broken a few times but clients choose not to mess with the records. Also they don't even fish the lake any longer.
If anybody was to be considered as king of catfish on Lewisville, it would be Bobby Kubin!!


"they"? Only Randle Hall has the reign on Lake Lewisville, six consecutive lake records,... Getting one or two lake records is big deal, but six consecutive lake records, that's hard to duplicate. True that Hall doesn't guide LL anymore but his clients lake records still rule supreme. Hall didn't get national recognition for catching big catfish for nothing.
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#10952584 - 07/01/15 11:46 PM Re: The King of Lake Lewisville Trophy Blue Catfish Guides [Re: BankAngler50]
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