This was probably our last Flathead trip of the year. After exploring Little Black water River the other day all I could think about was some of them holes back in there. I told my brother about it and he said he was down with a all nighter to end the year with.
We gathered up a few bluegills, bought some shiners and shrimp for a wider variety of baits in case there was only blues and channels.
We launched at Lillian and ran across the bay a little bumpy but not to bad at 40mph.
We sat up on the first spot, it was the head of a 30 foot hole. As soon as the sun set the first pole was slammed. We lost that guy pretty quickly. It didn't take long to get another, a good sized eater about 5-6lbs. He ended up being our second biggest behind the big fish for the night after losing a few other nice fish.
The big fish came about 3:30am, the river was foggy as hell and we could barely see anything on camera. He hit very soft like a turtle. We had some issues with snapping turtles to say the least.
After we got him in the boat he took a big crap all over me that stunk like hell. We tried to weight the fish out there but the batteries in my digital scale was dead "figures" there was no way I was letting this fish go with out a accurate weight since he looked over 40lbs.
I figured I would just bring him home and put him a my 400 Gallon bait tank until I got him weighed. Well that didn't work out too well. I guess the tap water killed him so now he is in my freezer. Since he is my personal best at 36.5lbs ill have him mounted and put on the wall. A great way to end 2012. He also had a double whisker that looked pretty neat. He was a Alabama fish so I don't feel to bad about him dying.
We got the few channel cats on a adjacent flat across from a deep hole on shrimp and minnows as well as some small eater Flatheads. No Blues.