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#1355006 - 06/04/09 11:46 AM An Epic Battle With a Beast
rsimms
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Holy Moly St. Josephine!

I got to watch the most epic catfish battle I've seen in years today. Words don't do it justice.

Tait Rassell comes up from Atlanta each summer to visit his grandparents, and thankfully always calls on me. Every trip he has "sized up," last year catching a 35-pounder. Well true to form, Tait "sized up" again today in a big way.

We started out catching good numbers... most 5 to 10 lbs., and one 20-pounder which we were darn proud of.




Then a drift or two later Tait hooked up on what we thought was just going to be another solid fish... but the longer Tait fought, the fish just kept diggin', and and diggin' and diggin'... pulling drag all the way!

Meanwhile we drifted and drifted and drifted. He was using 10# test line, and putting all the pressure on the fish he could. We finally got a glimpse and thought, "well, we beat the 20-pounder." Later a better glimpse and we thought, "Oooo, we've beat 30." And then a better look and we're thinking maybe 40!



But the fish just would not give up... and to complicate matters, he had a deformed lower jaw with a serious underbite, making it nearly impossible for Mr. No Net (me), to get the grabbers on him. We took a picture or two "pre-landing" to insure Tait had photographic evidence.



Then three different times I touched the fish trying to position him to get the grabbers on him.. and the big blue would get another dose of adrenalin and take off again for another ten minutes. I didn't time it, but I know it was nearly a one-hour battle and we drifted nearly a mile down river. As I tell everyone, on light line "it's a matter of patience over power."



Tait did an awesome job and we finally got the grabbers on the solid 50 lb. beast, captured on 10# test line. What a memory. I won't forget that battle for years, if ever.

We caught a few more "little codgers" 5 - 15 lbs, but everything after "The Beast" was somewhat anti-climatic. Of course I told Tait that he's got his work cut out for him if he wants to "size up" on the next trip. Which means life is good and gettin' better every day!

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#1355054 - 06/04/09 12:22 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: ]
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HOLY CRAP!!!
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#1355056 - 06/04/09 12:23 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: spitndrum]
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NICE!
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#1355135 - 06/04/09 01:45 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: Football Hunter]
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definitely a monster on 10lb test!!!!!!
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#1355144 - 06/04/09 02:01 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: spitndrum]
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Nice one for sure.
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#1355194 - 06/04/09 03:10 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: num1medic]
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great fish for 10 pound test
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#1355266 - 06/04/09 04:15 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: LA man]
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Awesome~!
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#1355301 - 06/04/09 04:45 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: bigluresonly]
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Keep postin' Simms ,lovin it!Congrats to the lucky fisherman!Memories made!
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#1355428 - 06/04/09 06:55 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: tennoutdrsman]
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What a great story rsimms...Thats sounds like a trip of a lifetime right there
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#1355507 - 06/04/09 08:06 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: hunter drew]
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Rsimms, I've been enjoying your stories and pics. I showed my son your website and pics and told him we should call you up and schedule a trip sometime in the future.
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#1355527 - 06/04/09 08:20 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: encore06]
Mike Belt
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What pound test line do you recommend?
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#1355541 - 06/04/09 08:30 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: ]
cleatus2506
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I sure hope we can get into the cats like that on the 21st. My dad is chomping at the bit ready to go!
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#1355830 - 06/04/09 11:30 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: Mike Belt]
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 Originally Posted By: Mike Belt
What pound test line do you recommend?


The shallow water, light tackle technique I use, typically 8 lb. or 10 lb. test. But I tell folks that unless you know what you're doing, and everything goes right, there is always potential to "get yer heart broke" on a big fish. But if you're patient, you can obviously whip big fish on light line.

However if I'm fishing deeper water, where it's important to miantain good contact with the bottom, and horse fish up from 60 feet deep, I usually use 50 lb. braid.
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#1356415 - 06/05/09 11:31 AM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: hunter drew]
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Save some for me!
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#1356453 - 06/05/09 12:03 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: spitndrum]
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#1356529 - 06/05/09 12:37 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: hunter drew]
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awesome
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#1357626 - 06/06/09 04:03 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: ]
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#1357663 - 06/06/09 05:51 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: hunter drew]
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Holy smoke!!!
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#1357792 - 06/06/09 09:38 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: hunter drew]
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wow nice fish
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#1357972 - 06/07/09 08:26 AM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: hunter drew]
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I would like to see a picture of that cat's lower jaw. That is a MONSTER!
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#1358032 - 06/07/09 09:49 AM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: ShaneHallum]
rsimms
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 Originally Posted By: ShaneHallum
I would like to see a picture of that cat's lower jaw. That is a MONSTER!


Good point... I wish I'd taken one. But in essence it had a terrible overbite. The upper jaw extended at least 1 to 2 inches over the lower jaw. If he'd had teeth, it would have been a comical case of "buck teeth."

But obviously it has not affected his (or her) ability to eat!
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#1358037 - 06/07/09 10:07 AM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: rsimms]
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That is a STUD.
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#1358322 - 06/07/09 04:41 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: hunter drew]
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What a fish! That is awesome! I would have that picture blown up hangin on my wall and I'm not even a big fisherman!
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#1360279 - 06/09/09 09:48 AM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: rsimms]
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Awesome!
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#1361523 - 06/10/09 06:51 AM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: hunter drew]
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thats awsome
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#1362415 - 06/10/09 04:39 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: SharpEyeGirl]
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wow that's a huge cat
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#1362446 - 06/10/09 05:08 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: hunter drew]
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#1364192 - 06/11/09 08:01 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: TN Deer Slayer]
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Very nice catch...
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#1365066 - 06/12/09 01:58 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: knight88]
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10 lb fish feel big on 10 lb line I cant even imagine what that was like but hope to find out someday
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#1365088 - 06/12/09 02:17 PM Re: An Epic Battle With a Beast [Re: hunter drew]
Taylor Administrator
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nice!
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