A Fish Story

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    A guy who lives at Lake Conroe, 50 miles north of Houston, saw a ball bouncing around kind of strange in the lake and went to investigate. It turned out to be a flathead catfish that had apparently tried to swallow a basketball which became stuck in its mouth!!

    The fish was totally exhausted from trying to dive, but unable to, because the ball would always bring him back up to the surface. The guy tried numerous times to get the ball out, but was unsuccessful. He finally had his wife cut the ball in order to deflate it and release the hungry catfish.

    You probably wouldn't have believed this, if you hadn't seen the following pictures:

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    I better stock up on those for resale! The new catfish lure! :lol:
     
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    ahhh good for them...happy ending to a fish story..thanks for sharing that...and you got to love the pics
     
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    Wow! Great pics!
     
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    People put so much time and effort and take such pride in making up a batch of 'stink bait' for catfish fishing. Hell... just tie a string around a basketball and throw it in the water... :lol:
     
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    I'm going to put this to the test. Next year I'm going to take a fishing trip over the Mississippi, tie some heavy fish line around a basketball and throw it in the river. If a big old cat, or something else, tries to swallow it, I'll have one of the best fish stories to tell ever. I'll have done it rather than read about it.
     
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    Um. A) How'd she/they get the catfish to the boat? B) How'd she/they hold it still long enough to slice through the basketball?

    That's not a small fish, and basketballs aren't all that thin...
     
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    I guess the fish didn't have enough energy to swim away. It had wore itself out trying to dive with the ball in it's mouth, so they were easily able to come up to it in a boat. Looks like they just moved it towards the boat with an oar in one pic.
     
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    Ahh. Curious, cuz the dude's standing in less than 2' of water with nothing tied around, or attached to the fish

    (Sorry.. I tend to pick internet pics apart..)
     
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    By God you're right... he is standing in shallow water. I thought they were in a boat since that one pic has them moving the cat with an oar. You don't think someone would have caught the fish and then stuffed that basketball in it's mouth just to see if it fit, and then made up the story? ... :eusa_eh:
     

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