Flathead Wake Up Call

Norton Flathead

Chris Huber


My son Tom, two brothers Eric & Doug, and nephew Josh decided a long over due cat fishing trip was in order. We headed to Sebelius Reservoir, and spread out on a cove for some night fishing action. The fishing was pretty slow, but we did manage to catch a few small channels. At 3:00 am, as Tom and I were dozing next to our poles, my Okuma baitrunner started sounding off, As I let the circle hook set up, the drag started sounding off. After a fun fight keeping the fish out of the logs, and Tom getting wet helping to land it, I had the biggest flathead I ever caught with a rod & reel on the bank. After some quick measurements and pictures, we released it back into the lake.Nothing like a bent rod and screaming drag to wake a guy up!

Species: Flathead Catfish

Date Caught: 06/23/2013

Kept / Released: Released

Region of Catch: Region 1

Length: 44 inches


Lure / Bait used: Bait | 3 inch green sunfish

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