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May 25th. I met Randy at the Cincinnati public Landing around 06:30 for my first DRIFT FISHING experience.
Once he had the boat in the water he headed up river to net some Shad for bait. Once he had the bait went to our first spot to fish. It was on the Ky. Side below the I-275 Bridge. Had our lines in the water at 07:35 not much current, water was clear.
We had a total of 6 rods out 3 on the bow, my 2 on the back, and one off to the side in the back. With the lack of current Randy had to use the trolling motor to move the boat. We then had 2 snags which forced us to cut the lines and re-tie. Randy had 2 depth finders fired up, one on the bow so he could keep tabs on the change of the river bottom as he adjusted the reels on the 3 front rods. Then at 08:00 Randy hooked the 1st fish of the day, a nice 5.7 pound channel cat. The fresh cut shad had worked just fine. I took some photos of the fish before it was returned to the river. At 08:30 the dark rain clouds rolled in, with the wind blowing right up the river. In just a few minutes we got all our lines in for the white caps were getting bigger by the minute. Headed for the Little Miami River and at least got out of the wind. Both of us had rain gear on so rain was not a major problem. The steady rain lasted for around 30 minutes then we got back on the Ohio.
Next spot was on the Ohio side just above Schmidt’s ramp. No luck there so he powered up and moved down river a little way just across from Dayton Ky. by the big crane. The sun was back out and Randy started getting a bite. At 12:45 Randy boated the 2nd fish of the day a small 2 pound channel cat. I took a photo of it. Then randy rod got hit at 13:00, this was a blue cat of 7.5 pounds. Randy was so eager to get it weighed that he returned it to the river before I could take a photo of the fish. Once again the wind roared up so headed for the Licking River.
The Licking was just dead NO current at all, so the trolling motor a workout. We fished up above the 12th. Street Bridge for around 20 minutes; no luck so headed back to the Ohio. Started drifting again just below the Water Front restraint on the Ky. Side. Just a little up river breeze at that time. Boat drifted all the way down to the I-75 bridge when we decide to call it a day. We were both kind of worn out by fighting the wind and rain during this trip. At least Randy did get some fish into the boat. 15:00 Randy got the boat on the trailer and headed back up I-75 before the traffic got to heavy. I headed home with a lot new knowledge about how to drift fish. It does require good dependable trolling motor and depth finder for starters. You really have to be alert for the changes in depth to reduce the hang up on snags. I have been told to get big blues that drift fishing is the key. It will require me to go out on more trips to feel comfortable with this type of fishing.
Randy's 5.7 CHANNEL CAT
Randy hooking the 2 pound channel cat
My fishing rod on back of boat with the storm clouds moving up river!
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