Brett Oetting

3.0 lb. Fish caught by Brett Oetting fishing in California on 08/01/12

Posted by Brett Oetting over 8 years ago

3.0 lb. Fish caught by Brett Oetting fishing in California on 08/01/12
19.0" / 3.0 lb. Unknown fish caught by Brett Oetting fishing on Wednesday August 01, 2012 at 10:00 near Bakersfield in Kern County, California (CA), United States North America using a Spinnerbait by Mepps

I was using ultralight tackle and this decent-sized catfish hit my Mepps spinner for some reason. I had to fight him for about 5 minutes before reeling him in, which was the most fun I've had fishing in a long time. I couldn't find my stringer so in a moment of inspiration/stupidity, I pulled the cord from the waistband of my shorts, dropped the fish, tied a small loop, dropped the fish again, ran the looped end through his gill and out the mouth, dropped him a third time, ran the cord back through the loop and got him in the water alive despite my best efforts. The cord from my shorts is in the photo if you look close. Some would say that's dedication, my wife says otherwise. The guys across the lake had a good laugh at my expense.

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Brett Oetting

Dennis, I looked at another photo of that catfish and figure his length was closer to 19". Hard to tell though because I had him gripped in the middle and he swayed away from the camera at both ends. I also over estimated the weight after looking at some charts and would put it closer to 3#. I guess that ultralight tackle (Berkley Cherrywood 5' with 4# Stren) would make most any fish seem bigger than it really was.

Posted by Brett Oetting over 8 years ago

Dennis Huskins

Great story! Nice channel Cat, nice photo. 4 pounds is to high or what I suspect is that fish was a bit longer ? 19"

Posted by Dennis Huskins Elite Member over 8 years ago

Ever Aguilar

nice catfish brotha

Posted by Ever Aguilar Expert Member over 8 years ago

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