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#7400688 - 04/11/12 02:39 PM Trinity Surprise
Rat Trap Press Offline

Registered: 11/06/11
Posts: 89
Loc: Fort Worth
I took the kids out to Trinity Park in Fort Worth yesterday evening to do a little bluegill fishing.

Me and my son had been out to the same spot a few days earlier and caught quite a few nice sized bluegills including a small bass. They weren't interested in biting yesterday but my son did manage to catch what I believe is a warmouth.

We're new to fishing and it's the first time we've come across one of these.

I was using my ultralight setup, a tiny Pflueger President reel (I got it on clearance at Bass Pro) mounted on a Quantum Xtralite rod with 6lb braided line. I really enjoy catching sunfish on tiny crankbaits. As we were getting ready to leave I decided to test a small lipless crankbait that I pulled out of a bargain bin somewhere. I cast it out into the rushing water opposite where we were fishing for sunfish. Something grabbed my lure. It was heavy and fighting hard. I adjusted the drag and whatever it was started peeling line off my reel like crazy. I yelled at my son to grab the fish grippers. After a good hard fight I managed to pull the fish to the surface. It was my first ever catfish. It wasn't a huge fish, at least compared to some of the photos I've seen in the catfish section of this forum, but it's the biggest fish I've ever caught.

I didn't realize until I snapped the photos that we had grabbed the fish by the upper lip. Hopefully we didn't injure him. Some guy who had just arrived to do some fishing walked up and took a couple of photos. He told me that it was a yellow catfish (flathead?). Since you're not supposed to eat fish from the Trinity, he was released to live a long and fruitful life.

I enjoyed the fight and have a new found confidence in my ultralight gear. I might start targeting catfish.


#7400762 - 04/11/12 02:53 PM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: Rat Trap Press]
79scooter Offline
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Registered: 06/09/11
Posts: 1695
Loc: Saginaw Tx
yep, a Flathead

Formerly known as Scooter79

#7400898 - 04/11/12 03:30 PM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: Rat Trap Press]
mrbelvetron Offline

Registered: 02/16/11
Posts: 257
Loc: Tarrant County, Texas
Nice! That's a crazy nice flathead on ultralight! Good job landing him and good job taking the kids!

Chief Wiggum: This is Papa Bear. Put out an APB for a male suspect, driving a... car of some sort, heading in the direction of, uh, you know, that place that sells chili. Suspect is hatless. Repeat, hatless.

#7401096 - 04/11/12 04:13 PM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: Rat Trap Press]
dhogdog Offline
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Registered: 01/04/11
Posts: 1177
Awesome catch RTP. Bet that flathead put up a heck of a good fight. Thanks for posting.

#7401169 - 04/11/12 04:29 PM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: Rat Trap Press]
banker-always fishing Offline
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Registered: 07/12/10
Posts: 37097
Loc: Universal City Tx.
Super job taking your kiddos fishing. fish Also nice Warmouth and Flathead. hooked Good job. cheers


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#7401732 - 04/11/12 06:26 PM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: banker-always fishing]
"Old School" Online   content
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/04/11
Posts: 2472
Loc: Big D
That's still a good sized catfish! thumb

#7402099 - 04/11/12 08:00 PM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: Rat Trap Press]
Gitter Done Offline
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Registered: 02/06/07
Posts: 8677
Loc: San Antonio Tx.
Nice Flatty. Those fish can get Huge. Some of the really big ones can get over 100 pounds. taz Those fish can put up a super fight. boxing

#7402317 - 04/11/12 08:43 PM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: Rat Trap Press]
Fitz® Online   happy
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Registered: 08/12/10
Posts: 8362
Loc: Feeding Time
Enjoyed those pics.

Nice fishing! Hope to see more posts.

Don't worry about the mule, just load the cart
RIP Walter

#7402378 - 04/11/12 08:54 PM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: Rat Trap Press]
Kent Meadows aka Team Hooligan Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 07/04/10
Posts: 1690
Loc: Austin
great post

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#7404199 - 04/12/12 10:37 AM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: Rat Trap Press]
Aquatic Ash Offline
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Registered: 07/10/11
Posts: 1130
Loc: Austin
That's a wicked warmouth! They are cool looking fish. Also nice skills reeling in the kitty!

Catch & Release Texas State Record Holder
12" Bluegill

#7404621 - 04/12/12 12:21 PM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: Rat Trap Press]
AggieAngler'14 Offline

Registered: 10/18/10
Posts: 125
Loc: Fort Worth
Awesome job! I know the feeling, the flathead in my signature was caught on 10 pound test while fishing for perch with nightcrawlers. It's definitely an adrenaline rush!


#7404745 - 04/12/12 12:56 PM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: Rat Trap Press]
TxHunt Offline

Registered: 04/06/10
Posts: 147
Loc: N Fort Worth

Passed by there today on lunch (on I-30) and saw some people fishing down there.

Edited by TxHunt (04/12/12 12:57 PM)

#7404777 - 04/12/12 01:06 PM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: Rat Trap Press]
Don Morey Offline
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Registered: 03/21/10
Posts: 5445
coolphotos texas

#7406380 - 04/12/12 07:00 PM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: Rat Trap Press]
Caribou Offline
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Registered: 05/20/11
Posts: 20944
Loc: Watauga, TX
That's a great flatty.


Arm yourselves, arm your family. Stay safe out there.

#7407737 - 04/13/12 01:56 AM Re: Trinity Surprise [Re: Rat Trap Press]
Laker One Offline
TFF Celebrity

Registered: 07/03/11
Posts: 9161
Loc: San Antonio TX
It is always great seeing family fishing. fish Nice Yellow, and Warmouth! cheers Also welcome to the Texas Fishing Forum. Keep posting those reports. cheers

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