2021 Catfishing ACTION!

Here is the information of the trips of this 2021 CATFISHING season.

 

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.


View of Ohio River at Cincinnati OhioMe at the Constance Ferry.


Wet a line and stay awhile!

 

Dec 27th. I called my fishing buddy that helped me with my boat last season. He confirmed he is eager to go out with in the boat. That is at least 1 guy to fish with. I may have 2 more when I get ready to hit the river.
Dec 26th. My son called and wanted know if I want to wet a line with my grandson; who is home from college. Needless to the answer was YES, they picked me up aroun14:15. We got to the, pond around 15:00, and my grandson caught a small L.M.Bass on his first cast! That was even before I got my line in the water.
It was a bright sunny day with a slight breeze. The water was crystal clear. I got a number of taps on my bobber rig that was baited with bits thawed shrimp. The fish were very small for they could not pull the bobber under. My grandson did catch a decent crappie later, but I was skunked for the day.
We packed it in around 15:45, the water was just too cold. It was nice to get out with my son & grandson on such a nice day.

 

Dec.06th. It was a mild and sunny day last Thursday, so I decided to burn off the gas I n my motor. I had to charge up the batteries first, get the hose hooked up to the muffs. Once that was done, I put the motor in strait down to start firing the motor. I tried to get to start it several times before the motor fired up. Once it was running I pull the hose from the fuel tank. It only took about 5 minutes for the fuel to burn out. That is one thing off my mind concerning the boat for the winter. So that is done for the time being, I will fire it up in March when the weather gets warm again, Hopefully I will get more trips with it in 2022.

 

Nov.10th. Was the last warm day here for the next few weeks so I decided to wet a line. I still had NOBODY to help me with my boat so I went bluegill fishing. I got to the pond around 13:45. I was using bits of shrimp for my bait. The bluegills like that bait; just like my last trip. I caught 10 of them and missed at least 10 more. The temperature was a nice 70 degrees with a mild breeze. So I did have action while I enjoyed the day outdoors. The rains and cold are coming now so the river is going up. I might be packing my river gear away for this year.

 

Oct 10th. I decided to try some bank fishing. I drove down to the Anderson Ferry to try my luck. I only took one rod, had thawed skipjack for bait. I spotted my friend Charlie, he came over in his boat and gave me about 10 nice size Shad. I fished that spot for an hour no taps at all, so I packed it in.

The 2nd spot was up river in Bromley, I tried the fresh shad there. The wind was strong blowing right the river. I got chilled out; standing in the shade. I gave up not any action at all so gave up at 13:30. I then was frustrated, so I decided to go after some blue gills.

I got to the pond around about 14:00 I only took my blue gill rod and 4 thawed Shrimp for bait, I did catch 5 bluegills and missed just as many. I called t a day at 14:50 this was when I ran out of bait. So I did have some action after all.

 

Oct19th. I decide to enjoy the nice afternoon by going bluegill fishing. I got a cup of wax worms and a thawed shrimp and fake wax worms for baits. 15:00 I had my line in the water. It was sunny and gusting breeze with clear water. I did have lots action, 9 blue gills on the wax worms and 2 on the shrimp, none on the seasoned shrimp fake bait. I did miss as many bites as I hooked! Avery nice way to spend some fishing time!

 

COVER OF MY E-BOOK AT AMAZON

 

Oct. 9th I meet Curtis at Schmidt’s ramp, and had his boat the in the water by 07:40. We had 8 rods with skipjack for bait. Curtis caught 5 cats, 3 channel and 2 flatheads. The channels averages around 5 pounds, The big flathead was 9.6 pounds. I missed a nice fish, my knot came undone. I did catch a small flathead, only 9 inches long. I was not skunked on the trip any way.

His motor worked fine again, we call it a day at 13:30. Finally had a fun day of action for a change!


Curtis nice channel cat he caught.My tiny flathead.






29-Oct 1st I went catfishing with 3 different friends in my boat. I caught 1 channel cat 22 inches. My friend Mike caught a small blue cat on the first day.

my5poundchannelcat

The second day out with my fiend George I caught a 23 inch channel cat had some taps and George had a good bite but, he missed it.

The last day with my friend Scott, we went West of Cincinnati and only had taps.

 

Since the commercial fishermen are monitoring catfishing web sites I will be editing my updates this season for the fish I catch on the river. I will only state the size of the fish and bait used. I will also be blocking out the back ground on any photos, for I do NOT want the C.F. to clean out that area!!

Here is a video of what the COMMERICAL FISHERMEN are doing to the Ohio River where I fish!!! It has impacted the number of decent fish here! So you can understand the rod & reel fishermen's frustration knowing these big catfish will never be retunred to the river.

 

SEPT 19TH. I WAS A PARTNER FOR MY FRIEND TO BE IN A CATFISH TOURNAMENT. I MET HIM AT THE RAMP AT 07:30 AND WE GOT HIS BOAT IN THE WATER AROUN07:45. WHEN THE HORN SOUNDED AT 08:00 HE BOLTED UP RIVER A LOT FASTER THAN I EXPECTED. HIS 115 HP MOTOR WAS RUNNING VERY WELL.

08:45 we had our lines in the water; he hooked a catfish within 5 minutes. The fish got under the motor, the line was cut by the prop. We thought we were going to catch a load of catfish at this spot. It did not work out that way for us.

We tried severals spots all day long, NO bites! We had 8 rods in the water baited with thawed skipjack. There had to be a decent scent trail for the catfish.

14:50 WE SET UP AND MY PARTNER CAUGHT A 3 POUND CHANNEL CATFISH IN JUST A FEW MINUTES! ONCE AGAIN WE THOUGHT ACTION AT LAST. NO BITES AT ALL SO AT 15:35 WE HEADED BACK TO THE RAMP AFTER RELEASING THE FISH.

We tried severals spots all day long, NO bites! We had 8 rods in the water baited with thawed skipjack. There had to be a decent scent trail for the catfish.

THERE WAS A BASS TOURNAMENT GOING ON . THEY WERE COMING BACK TO THE RAMP AS WELL. THERE WAS A TRAFFIC JAM GETTING ALL THE BOATS ON TO THE TRAILERS. WE GOT OURS OUT IN GOOD TIME AND I JUST UNLOADED MY FISHING STUFF. JUST COULD NOT FIGURE OUT WHY WE DID NOT CATCH MORE FISH. WE GOT SOME FRESH AIR; AT LEAST WE TRIED.

 

Our only channel cat in the boat for the day!


<"Curtis





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September 10th. I went and meet George 07:30 to go fish from my boat. My plan was to launch from the Cincinnati public landing, however the pay automatic gate was broken! We then went upriver to the Schmidt’s ramp. We got the boat in the river at 08:15. We got to our first spot 09:30, stayed for around 20 minutes with no bites. There was a slight down river breeze, a slow current and clear sky.

10:10 we dropped anchor still on the Ohio side.10:25 I had a hard bit on frozen skip jack but missed the fish. 10:45 George hooked into a fish, a blue cat about 2 pounds. That fish liked George’s chicken liver. That got skunk off my boat for this year! We both were getting bites but no hook ups. 11:45 we called it a day and headed back to the ramp. The motor fired up fine but still not running right! We loaded the boat on the trailer, and headed home at 12:22.

 

George's 3 pound BLUECAT


George's 3 pound blue cat!



August 31st. I am very frustrated now that the temperature has come down the Ohio River is going way up! River is going to be around 40 ft this weekend! That means at least 1 week before the river can try to get back in shape to fish. Looks like I will have to hit a local lake for some bluegill fishing once again, just to have some action.

I did repair the hole in my casting net, so I can try or shad whenever I can get back on the river. I also fixed my minnow trap so it won’t pop open like happened the other week. I know the chubs are in the creek just have to wait until I need them for the catfish.

 

August 2nd. Since it was such a cool day and I wanted some fishing action I decided to go for some bluegills. I left the house 12:10 and head to my local bait shop. I got a cup of wax worms and the off to a small local lake. I had my lines in the water at 12:55. I walked around half of the lake and only had one bite, did hook a 6.5 inch blue gill. I then said nothing biting hear I try another lake.

20 minutes later I had my line in the water. Only seconds later I caught my first bluegill. I knew right thing I was finally going to have some for a change. I caught 13 of them and missed as many as I caught. I even caught one on power bait wax worm.

The real wax worms for some reason were very tiny, so I will check out another bait shop next I go for blue gills. I did keep 6 of them to freeze for catfish bait. I was happy I went to the second lake made for a fun time.

 

June 7th. ATTENTION! There is a new bait & tackle shop in Northern CAMPBELL COUNTY. The shop is located at 705 Fairfield Ave in Bellevue just before heading into Dayton.

They are just opening up so have limited live bait right now. They have waxworms, gold fish, bluegills, night crawlers, andL tiny LEECHES.

As for tackle they have about anything you need. They pride themselves on having about any color of Abu bait casting reels!

You can check out their FACE BOOK. The REEL HOUSEfor a view of what they have in

 

July 29th. I overslept for my fishing trip. I woke at 06:26 and had a meeting time for 07:00. I jumped out of bed and dressed, I grabbed my lunch cooler and bait cooler and ran to my car. I already had my fishing gear in the car. I drove down to check my minnow trap for creek chubs. To my surprise, something had open up the trap. I was upset for I was counting on the chubs for fresh bait! The ramp was not that far away so I did arrive at 07:00 and my friend already had the boat in the water.

I grabbed my stuff and got into his boat and we headed up river. Our lines were in the river around 07:25. The sky was hazy and a slight down river breeze made for a pleasant temperature. There was a stronger current than I had expected, and the water was fairly clear.

I only had my back up baits of old frozen Shad and some seasoned chicken breast. My friend had bought 3 sealed skipjacks for his bait. My friend had some taps then he got a solid bite. He hooked a nice flathead that weighed 16 pounds. I took a couple photos of him and the fish before he released it back to fight another day. We stayed a little longer then headed up river to some barge pilings.

This spot was in deepwater, around 40ft. My friend caught 2 decent size channel cats, both in the 5-6 pound range. Once again they were released after I took some photos. Then we moved up river once again.

This spot, my rod got hammered! When I picked up my rod, nothing was pulling on the line. When I reeled in the line it was cut clean like a knife! The only thing I thought could do that would have to be a large Gar.

I then get a strong tap on my rod; I finally pulled back and hook something of decent size. It took some time to get it up by the boat, it was turtle. Not sure what type for the side of the boat was very high. My friend had to cut the line sine the hook was in the throat of the turtle.

The sun finally broke thru but the breeze still kept us cool. Headed back down river to our first spot, but not taps at all. 14:00 we called it a day and headed to the ramp. When we got the boat on the trailer and unloaded our gear, which is when we realized how hot it really was! When I got into my car the temp reading was 93! We did have some action for our time on the water. Hope to do another trip soon. I will have to find another spot to place my minnow trap, sure could have used those creek chubs.



16 pound flathead5 pound channel cat





May 7th. I finally got to wet a line. A friend and I went to a small local lake to fish for crappie. We use minnows and jig for bait. The water was clear but very cold. We fished for 2.5 hours, my friend caught 2 small crappie; I hooked 2 bluegills. We intend to return when the water warm up.

 

One of Howards 2 crappie he caught that day


<"Howard


UPDATED 01-07-22

 

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