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#11925632 - 11/09/16 11:53 AM How big was this hybrid?
jp24 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/10
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Loc: Texas
I've only fished for hybrids a short time. On Cedar Creek, where I recently moved to. Have caught a 5-pounder and several smaller.

Last night I was hitting a lighted dock with a crank bait. The technique works well almost all the time.

One took it as soon as I started the retrieve (so not on bottom) and immediately did what they do: he ran -- FAST. I realized immediately that this was a BIG fish. I fought him for more than 40 minutes. Medium heavy quality IKE rod, Revo SX reel, 12-lb. mono. He pulled me and my 18-foot aluminum boat with 100 HP motor 40 yards one way, then another.

He would NOT tire.

I got him probably two feet below the surface and six feet from the boat a couple times, but he never came to the top. He'd just run. Then he found a brush pile on the bottom, and wrapped me up. I lost him.

Any idea how big a hybrid would have to be to fight like that? Honestly, it was the strongest freshwater fish I've ever had on.

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#11925642 - 11/09/16 11:58 AM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
BMART Offline
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Registered: 04/17/12
Posts: 171
Flat head?
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#11925664 - 11/09/16 12:11 PM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
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Registered: 09/25/11
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Loc: 32�42.136′N 97�6.772′W
Big Blue?
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#11925670 - 11/09/16 12:13 PM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
big D Offline
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Registered: 04/03/08
Posts: 211
Loc: Brookshire, TX
Same thing happened to me one night under lights and I thought I had a huge hybrid! It made a normal hybrid like peel drag run and I fought it for a while. It was a big blue cat frown

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#11925686 - 11/09/16 12:24 PM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
jp24 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 120
Loc: Texas
I think y'all may be right. It probably was a big blue. I've had them run like that. I guess it was the fact that he hit it not too far from the surface that made me think it wasn't that. Sounds like those big monsters feed like game fish at times.

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#11925690 - 11/09/16 12:26 PM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
Huckleberry Offline
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Registered: 10/10/07
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Loc: Lake Gaston, VA
it was a 20# Largemouth

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#11925797 - 11/09/16 01:36 PM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
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Loc: Red Oak, TX
Sounds more like a flattie to me.
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#11925913 - 11/09/16 02:25 PM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
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Registered: 06/22/05
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Loc: Belton Tx.
Defiantly a catfish
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#11926042 - 11/09/16 03:39 PM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
jp24 Offline
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Registered: 01/09/10
Posts: 120
Loc: Texas
I'm goin' with 20 lb LMB. Thanks, Huck.

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#11926278 - 11/09/16 06:07 PM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
Pastor John Offline
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Registered: 03/05/13
Posts: 386
Loc: The Colony, TX
There is no hybrid in any lake that would take a 40 minute fight. It had to be a big catfish.

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#11926382 - 11/09/16 07:23 PM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
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Registered: 07/12/10
Posts: 40481
Loc: Universal City Tx.
Only guessing but I would say a Big Catfish. Blue or a Flathead. hmmm
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#11926407 - 11/09/16 07:39 PM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
GIG'EM AGGIES Online   content
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Registered: 05/14/14
Posts: 1734
Loc: texas
Originally Posted By: jp24
I've only fished for hybrids a short time. On Cedar Creek, where I recently moved to. Have caught a 5-pounder and several smaller.

Last night I was hitting a lighted dock with a crank bait. The technique works well almost all the time.

One took it as soon as I started the retrieve (so not on bottom) and immediately did what they do: he ran -- FAST. I realized immediately that this was a BIG fish. I fought him for more than 40 minutes. Medium heavy quality IKE rod, Revo SX reel, 12-lb. mono. He pulled me and my 18-foot aluminum boat with 100 HP motor 40 yards one way, then another.

He would NOT tire.

I got him probably two feet below the surface and six feet from the boat a couple times, but he never came to the top. He'd just run. Then he found a brush pile on the bottom, and wrapped me up. I lost him.

Any idea how big a hybrid would have to be to fight like that? Honestly, it was the strongest freshwater fish I've ever had on.


Probably was a catfish but since you are no one saw it, it was at least a 20lb+ LMB. Important thing was the fight anyway and you'll enjoy that for a long time.
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#11926479 - 11/09/16 08:17 PM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
Jim Ford Offline
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Registered: 01/28/12
Posts: 1373
Loc: Texas
If you had landed it, all subsequent trips would have been anticlimactic. But now, you have something that REALLY holds your interest and your enthusiasm. You're lucky, you know.....

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#11927151 - 11/10/16 10:17 AM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
Mo Offline
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Registered: 10/08/01
Posts: 12096
Loc: Lake Palestine/Cherokee co
Big blue, Never heard anyone describe a flathead as fast .
Mo
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#11927271 - 11/10/16 11:40 AM Re: How big was this hybrid? [Re: jp24]
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Registered: 09/28/12
Posts: 2553
Loc: Texas
You will never know, but the striper below was over 30 inches and pulled my Tracker 175 about 100 feet with two big anchors down. When he hit the small perch I had on the boat very quickly rotated 180 degrees. If I had been standing I would have been swimming.

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