Fish story: Big Community pond catfish caught on garage sale-bought fishing rod

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Greenfield Pond (Mesa)

Craig S.:  I caught this cat at Greenfield pond on (Friday) the eighth. As you can see on the scale picture it was 12 lbs. 11 oz. and with all the excitement in and adrenaline I had going on I neglected to get a picture of the measurement before we dropped her back in, but it did measure 39 5/8” nose to folded tail.

This pole I just happened to pick up earlier that day at a garage sale a few houses down from mine. I picked up three poles for a few dollars and took them back home then, tore down the reels, cleaned them up and re-lubed, filled them halfway with mono backing and the rest with 10-pound braid.

I got there about 5:30 p.m.  and baited the lines with PowerBait and another one with floater worm and garlic Powerball for trout. Wanted to catch a couple of fish to test out the rods make sure everything was OK.

I was a few feet away talking to a couple other guys that were fishing there and all of a sudden my pole jumped out of the holder and I heard the line peeling away (2 lbs roughly drag) I dashed back over to pick it up and start reeling. It took about 12-13 minutes to finally get to the point where we could land it. The adrenaline rush I got took my back pain away for about a half hour to 45 minutes as I’m on long-term disability from a spinal injury at work — so, one of the few  hobbies I can still do was go fishing for an hour or an hour and a half at a time.

I absolutely love this rod,  it’s in beautiful condition and is smooth as silk.

Editor’s note: Greenfield Pond is a new expansion water in the Community Fishing Program and is located  in Greenfield Park at 4105 E. Diamond Ave. in Mesa.


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