Skip to main content

two awesome pond cats!

two awesome pond cats!

Tyson Brosh

Scranton Iowa



Well it was about two in the afternoon and I thought to myself why sit at home and do nothing at all when I could be out doin one of my most favorite things to ever and thats fish! Well you see, my neibor has a pond that he only lets his neibors and his family fish. So I grabbed my very small tand old tackle box I got when i was 10 and my two favorite fishing poles.One of those fishing poles I had just restrobg the day before with 20lb test triline and the oher i just have set up for bass fishing. After i grabbed my stuff and put them in my car i headed down to my neighbors and asked if i can fish his awesome pond,he then said yes. Well I got walked down to his pond and walked to the end of his deck he made that almost stretches to the middle of his pond.I grabed my sponge hook and a stick and mashed it down in my stink bait container and cast it into the pond.After about 15min my pool started to bend hard and rapidly bounced so I ran over to it and set the hook and realed in the first monster cat. Then I rebaited my sponge hook with stink bait and casted again.After about 20 min my pole once again jerked and bounced,so i ran over again and set the hook and caught the second monster.Then once again I repeated my bait and cast process.After about 20-25 mi my pool jerked harder then I have ever seen it jerk before,I had to run pretty fast to get it because it almost went into the pond.When i grabbed my pool and set the hook I could tell I had a big fish! My line was goin all over the place and my pole was bending bad,I thought it was going to snap! I finnaly got the fish to the deck nd i could see it threw the water, it was the biggest channel cat i had ever seen! The head on it was probably 6-7 inches wide and the body was prob 40 inches long, if not more! I moved fast to get on my knees to grab it by the mouth and bring this badboy out of the water.My thumb was probably 1 inch from the giants mouth when in 1 swift move the fish jerked his head and snapped my line.My heart sank as I watched as the biggest fish I "almost" caught swam down into the depths of the water with my line and sponge hook dangling from his mouth.After that I got up and grabbed my other trophies to take home.That night I shared not only my to fish, but also my amazing story of "almost" catching a giant cat,with my family.

Species: Channel Catfish

Date Caught: 06/18/2011


Kept / Released: Kept

Region of Catch: Region 1

Length: 26"


Weight:

Lure / Bait used: Bait | stink bait

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

The True Story of the Bass Boat Hero Who Broke the Internet

The True Story of the Bass Boat Hero Who Broke the Internet

“If that engine starts without my kill switch on, I ain't the one driving it,” Blake Broussard says after ejection video goes viral.

Drop-Shotting For Smallies

Drop-Shotting For Smallies

The In-Fisherman crew head to Lake Erie to catch smallmouth bass.

Channel Cats on Ice

Channel Cats on Ice

The In-Fisherman staff reveals some of the hottest action of the winter season, as they show how to ice 20-pound channel catfish.

Lake Superior Whitefish on Ice

Lake Superior Whitefish on Ice

Doug Stange joins Capt. Aron Kastern on Lake Superior near Ashland, Wisconsin where they go after whitefish on ice.

See More Popular Videos

Trending Articles

You're going to love this Beer-Battered Fish Fingers Recipe! These deep-fried walleye strips are tasty and dress up nicely when served in a basket or on a plate with fresh fruit such as grapes and strawberries.Beer-Battered Fish Fingers Recipe Fish Recipes

Beer-Battered Fish Fingers Recipe

In-Fisherman

You're going to love this Beer-Battered Fish Fingers Recipe! These deep-fried walleye strips...

Fall presents opportunities for both numbers and trophy fish.Stellar Late-Season Destinations for Panfish Panfish

Stellar Late-Season Destinations for Panfish

Steve Ryan - October 25, 2020

Fall presents opportunities for both numbers and trophy fish.

A bumping rod is the unicorn of fishing rods because building the right rod for bumping feels impossible at times.Selecting a Bumping Rod and Reel for Catfish Catfish

Selecting a Bumping Rod and Reel for Catfish

David Harrison - October 28, 2020

A bumping rod is the unicorn of fishing rods because building the right rod for bumping feels...

Introduced species often directly or indirectly adversely affect native species.Questioning Fish Introductions Other Fish

Questioning Fish Introductions

Dr. Hal Schramm - July 06, 2020

Introduced species often directly or indirectly adversely affect native species.

See More Trending Articles

More Master Angler

7 Pound Giant! Master Angler

7 Pound Giant!

Jason Beach - September 11, 2013



Timothy Steinmetz
Escanaba Michigan

I had a couple of hours to spend this afternoon, so IBig Summer Pike Master Angler

Big Summer Pike

August 20, 2013

Timothy Steinmetz Escanaba Michigan I had a couple of hours to spend this afternoon, so I



Quinn Leonard
Reading MI

On a fishing trip to Lake St. Clair with my dad and grandpa, we spent51" Muskie Master Angler

51" Muskie

August 26, 2013

Quinn Leonard Reading MI On a fishing trip to Lake St. Clair with my dad and grandpa, we...



Dave Strom
Decorah Iowa

Caught this giant a couple weeks ago from a trout stream around DecorahGiant Brown Trout Master Angler

Giant Brown Trout

September 03, 2013

Dave Strom Decorah Iowa Caught this giant a couple weeks ago from a trout stream around...

See More Master Angler

Magazine Cover

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE Arrow

Buy Digital Single Issues

Don't miss an issue.
Buy single digital issue for your phone or tablet.

Buy Single Digital Issue on the In-Fisherman App

Other Magazines

Special Interest Magazines

See All Special Interest Magazines

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Phone Icon

Get Digital Access.

All In-Fisherman subscribers now have digital access to their magazine content. This means you have the option to read your magazine on most popular phones and tablets.

To get started, click the link below to visit mymagnow.com and learn how to access your digital magazine.

Get Digital Access

Not a Subscriber?
Subscribe Now