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Swamp Mafia
3/22/2013 6:15:20 AM

Strong wind out of the SSE. Temp in the mid 60's. setting on sheltered shorelines. Lots of channels tonight. 11/0 circles 2' under jugs in 4'-6' fow near structure.

Catch Details

Flathead Catfish
Lake Houston

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live perch


    1. getsome42085 0
      That's some river monsters Jeremy wade type of fish lol
    2. catfishkid 0
      jealous is an understatement
    3. TCscorpio 0
      You really slaughter the fish... I need a guide like you lol.
    4. Swamp Mafia 0
      @Codygreen721 thanks.
    5. Codygreen721 0
      you got mad skills man ...respect
    6. Swamp Mafia 0
      @Flathead_Grant yes. It's still out there as far as I know.
    7. Flathead_Grant 0
      did you release it? @SwampMafia
    8. Swamp Mafia 0
      @hollyh451 no, but I could teach the class.
    9. hollyh451 0
      You went to college for this, didn't you? :P
    10. Swamp Mafia 0
      @ddao22 I would look around structure, and places they can hide. Under cut banks, log jams/log piles, rock piles, and thick brush. Live sunfish and bullheads work ...more best.
    11. Swamp Mafia 0
      @Dawson_miller first thing with ponds, you can't catch what's not there. If they are in there live bait like bullheads or sunfish at night work best.
    12. ddao22 0
      @SwampMafia where would you look for them on a heavy current on bends? Or with rocks on the bends? And what bait do you recommend live sunfish for the yellows? Thanks ...more mad
    13. Dawson_miller 0
      hey i have been trying to catch a flathead in a pretty small pond and i was wondering if you could give me advice because u definitly know what you're doing.
    14. Swamp Mafia 0
      @ddao22 i don't know the water, but I'm sure after some good scouting and some trial and error I could catch a fish out of there.
    15. ddao22 0
      I know there's some big ones in ther waiting to be caught, not like this one but still in the 50s! You should hit me up if you decide to go you obviously know ...more what you're doing haha
    16. Swamp Mafia 0
      @ddao22 thanks, but I have not fished there. I'm going to try it one of these days.
    17. ddao22 0
      This thing is insane. Have you fished buffalo bayou for cats ever?
    18. Destroy_my_bass 0
      Step it up bro
    19. Swamp Mafia 0
      @catfishboy216 I don't give out my number, but you can send me a private message.
    20. catfishboy216 0
      What is your number
    21. bruton9 0
      Monster yellow by the way daaaaammmnnn!! Ha ha nice
    22. Swamp Mafia 0
      @bruton9 I have not been on the trinity in a while. It's about time for me to take a trip down there.
    23. bruton9 0
      Swampmafia been a while.... How u been making out on that big ol trinity??
    24. brianuhr 0
      My dream fish
    25. Swamp Mafia 0
      @catfisher4221 one of my biggest cats.
    26. catfisher4221 0
      Monster all that can be said
    27. ThomasOwen7 0
      Yea, Nickkaderli
    28. Nickkaderli 0
      That's crazy big!
    29. Swamp Mafia 0
      @tdeese thanks, and it is quite fun!
    30. tdeese 0
      That's a nice flathead man I wish we could jug fish where I live I bet it's a blast
    31. Swamp Mafia 0
      @Benge Thanks. I use 165 lb. braided nylon
    32. Benge 0
      Nice shovel head very impressive . What lb test line do you use or do you use Dacron or braid
    33. Swamp Mafia 0
      @FishinJordan I use live sunfish more than anything, next is dead sunfish, then cut carp/buffalo, and shad.
    34. FishinJordan 0
      What is your opinion the best catfish bait? Shad or carp? (Since they're oily fish)
    35. RyanEllis 0
      Oh still a monster fish!
    36. Swamp Mafia 0
      @RyanEllis I did not weigh it, just photo and release. Thanks.
    37. RyanEllis 0
      How much did he weigh!! Great fish!
    38. USMC2013 0
      Thank you so much
    39. Swamp Mafia 0
      @USMC2013 I catch most of my catfish in 1-6 foot of water 2-4 being my normal target depth. I like to be near or in structure and where creeks flow into river/lakes.
    40. USMC2013 0
      One last question if you got the time, where are the best places to find them? Like what's their favorite homes?
    41. USMC2013 0
      Heck yeah thank you very much!!
    42. Swamp Mafia 0
      @USMC2013 yes, big flatheads love bullheads. I have a pic of how I hook bullheads in my blerts for reference. Some times big blue cats will also go after live bullheads.
    43. USMC2013 0
      But big cats like that will hit live bullhead
    44. Swamp Mafia 0
      @USMC2013 I've never fished for pike, so I don't know how to avoid them. I use cut baits for cats in the winter. Baits like carp, buffalo, perch, and shad. ...more Pike may not hit live bullhead.
    45. USMC2013 0
      Any other suggestions?
    46. USMC2013 0
      Not very often but when we do that we end up just pullin out pike, which isn't bad but I love cats more
    47. Swamp Mafia 0
      @USMC2013 have you tried big live bait around dusk?
    48. USMC2013 0
      The picture of the big channel cat I posted is the biggest I've caught around here. Nothin like that big flat head
    49. Swamp Mafia 0
      @USMC2013 thanks. I bet you have plenty of good cats in your area!
    50. USMC2013 0
      Nice cat man, to bad you can't find em like that here in northern indiana
    51. Swamp Mafia 0
      @tommy25 Thanks.
    52. salt life 25 0
      Wow....Nice Catch...
    53. Glen Barton 0
      I think it may have. Had some current pushing through also.
    54. Swamp Mafia 0
      @glen007 that rain may have messed up the normal feeding activity.
    55. Glen Barton 0
      Didn't have any luck tonight. It was to muddy I think.
    56. Glen Barton 0
      Thanks man
    57. Swamp Mafia 0
      @glen007 Good luck out there.
    58. Glen Barton 0
      Around 9pm sorry. That's what I really want. Probably just take a picture and let it go. That's what I was looking at. Hopefully that moon will have them ...more moving.
    59. Swamp Mafia 0
      @glen007 9 am or 9 pm? The chance of getting a flathead is much better at night. Going to be a full moon! Tilapia work well.
    60. Glen Barton 0
      Okay cool. Well it's gonna either be tomorrow or Saturday and I was gonna go out around 9ish. And just have you ever used live tilapia for your jug fishing?
    61. Swamp Mafia 0
      @glen007 boat houses on the north west side of the lake, or up the San jack by log piles or any structure. Steep banks and overhangs creek mouths are also good. ...more What time are you going out?
    62. Glen Barton 0
      I'm gonna be jug fishing the north end of lake Houston tomorrow. You got any suggestion on areas where I could get some flatheads. I've never caught one ...more before and I've been trying but unsuccessful.
    63. flounderpounder88 0
      Good lord that's a beast!!!
    64. Aaron Plybon 0
      Well that's an awesome fish bro . I wish I could get them like that around here in Ohio
    65. Swamp Mafia 0
      @atp I did not weigh it, just pulled it out of the water long enough to to unhook and photo it, then release.
    66. Aaron Plybon 0
      That's got to be the biggest flathead I've seen... What was the weight??
    67. GizmosBait 0
      This is the kind of catch I'm talkin about right here! I've beer got a cat over 30" before I want to find me a good spot around San Antonio to land ...more a bigen like that. Need bigger hooks first.
    68. radiofisher 0
      If you need a partner to go to lake Houston just let me know. I'm always ready! Nice fishing!
    69. Xai Yang 0
      Wow! Great catch! Never seen flats that big up here in Mn before..
    70. Jessica11 0
    71. devon67 0
    72. houston826 0
      Ur on hunting scouts I am to
    73. Swamp Mafia 0
      @RiverMonster 165 lb braided nylon. Not the Normal fishing line braid.
    74. Truman Holbrook 0
      Braid or mono
    75. meat 0
    76. aaron yandle 0
      I think 8/0 and up
    77. GTeam 0
      Brother I will DEF need some of your pics. I'm JUST gettin started. Bigger and better things to come
    78. Swamp Mafia 0
      @GTeam If you make more videos and need some big fish pics feel free to use any of my pics.
    79. GTeam 0
      @SwampMafia Good deal brother. Mission accomplished.
    80. Swamp Mafia 0
      @GTeam I just watched it, it was great, professional and it made me want to download fishing scout again! @charlesauler this one was in my top 10 biggest, I don't ...more weight fish very often.
    81. charlesauler 0
      what's ur biggest cat
    82. GTeam 0
      Hey brother, have you had a chance to see the new Fishing Scout video? Search it on You Tube. I featured you in the video. Check it out
    83. Maaon 0
      Thanks @SwampMafia
    84. Swamp Mafia 0
      @pikeboy Best way to get big cats is use a big live bait.
    85. Maaon 0
      I wish I could catch fish that big @SwampMafia !
    86. Swamp Mafia 0
      @Tomkat07 I fish the north end and the river and creeks. I fish structure in the shallows most of the time.
    87. Brent 0
      way better. However I don't fish the perch then go jug. I just cast and jug lol.
    88. Brent 0
      Bert, what part of the lake you jugging brother. I do it south of the railroad. Putting in at Indian shores. Not caught any that big. But I have not used perch ,just ...more shad. I know perch and cut bait is
    89. blake phillips 0
      Oh hahaha I here people call mud cats yellow cats @dcockrum16
    90. Swamp Mafia 0
      @dcockrum16 I started with a 808 then went to the big spool and then to the AMS retriever. I still have all of them.
    91. dcockrum16 0
      I have a zebco 808 on my bows
    92. Swamp Mafia 0
      @dcockrum16 Drum reel? Spinner? Retriever?
    93. dcockrum16 0
      I shoot a bear odssey 2 and a pse spyder
    94. Swamp Mafia 0
      @dcockrum16 North side of Houston. I have shot on Livingston and under it and fished most of the water from there to the bay.
    95. dcockrum16 0
      So du u live any where around lake livingston or the trinity river
    96. Swamp Mafia 0
      @dcockrum16 I shoot an AMS Fire Eagle with retriever and 400# fast flight I could not give an exact number of fish last year but it was several thousand.
    97. dcockrum16 0
      So much fun do u use compound if shot of 200 gar last year and about 90 carp
    98. Swamp Mafia 0
      I have been bowfishing for over 20 yrs. look back at some of my blerts for some bowfishing pics. @dcockrum16
    99. dcockrum16 0
      Sorry man idk im only 14 ever try bowfishing lot of fun
    100. Swamp Mafia 0
      @dcockrum16 I hear them called that around here, but I try to call them by the real names to avoid mixups like this. Both are correct.
    101. dcockrum16 0
      Oh sorry thats wat we call em round here
    102. Swamp Mafia 0
      @thebasscatcher @dcockrum16 Yellow cat is one of many common names for the flathead catfish.
    103. dcockrum16 0
      Its a yellow cat
    104. blake phillips 0
      Flatty @dcockrum16
    105. dcockrum16 0
      Thats a yellow cat
    106. MrPopular 0
      Congrats! You made it on the popular page on Mar 25, 2013!
    107. MrPopular 0
      Congrats! You made it on the popular page on Mar 24, 2013!
    108. BASS_TARD 0
      Can anybody say dam
    109. Swamp Mafia 0
      @NorthTexasSportsmen Thanks.
    110. NorthTexasSportsmen 0
      Wholly cow! We used to live around the corner and fish that lake all the time. Nice work! Thanks for sharing!
    111. MrPopular 0
      Congrats! You made it on the popular page on Mar 23, 2013!
    112. Swamp Mafia 0
      @cowboy713 Thanks! @RexDelRey those two were the only ones over 20lbs, but ended up landing 28. It could make for some great video.
    113. Rex Rex 0
      Bro - we gotta catch this type of action on video.
    114. Chris Skinner 0
      The mafia strikes again! Great cat brother!
    115. dallin dallin 0
      Ok thanks man
    116. Swamp Mafia 0
      @elkaholic I hook them above the spine and behind the dorsal fin. I also have a pic of how I do it, just look back at my blerts.
    117. dallin dallin 0
      How do you hook the perch? @SwampMafia
    118. jonholbrook 0
      I've noticed that as well
    119. Swamp Mafia 0
      @MulletHead I have some 7/0 eagle claws that are bigger than my 11/0 mustads. It does not seem the industry has standardized circle hook sizes.
    120. dstreger 0
    121. Gabe Mitchell 0
      11/0 mustads? Seems like the sizing is different for each hook maker.
    122. Swamp Mafia 0
      @baitslinger This one came from the North East side of the lake, where the San jack hits the lake.
    123. baitslinger 0
      Man you have some awesome catches. Everytime I put my jugs out on Houston people are messing with them. What part of the lake are you in?
    124. Swamp Mafia 0
      @jonholbrook @Alex4428 Thanks guys. @MrOutdoorsman yes, an old Jon boat. @BrazyT I release almost all cats over 10lbs. Thanks.
    125. BrazyT 0
      Way to go @SwampMafia that's a nice one! And it takes a great outdoorsman to release a monster like that much props
    126. MrOutdoorsman 0
      Are u guys on boats when u catch those
    127. Alex4428 0
      Dang that's how a catfish should be
    128. jonholbrook 0
      Now that's a catfish
    129. Swamp Mafia 0
      @matt Size= big. It was released.
    130. Matt Dobson 0
      Haha. What's the size on that guy? Great info.
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