Thanks for the tips! It worked on Sunday. Rod and reel. And CJ'S Punch Bait, Thanks CJ for my 1st time use of your Punch Bait and 1st big catfish on rod and reel. Not only did your Punch bait got this catfish hooked it got me hooked as well. I sent Charlie and picture yesterday. Crazy thing of the story is.... I was using 2 poles, one was my wife's pole with a "coffee grinder reel and 20 lb braided line. a heard it clicking so I let it take it and adjusted the drag and just barely gave it a tug and POP! WTH!! must had been a poor tie on my part. So I decided to check the pole I call "the fence post pole" (short older than me rod and reel pole) I checked it bait was gone. (as I was told in the pervious post by forum members. SO I redbaited and through 20 yard down from the catfish as pictured. Ok, so let's regroup here. So I retied my wives pole I was using on Fathers Day
so I threw it out. Backed both poles drags off. Decided, hey it will be a while before anything happened. I put a worm on my bass pole and throw a couple times. As soon as I turned away, I heard big clicking noise from the "fence post pole", ahh chit!! I picked it up tightened the drag up a bit and "Jack it's on now"! then I quit feeling it. DAMN!!! so I kept reeling and was waiting on the line to come out of the water broken..... NOPE!!! Hell yea, it must had been swimming towards me. SO let's fight some more! So I yelled for my boy down from me by 100 yards or more. He came running, I said at least come see what it looks like before something happened. He came up, (I think he peed on himself) I said Jr. It's Father's Day today right? Yea, Dad? Watch and learn Jr. LMAO So fought it out for only 5 minute's. Had him hold the pole, while I got in the water and reached my hand for it's gills, fought a little bit. While boy held the pole while I was in the water. Got one hand in the gill, got the other hand in, climbed up wet shoes up the muddy grassy embankment. Damn that was fun!! I picked up the fish to take a picture and looked in it's mouth something that looked like a line was in there. CHIT!!! That was the green braided line off my wives pole!!! What the heck!! So, on Sunday, started drinking beer earlier than normal!!
Now the fun part get out the knife and fillet and invite LOTS of friends over to eat some FRESH catfish!! Truly a day to remember with my boy and my wives pole!(while she worked) hey, at least I got her leader and hook back!
Thanks again CJ'S Punch Bait and all members on this forum that help each other out!