The First Catfish

The First Catfish
First Catfish ever

First Catfish ever

Samuel Willhite

Big Lake Minnesota



Species: Catfish

Date Caught: 08/27/2009

Kept / Released: Released


Region of Catch: Region 1

Length: N/A, I have a fish weight scale i used

Weight: 8


Lure / Bait used: Bait | leech

I was on Cokato Lake in Cokato Minnesota when i was trying to catch some Smallmouth Bass. All of a sudden, I got some serious tugging on the line, and I immediately set the hook using my slip bobber rig and leech. The fight lasted for 10 minutes, and the catfish twice attempted to snap the line by going underneath the pontoon near the sharp metal. I positioned my rod just right to prevent the line from snapping and the fish from getting away, and I landed the fish. It turned out to be an 8 pound channel catfish. I netted the fish, and had my picture taken with my very first catfish and many more to come! :)

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