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A catfishing trip to remember

June 27, 2008 at 11:11 AM

Flooding has the Illinois River up and out of its banks through much of the state. But that didn’t stop Jon Downie (pictured above at left) and Jon Carruthers (pictured above at right) of Princeville from enjoying a great day of hoop netting last Saturday (June 21, 2008) in the Pittsfield area.

We’ll let Carruthers tell the story.

To put the boat in we just backed off the road into a flooded corn field. The guys had eight nets out and we found six of them. The first net that we found fish in only had two fish: a 30-pounder and a 15- to 18-pounder. I was pretty excited about those two fish. Fred said, “That’s nothing take him to the honey hole.”

We ran up river for awhile then pulled up the next net. I really wasn’t ready for what I was about to see. Right when they started to pull the net up you could tell there was a lot of fish in it. They got the net up and it was full of huge cats. We ended up with over 300 pounds of catfish.  We had five fish that had a combined weight of over 200 pounds: 54, 44, 40, 36 and 30 pounds. Besides those fish were several fish between 10-20 pounds. Pretty wild morning. The filets off the big fish were about as long as my arm.

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That really bites!
nobody ever hear of keeping the smaller eater size fish and releasing the bigger hogs.But since the DNR doesn’t have any regulations concerning this issue,there must be plenty of those trophy brutes to go around. Happy fishing

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/27 at 12:26 PM

Who really needs over 300 pounds of catfish!!  Save some for next time or the next lucky angler.  I believe in keeping what you catch but not when it become gluttonous or greedy.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/29 at 11:38 AM

To OJ, If they are using hoopnets, they are licensed commercial fishermen. These catfish will most likely be the ones you’d be ordering at your local restaurant or fish fry (although, I’d imagine they hang on to the big ones rather than section them up) Being commercial, all catches are required to be documented and reported as well as all income.

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 06/30 at 10:38 AM

I always wondered where all the big fish went and why it’s so hard to catch them via hook and line.  Now I know!  What a shame…..

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 07/02 at 10:18 AM

What a waste!These are trophy fish!

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 08/16 at 12:54 PM

makes me want to cry knowing theas trophy fish had to die

Posted by .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) on 10/17 at 01:36 AM

I just came across this website and saw these amazing trophy fish, WOW!!  I love the pics.  My husband and I are fisherman and just dream of these catches.  Then I read the depressing comments about your pics and came to the conclusion that these people are miserable and need to start fishing and catch one of these so they can experience the fun!  Keep up the good work so you can continue making these naysayers day, because they aren’t happy unless they’re griping!

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