UPDATE November 11 2004!
I now have covered my fishing boat for this year. I may get about 3 more times to wet a line before December if the river and weather co-operates. The Ohio River here was up and down so often I only got to use my boat 3 times. I did get to fish twice out of my brother's boat this Fall. I am pondering if it is worth keeping the boat for another year. I did meet a number of interesting people over this year. Got a lot of good information on various catfishing topics. Places to fish, types of baits and such. Learned back in May about fishing in a big time catfishing tournament. Should I do it again next year, I will be much better prepared and know what to expect. I also got a lot of tips from the folks that sent e-mails over this year. I hope I was able to provide helpful information to the peole that asked for assistance from me. Looking over my log notes for the year; this is how things worked out. I did catch catfish on 12 different baits. I did NOT have any cut or live bait fish such as Shad or Skipjacks to use. Cooked or raw steak landed 16 cats for me. Galic seasoned and regular chicken liver enticed 7 cats. Fried chicken skin hooked 4 cats. Prime rib nailed 3 more cats. The rest were caugth using whatever I could get my hands on at the time. That cover things like french fries to pizza dough. For my 33 times wetting a line in the Cincinnati area I landed 41 fish. 22 channel cats, 14 blues, 4 carp, 1 striper. The largest blue was only 9.3 pounds. largest channel came in at 9pounds, and the largest carp topped out at 9.2 pounds. The cats were smaller than the big ones I caught last year by several pounds. My average time fishing was around 2 1/2 hours when fishing from shore. The 3 trips in my boat around 6 hours. The 2 times in my brother's boat about 7 hours. Hopefully next year I will get better results than just over 1 fish per time wetting a line.
Keep the hooks sharp, tight lines to all.
BLUECAT FROM ACTION FEB 28 2004.
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