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Steve Green adjusts a Topcat
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Michael Pearce / The Wichita Eagle
Steve Green's Topcat Fishing Tackle is in its second year, with close to 1,000 sales of the set lines.
A boat with Chris Conrade, left, Darrell Conrade and Russ Vanover put bait on a Topcat.
Chris Conrade with two flathead catfish caught last week at El Dorado Reservoir on Topcat sets. A few days later he caught one of about 45 pounds.
Steve Green lifts a small flathead aboard after it hit a green sunfish on one of his Topcat rigs. This year he's been averaging about 80 pounds of catfish per night on the sets.
Steve Green adjusts a Topcat that's attached to a dead tree.
Over-sized goldfish are often prime bait for big flathead and channel catfish.
Russ Vanover gets ready to check a Topcat in flooded timber.
A flathead catfish jumps as Darrell Conrade, left, checks the line on a Topcat.
A flathead catfish jumps as Darrell Conrade, left, checks the line on a Top Cat.
Chris Conrade, right, pilots is boat amid flooded timber as they go to check Topcat lines at El Dorado Reservoir.
Darrell Conrade, right, readies to lift a flathead catfish that took a bait on a Topcat.
Russ Vanover, left, lifts a small flathead catfish that took a bait on a Topcat as Darrell and Chris Conrade watch.
Chris Conrade pilots his boat as Darrel Conrade, left, and Russ Vanover ride along.
Steve Green readies a green sunfish for bait on a Topcat.
A drill helps make a hole that will be used to help secure a special Topcat rig.
A big green sunfish is probably the most popular bait for big flatheads.
Steve Green heads into flooded timber, searching for big flathead and channel catfish.
Chris Conrade with a 45 pound flathead catfish on El Dorado Lake
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