Flatheads are a non-native/invasive fish in those parts and fisherman are asked/encouraged to never release flatheads caught down there. As much as some of us love to catch them, they can be detrimental to the ecosystem when introduced to a new fishery.It's just a little sad that they had to kill it especially since it didn't replace the rod and reel record of 83 lbs that was set in 07. A fish that big has the best genetics in the river. I'm guessing that it is now dead, what are they going to do with it? I'm guessing they are going to eat it. What a waste.
i have no idea,but i'm sure the studies that have been done,are most likely more credible than the guesstimates of the average fisherman/amateur biologist.How many 100+ pound flatheads have ever been studied?
It's improbable, not impossible. There is also absolutely no evidence to refute those claims either. We just aren't 100% certain when it comes to a lot of things....that i've read show the life expectancy for flatheads to be somewhere around 20 years or so.people talk about them living 40 to 50 or even 100 years,but there is absolutely no evidence to support those claims.
agreed.that's why i said there was no evidence.i believe the the reason it's really an unknown is because not enough research has been done.one thing i'm pretty sure of though,is northern fish would have a longer lifespan than southern fish.It's improbable, not impossible. There is also absolutely no evidence to refute those claims either. We just aren't 100% certain when it comes to a lot of things.
agreed.that's why i said there was no evidence.i believe the the reason it's really an unknown is because not enough research has been done.
That's all I was trying to say, there needs to be more research. A lot of people give some of these top of the line predators like flatheads and others (muskies) a bad name due to the notion that they are eating all of the other game fish which is for the most part not true. I say let the science and concrete evidence do the talking. A fish this large doesn't come around that often, if you don't believe me, look it up.