Saturday morning I had a blast sharing the boat with the oldest Daughter Jamie. It always is a good feeling when one of the kids ask if they can spend the night so they can get up early to go fishing. With pool 8 water levels dropping the plan was to see if we could find some gills. After setting up on the first spot it became obvious this was going to be a tough bite to pull off. First the flow was a tad more than I like plus, mayflies, mayflies, mayflies. There must have been one good mayfly hatch Friday night. The few gills we did catch looked like their bellies were stretch to the point, they were about to pop. After trying a few different locations with a tough panfish bite we decided it was time to put plan B into action and bust out the catfish gear. At first we tried fishing some wood along a side channel that normally produces. After 15 minutes and no bite it was off to a second location. The second spot is located off the tip of an island which causes a current seam. This current seam starts in 10fow dropping off to 25fow. With the first tube loaded up with Sonny’s Blood stink bait, the bait was placed right at the front of the drop. While loading up the second tube with Secret 7 an excited voice rang out from the front of the boat, Jamie had on the first catfish of the morning. From this point on it was one cat right after another. I have the battle scares on both hands yet this morning as I type this up from handling a large number of flipping twisting channel cats, I wouldn’t trade these abrasions or the fun we had for anything! The Sonny’s out fished the Secret 7 10 to 1. We were using a 3oz no roll sinker to hold the baits to bottom and a 24inch leader with dip tubes tied off to the business end. It wasn’t long and Jamie had put 15 cats in the cooler from 15inches – 22inches long, just the right size for filleting out and tossing into boiling grease. We also tossed a good number of fish the same size back into the swift water, there was no reason to keep tossing fish into the cooler only to get home and have all the fun taken out of cleaning a few fish. It was a great day on the water putting together another trip that neither daughter nor father will forget in a life time. Good Luck fishing People.
[This post was last edited on 7/21/14 at 8:11 AM]