3/3-4/11 Willamette monster Catfish

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Just got back from the Willamette, was not expecting to catch what I did, fished from 11:15-3:30AM, I tossed a couple strips of Trout meat on a size 5/0 with a sturgeon slider and 2oz, about 45mins on my first cast, my baitrunner started screaming steadily (spinning reel with clicker), after a 7-10 minute fight on 50lb Powerpro with a 50lb Tuffline Leader, I ended up landing a 30lb Channel Cat with a basketball for a stomach, I am pretty pooped from jetty fishing since 6AM and coming back to town just to get right back to fishing, I put the fish in a 250 gallon ice chest with Willy water in it, I plan on trying to get it in the paper and taking some photos once daylight arrives, expect a couple photos possibly around noon tomorrow, this thing is half as big as me. I plan on going back tomorrow and reviving it after photos and what not, I would love to see more of these swimming around.
 
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Put another 6lbs. on him and catch him again, you'll have yourself a State record.
Regardless, 30 pounds is a pig! Nice job.
 
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this thread is worthless without pics LOL glad to hear about your catch, in our cooler waters thats a pretty old fish in my book. looking forwards to the pics
 
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Nice job Drew! Maybe next time you'll catch one even bigger. I'll bet that he/she is in there!
 
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Who knows?! Not me!
I believe it!!! Ive had fish peel my line at night that made me wonder if I had caught a smaller(big) sturgeon down at the Waterfront in d-town Portland, and above the falls at Willamette Park. Ill bet you caught him closer to 3am than 11pm though huh????
 
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Holy Moly drew that rocks!!!!!!!!!!!! I will come over tomorrow I want to see that beast. Did you catch him at the spot we go?
 
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I can't wait for the pics. That's one biga** catfish for Oregon. I'll bet you had your hands full when you got him to the surface.
 
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awesome!!! i look forward to the picture as does everyone else :D
 
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just like my dad said, you never know what your going to catch out of the willy. great job drew it sounds like a beast, can't wait to see pics
 
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I don't have a good quality camera, otherwise I would have brought him inside the house last night, I believe the water in the chest ended up too cold and his body shut down, I feel bad, but mrlindman will be over sometime soon with the camera.
 
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Holy asterisk, Batman!!!!

Get a good photo and I'll ask Anatoliy to put it up on the featured reports banner.
 
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that is so f$$$in sick bro, way to go!!!!!!
 
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whoa Drew! grab your garden hose and cram it in the ice chest and force feed it some water... you can even put it in its mouth on very low for a few minutes.. these fish will live days out of water-
 
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whoa Drew! grab your garden hose and cram it in the ice chest and force feed it some water... you can even put it in its mouth on very low for a few minutes.. these fish will live days out of water-

It read to me as if it were 'too late', am I wrong?
 
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