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#12422535 - 09/11/17 12:55 PM RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH
DarryFowose Offline
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Registered: 08/04/17
Posts: 26
Loc: Fresno Texas
Hello everybody, there's this particular spot that i fish at. It has a lot of alligator gar and catfish.

So this has happened to me like 5 times. There's something that always swallow my hook, this assuming fish always overpowered my rod and my line always broke and I will never see the fish.

Each time this happened, it will dragged me for about 30 minutes. It always dive down the water and probably hide under the rock where it stuck harder to pull and still dragging until my line will cut.

Can anyone suggest what type of fish this can be? can you tell me which Pole/Rod and line is best for this type of monster fish?

Thank you in advanced.
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#12422576 - 09/11/17 01:27 PM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: DarryFowose]
mike9582 Offline
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Registered: 02/18/10
Posts: 286
Loc: Rio Vista
Are there any gators where you are fishing?

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#12422581 - 09/11/17 01:29 PM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: mike9582]
DarryFowose Offline
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Registered: 08/04/17
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Loc: Fresno Texas
Originally Posted By: mike9582
Are there any gators where you are fishing?



I have not seen any, but the water is all brown looking. I always pick up some Mussels there too
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#12422613 - 09/11/17 01:51 PM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: DarryFowose]
Sirjet Offline
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Loc: Duncanville
You might be hooking into Laugerhead turtle. I have caught some very very big ones in Texas. They tend to lock down on the bottom.
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#12422616 - 09/11/17 01:52 PM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: DarryFowose]
channeldiver Offline
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Registered: 02/17/17
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Loggerhead turtle maybe?

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#12422640 - 09/11/17 02:01 PM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: Sirjet]
DarryFowose Offline
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Registered: 08/04/17
Posts: 26
Loc: Fresno Texas
Originally Posted By: Sirjet
You might be hooking into Laugerhead turtle. I have caught some very very big ones in Texas. They tend to lock down on the bottom.


Can those turtle get big enough to overpowered me? like 50-100 pounds?
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#12422644 - 09/11/17 02:02 PM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: channeldiver]
DarryFowose Offline
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Loc: Fresno Texas
Originally Posted By: channeldiver
Loggerhead turtle maybe?



Can those turtle get big enough to overpowered me? like 50-100 pounds?
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#12422947 - 09/11/17 05:08 PM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: DarryFowose]
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I recall when my Dad killed a loggerhead turtle. Took the shell/carcass and placed it onto a large ant den in a cow pasture. He covered it with a big washtub and left it for months. (I don't recall how many) The ants ate all of the flesh and Dad was left with a "clean" turtle shell.
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#12422954 - 09/11/17 05:12 PM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: DarryFowose]
Dan_n_Texas Online   content
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By: DarryFowose
Originally Posted By: channeldiver
Loggerhead turtle maybe?



Can those turtle get big enough to overpowered me? like 50-100 pounds?

From a website "These turtles can grow very large - over 100 pounds, the largest being 219 pounds - and are very powerful."

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#12423631 - 09/12/17 09:03 AM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: DarryFowose]
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Loc: Euless
A big flathead will sometimes go to the bottom and stick itself down there. Will feel like you are hung up on a log.
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#12424344 - 09/12/17 06:28 PM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: Muzzlebrake]
DarryFowose Offline
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Registered: 08/04/17
Posts: 26
Loc: Fresno Texas
Originally Posted By: Muzzlebrake
A big flathead will sometimes go to the bottom and stick itself down there. Will feel like you are hung up on a log.


This is exactly my thot because I always feel like I'm hung up on a log.
This always happens each time i use a Hot Dog bait...

I hope the fish will not die as it swallow completely before i start pulling and then my line get cut
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#12424575 - 09/12/17 08:50 PM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: DarryFowose]
Catfish Lynn Offline
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Registered: 06/03/10
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Loc: Bryan, Texas
A big Op's (YellowCat) instinct for the most part, is to dive to get under a log, under a rock, or to lock itself in the mud if it can't find structure to get under.

Best thing, is to catch it by reeling it in before it can get under structure, then you will find out whether it is a Big Yellow, Huge Turtle, or small Gator. If you are using 20# test, go 50#. If you are using 50# test, then go 75 if possible.
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#12424586 - 09/12/17 08:56 PM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: Catfish Lynn]
DarryFowose Offline
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Registered: 08/04/17
Posts: 26
Loc: Fresno Texas
Originally Posted By: Catfish Lynn
A big Op's (YellowCat) instinct for the most part, is to dive to get under a log, under a rock, or to lock itself in the mud if it can't find structure to get under.

Best thing, is to catch it by reeling it in before it can get under structure, then you will find out whether it is a Big Yellow, Huge Turtle, or small Gator. If you are using 20# test, go 50#. If you are using 50# test, then go 75 if possible.


Thank you very much for your suggestion Lynn, Yes, I will go to walmart and buy all new 50 lbs line, reel, and pole.

Do you think the whatever may die because the hook might have hurt their stomach when dragging with me?
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#12424669 - 09/12/17 09:55 PM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: DarryFowose]
big10 Offline
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Registered: 06/12/06
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Loc: Temple, Texas
Switch to braided line, if your not currently using it. Braid will have no stretch and will help you get the fish out of the nasty stuff it is in.

80 lb braid is my preference


Edited by big10 (09/12/17 09:55 PM)
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#12425070 - 09/13/17 10:36 AM Re: RECOMMENDATION ON MONSTER FISH [Re: big10]
DarryFowose Offline
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Registered: 08/04/17
Posts: 26
Loc: Fresno Texas
Originally Posted By: big10
Switch to braided line, if your not currently using it. Braid will have no stretch and will help you get the fish out of the nasty stuff it is in.

80 lb braid is my preference



Thank You Big10,

I just ordered 80lbs braided line green color. I ordered some size 8 of circle hooks too. I will go to walmart and get a short pool. Yeahhhh.... I must get that monster out.
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