Missouri Record Fish Stories – Flathead Catfish

Missouri Record Fish Stories – Flathead Catfish


(MUSIC)
NARRATOR: Nature is not lost in our great cities. It is there, hiding in plain sight. In downtown Kansas City, just below the bridges
that span the mighty Missouri, a drama is played out nearly every weekend; it’s an
intricate dance between man and fish. Jake Allman: Big Flatheads. They are the baddest fish in the water wherever
they exist. They are the apex predator. There is nothing that swims that they won’t
eat. There is plenty of food in the river for these
big catfish and they are doing really well. NARRATOR: The game is fishing with trotlines,
and Mathew McConkey and Wesley Coke play it well. It works like this; each fisherman is allowed
33 hooks in the water per day, usually three 10 hook lines. It’s a bit of a team sport, with driving
the boat and baiting the lines, but whoever’s name is on the line is considered the angler,
and the potential record holder Mathew McConkey: We always joke about it and
we always say, “It’s the hundred pounder”. Every time we pull up to a line we say, “It’s
the hundred pounder!” NARRATOR: Those jokes had a ring of prophecy. On September 19th, 2015 that prediction came
true. Wesley Coke: Well when I first pulled it I
thought, well we are snagged up, and there it went. Mathew: It was pulling hard; you could tell
it was a big fish. Wesley: It took off eight feet. It took the boat with it eight feet, which
is unheard of. Mathew: Man, that was the biggest fish I have
ever seen, …ever. NARRATOR: The previous alternative method
state record for a Flathead was 99 pounds. The boys knew that every ounce was going to
count. An accurate scale was an absolute necessity. Jake Allman: They were excited. I said OK, let me make a phone call and I
found us a certified scale. NARRATOR: The official final weight: 100 pounds
and zero ounces! The prophesy had come true, they had their
hundred pounder. And due to Mathew McConkey’s name on the
trotline, he possesses the new alternative method state record for Flathead Catfish. NARRATOR: But not to rest on there laurels,
there is another prize out there…just waiting. Mathew: We get pretty serious. We fish a lot. Wesley: We are hoping to break it. We are after the world record. Mathew: Yeah. (MUSIC)

19 thoughts on “Missouri Record Fish Stories – Flathead Catfish

  1. Trotline. Really. They need to ban them things. And I never seen in my 10 years of fishing the river a trot/limb line that was labeled. R.I.P 100 lb Flathead Catfish. You died for no reason

  2. Trot lines are killing the water ways in Missouri the amount of rope and lines with hooks along the banks is horrible.
    The mdc is almost a joke they don't check people and not to mention I've fished for 5 years and never once seen a mdc agent out lol.

  3. There shouldn't be any records kept for "alternative methods", it promotes the useless slaughter of trophy fish. There's no skill involved in this, no angling, just raping the river of its natural resources. I hope they never get a "world record", no use in more fish dying for their pride. Even if I broke my state record, I wouldn't care, or turn it in. The fish would be released where it was caught, I don't need my name on a list to feel accomplished.

  4. They need to remove Trotlines and start getting rid of jugs too, it isnt fishing at all, it is trapping. I dont know how many unlabeled lines I have found on Truman and how many jugs floating with dead fish on them. If MDC wants to make some real money, they need to ban lines and jugs and add a slot limit to Flatheads, limit 1 over the slot to be kept and maybe in 10 years, Truman Lake and LoZ could be world class like Wheeler Lake in Alabama. People would come here from surrounding states to catch a Missouri Catfish. MDC also needs to promote CPR.

  5. Nice fish, Looks like your having fun. I just subscribe will you please do the same for me and pass my YouTube channel around. I just posted Videos of my family fishing with me

  6. Sad but true sucks my state holds the world record at 123 on rod and reel and mo let’s them claim state records on trout lines rather say I caught a 100 pounder on rod and real

  7. Using trot lines is a mainstay of Missouri fishing. They are monitored well by mo. dept of conservation. Congrats to these two young men on their catch. Putting out a trot line is dangerous business. It’s not just throw it out there.

  8. I bet that fish died it probably lived along time and probably could of lived longer and got bigger I love fishing I always put the big ones back catch photo and release is a respected way to put it

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