In my neighborhood we have two private lakes. Modest sized I think one is 30 acres, and the other a little smaller.
I've been fishing them the last few weeks for bass. The one lake is shallow.... like to 6 feet at it's deepest with areas in the middle that can get so shallow my little pond boat can get stuck.
I've been watching these fins come out of the water. A side fin, like a fish rolling on it's side and mulling about in the water.
So day before yesterday I was ripping a top water plug near the bank and something struck at it, and literally pulled like an 18 wheeler.... after a little struggle, my lure slammed me straight in the face (thank god I was wearing glasses)
Anyway, the hooks on the topwater lure had scales on them, so I figure I had foul hooked SOMETHING, buddy thought it was a grinnel... maybe so. Right in that area, I had seen the same fins I speak of rolling in the shallow grass, and bunches of them.
So yesterday I decided to find out. I loaded up with some frozen shrimp and headed out.
In a very shallow area in the middle, I saw the fins, the rolling, and I could SEE a monster just right under the surface in probably a foot of water. I literally lowered my treble hook and shrimp right on the fishes head and hook up was IMMEDIATE.
For 5 minutes this thing pulled my 10 foot pond boat around. Once I finally got the fish near me again, I got his head up and it was a MONSTER catfish. I could have fit both fists in his mouth. I reached for my lip grabbers sitting right there, and the line snapped and he was gone. 17lb mono, poof.
So I stayed in the creek channel, and tried to continually sneak up on the "finning" fish, which was happening all over and all around me, but I never did get another hook up.
at first I thought "these must be carp or something"
what's the scoop here? I'm not much of a catfisherman, but after THAT hook up, I am now. I only got a look at this things face for a split second, he was about as big as my leg, and as long. and I'm watching HUNDREDS of these things fin the surface on a lake no body fishes