BOB MAINDELLE: Boy lands pending junior document blue catfish at Stillhouse | Out of doors Athletics

On Jan. 29. Joey Sapien, his two sons Easton (age 2) and Wyatt (age 9),

On Jan. 29. Joey Sapien, his two sons Easton (age 2) and Wyatt (age 9), and Joey’s mate David Ross all headed out on Stillhouse Hollow Lake to established out juglines in hopes of catching catfish.

Ross, who piloted the boat, landed a 32-pound blue catfish on this entire body of water past calendar year.

Jugline setups range significantly from angler to angler. Ross’ desired set up includes a 50 % of a brick as the anchoring system, a gallon jug as the float and a heavy duration of braided twine strung concerning the two as the key line. In this major line, Ross ties 3 loops in the braided twine at close to 3 toes, 6 feet and 9 feet over the brick.

One particular finish of a 2-foot-extensive leader made of 250-pound check braided twine is attached to a swivel which is then attached to a trotline quick-launch clip, hence making it possible for one leader to be hooked up to just about every of the three loops in the most important line. On the terminal finish of every single leader, Ross ties an 8/ Bass Professional Shops CatMaxx offset circle hook.

Ross has found that earning the leaders independently detachable allows him continue to be arranged and tangle-free of charge vs . obtaining leaders permanently affixed to the mainline — a big gain, especially when fishing solo.

These kinds of was the setup the 4 anglers would depart established out right away, baited with frozen shad.

At 12:23 p.m. on Jan. 30, the anglers returned to test their lines, this time accompanied by Ross’ mother.

In accordance to Wyatt, “… David made use of his Place-Lock trolling motor to anchor the boat going through into the wind. As I grabbed the jug from the proper side of the boat, I recognized that this individual jug had some excess weight to it and the combat was on! I commenced pulling it up as the line went aspect to side. I retrieved the internet and just in advance of it was netted, I believed the fish experienced spit the hook out, but he was now in the net. It was the major blue cat I have at any time landed in the boat.”

Ross acknowledged the fish had probable as a lake file in the Junior Angler All-Deal with classification, and experienced Sapien cellphone me in my ability as a Texas Parks and Wildlife Office weigh station to make preparations for weighing, measuring and photographing the fish.

The blue catfish weighed 21.5 lbs on a certified scale, and measured 34¼ inches with the mouth closed and tail lobes pinched together, as expected by TPWD.

According to Wyatt’s father, “When he was a young boy at around the age of 1½, (I) would acquire him with (me) on an old jon boat upriver exactly where he caught his very first capture on a trotline. He began to grow each individual yr and catch extra and unique varieties of species from freshwater to saltwater. To this day, when the sunlight is out he asks, “Is it a very good day for fishing?” Wyatt has caught his truthful share of fish through his 9 decades and strives to catch monster catfish each 12 months.”

Sapien and Ross have bundled Wyatt on various fishing adventures, from white bass fishing at Colorado Bend to quite a few ocean outings concentrating on a multitude of species.

Sapien additional, “Wyatt has developed a adore for the activity of fishing and proceeds to discover diverse procedures and places on where to fish and why, relying on the temperature. Wyatt will keep on to try just about every yr to catch bigger and additional fish.”

When asked about his favourite fish to capture, Wyatt named the pink drum, stating its struggle is like no other.

“Fishing in the bay, you never know what you’re likely to capture making use of finger0size mullet,” he said.

Wyatt’s document software was submitted to TPWD on Jan 30. Thanks to delays triggered by COVID-19, and at a time when a lot more men and women are exploring the outdoor as an choice to indoor recreation than at any time before, the TPWD now supplies anglers publishing data with the pursuing automated response:

“Thank you for getting in contact with the Angler Recognition System of Texas Parks and Wildlife, your concept has been been given.  While we try to answer requests for facts instantly, we are presently encountering a large quantity of application submissions and software standing requests. Angler Recognition Award applications are becoming processed in the get they have been acquired. An e-mail notification will be sent to you at the time your application commences the verification approach. Progress on the backlog of awards will be noted on the Fish File and Awards web site as a unique notice. We update this 2 times regular monthly. 

“The Angler Recognition Software group will get the job done tough to produce high quality information and facts and service to you concerning your inquiry or submission.  We take pleasure in your endurance while the Angler Recognition System is in this time of changeover.”