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Big Fish Fridays: Old flatheads

August 20, 2010 at 03:53 PM

Ponder this the next time you catch a massive flathead catfish and take it home for a fish fry.

Last Tuesday while fishing with Guide Matt Jones on the Rock River, Scott Dean of East Peoria (pictured above) caught a 40-inch, 32-pound flathead catfish. The fish had been tagged by the Department of Natural Resources in 2001 when it was 36 inches long and weighed 22 pounds.

In other words, the fish added just 10 pounds in nine years. Now imagine how long it takes a flathead to reach 50, 60 and 70 pounds.

As for Dean, he was happy to release that fish and a 53.15-pounder also caught that same day. And he was sure to thank his wife, Ann Dean, who bought him the trip as a 14th anniversary present.

Jones is pictured below holding that 53-pounder.

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Kudos on the monster Flats!  Nice to see some other people out their believe in catch and release.

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Congratulations Matt and Scott on a GREAT day!
Thank you for CPR’ing those beauties!!

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I love how they taste

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