Here is the information of the trips of this 2009 CATFISHING season.
July 1st. Update: Got the boat in the river at 08:05 and set up at the first spot at 08:25. It was a very slow day for me & my fishing pal. We tried 6 different spots in 4.5 hours. Only 4 bites counting the one fish caught! The channel cat was 2.5 pounds and 17 inches long. It was caught with red hot smokies again. I had my 2 bites on stripes of raw steak. Skipjack was on my other rod but never got a nick. At least we did not get rained on. The river is finally getting a green color instead of brown.
Here are photos of the action from last Summer. Hopefully will have more such shots and videos this season.
6-25-09 Update: My wife and I went fishing this morning. Put the boat in the water about 08:30 and lines in the water at 08:45. I hooked a small channel cat at 09:00, it went only 1 pound 11 ounces. Length was 17.5 inches that fish really hit the old shad hard. At 0920 got a hit that ran the clicker but it never came back.
10:00 tried to head for another spot but the motor just did not want to start. Finally about 30 tries it did fire up, headed up river to below the out let by Joe’s Crab Shack. Had our lines in the river around 10:12, had a hard tap on the shad at 10:15, it cleaned of the bait since it was so soft. I had another tap on the shad at 10:25.
11:00 set up on the Ohio side by the overlook above the Big Mac Bridge. 11:05 fish tapped the shad and knocked it off again. 11:30 we gave it up for the heat was really too much for us. We left the ramp for home at 11:45. At least we were not skunked and did have some bites. Shad was the only thing they were hitting, had some cut skipjacks bait also. River was trying to clear up, but still on the muddy side.
The early morning thunder storm delayed heading out to the river. Had to bail out the rain water and then pack some things into the boat. We finally got to the ramp around 09:10. We got our lines in the water about 09:25, the current was very strong. At 09:35 my rod got hammered, hooked the fish. The fish turned out to be a small channel cat of only 2 pounds and 17 inches. That fish hit a piece of cut mooneye bait. Then around 09:55 my wife hooked into another fish. It was her biggest catfish so far, a 1.5 pound channel cat. She was using small chunks of “Slim Jim” on a med size treble hook. We stayed there for about 45 longer before moving on to our next spot. Just got rod set up when a shower came through it was just enough to pull anchor to get out of the rain.
Tried at next spot for about 40 minutes, got no bites at all. I decided to head back to our first spot. My wife got another decent bite around 12:25 on the “Slim Jim”, that was the last bite of the day. Not much action 4 rods, 4 hours on the water, and only 3 bites. We did try all kinds of baits, cut mooneye, “red hot smokies”, raw season steak, and chicken nuggets, the fish just were not biting. We were not skunked anyway, so hopefully whenever the river get gets down and settled might get better action.
5-27-09 UPDATE My fishing pal & I had our best catfishing trip together. We boat 7 catfish and one that got hung up on a sang and 1 that broke the line at the boat.2 that day a g finally got my boat. We took some photos thena ll were returned to the river to give someone else the thrill of catching them in the future. For all the details go to Hart Pounding Action
Be sure to support you local bait shops during these rought times as best you can. Once those folks close down there will NOT be anyone to provide that service to us.
5-22-09 UPDATE On May 22nd. I finally got my boat in the river at 08:00 this morning. Headed to my first spot got my lines in the river at 0810, boated the first cat of the season at 08:20! The channel cat was 6.5 pounds and 24 inches long. The fish really hit the old stinking shad hard, gave me a good fight. Stayed for about another 40 minutes without any further bites. I then headed to the 2nd. spot, fished there for 30 minutes, No bites so headed down river. The Mill Creek was the next stop, tried there for about 40 minutes, same story no bites. Went back up river to my my first spot. Had a number of bites there and missed hooking another fish. It was just getting too hot for me, so headed back to the ramp. Left for home at 12:40 at least I was not skunked. Did have a problem my fish finder so had to just fish spots I had caught fish in the past. Hope to get this problem cleared up by next week when I intend to get out in my boat again.
5-10-09 UPDATE On May 4th. I gave a presentation on Catfishing on the Ohio River at Cincinnati to my church's mens group. That is the first time I have ever given a public talk in my life. I was nervous before the meeting but it turned out just fine. I am working on giving a similar presentation this August if all works out right. Looks like it will around the 20th. of May before the River could get down to the 28ft. level. The I can launch my boat from the Public landing.
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4-25-09 UPDATE: I met my brother yesterday morning for my first fishing of the year. We had plenty of fresh shad for bait. The current was very strong so we cut up the shad into filets. We got our lines in the water at 08:00 and my brother boated a fish at08:05, we thought this was going to a great day. The fish was a small flathead, around 2 pounds. No more bites there so we moved to a couple other spots. We ran into the same story no bites, now the wind started blowing up river. We were going down river right in the white caps, no fun getting bounced around. Keeping the boat straight really was a challenge with such strong changing winds and white caps. We did get some bites but they were only a hard tap at best. My brother did hook into and boat a channel cat at 11:40. This one also was on the small size, only 2 pounds. I finally hooked into a fish about 13:30, had it for a couple of cranks then it got me hung up on a snag. The last fish of the day was the biggest. My brother got the 5 pound into the boat around 14:10. We both were beat by the boat being pound and tossed around all day by the wind and white caps. Got off the water and headed home. It was a warm & sunny day and I finally got to wet a line.
04-21-09 UPDATE I have just made up a new page about the first SouthWest Ohio Catfish Club tournament of 2009, Saturday, April 4th. The catfish tournament held on the Ohio river at Cincinnati. WINNER OF BIGGEST FISH
Also have a update page on cheap power to a PORTABLE FISH FINDER. update for fish finder power source
CHECK OUT MY PAST CATFISHING SEASONS
A summary of my 2007 season. It also has the detail updates for this past Fall. Here is the page My 2007 season summary
All the details of my trips of 2006 are on this page. MY 2006 CATFISHING SEASON
The events that occurred in 2005 !!log book of my CATFISHING for 2005
April 19-20, 2005!! Here are the details of those 2 trips. ALMOST SKUNKED CATFISHING DAY
February 28, 2005 For all the details check out FIRST CATFISH OF 2005
High points of my 2004 season.
I have a page of all the HOT CATFISHING SPOTS WHERE I have CAUGHT CATFISH out of my BOAT around Downtown Cincinnati over past years. Just send me an e-mail requesting the information. I will send the information back to you via an e-mail attachement!
For all the different baits I have USED for CATFISHING check out. CATFISH BAIT
For proof of BIG catfish can be caught around the Downtown Cincinnati area check out these two pages.
Bill's Huge Channel Cat
Here is the biggest catfish of 2007 I caught Nov 10 th.2007 right above the HOOTERS in Newport Ky. across from Cincinnati!
For tips I have USED to save money on fishing tackle check out.Home Made Bobber For CATFISHING
Here is my way for hooking up a cheap power set for your portable fishfinder. CHEAP POWER FOR FISHFINDER
If you want to catch HUGE channel cats in the 20 to 25 lb range go to Canada. The Red River at Lockport, Manitoba is the place to go!
Catfishing Trip Of A Life Time or Lockport Catfishing Experience
Another Red River Monster Channel Cat from LOCKPORT MANITOBA!
FREE! river stage information for ALL the rivers in the U.S. RIVER STAGE FOR Ohio River at Cincinnati!
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