55 pound Chickamauga Blue 2-19-08

Discussion in 'TENNESSEE LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by EricM, Feb 19, 2008.

  1. EricM

    EricM Active Member

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    Harrison TN
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    Eric Maurer
    What a wind-erful day! Four TARP fish! I kissed the lump in the bed and it mumbled something like "Hab uh gud day" and I hit it for the river at daylight. Strong current and a zillion birds working the main channel greeted me, along with a brisk wind. Luckily, it was from the southwest and the area I fish was (relatively) calm. Boat control was a little wild, but the blue cats were BITING. I got a new rod from my friends in Morristown, TN, and they had my favorite style Ugly Stik reworked with extra guides in a "Roberts Wrap" configuration. It's a casting rod, but the guides work around until they are UNDER the rod tip like a spinning rod. Wierd, but comfortable when fighting a big fish. Also, somehow my 80 lb mono sets up a vibration when cranking in a fish and the new rod "sings" during the fight. I especially liked the "55 pounder" song it played today! The "22 pounder", "21 pounder" and "20 pounder" tunes were really nice too! The wind got stronger and shifted to the west and the waves got nuts. I was still catching fish but the boat was taking on water - over the bow - so by noon I had to pull the plug and splash my way back to the ramp. The powerlines were singing their own wind song by then, and they were loud! Today's total was 24 blue cats, 55, 22, 21, and 20 pounds for the four TARPS, and oodles of 8 to 12 pounders. I'd still be there if not for the wind!
     

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  2. TN-CATFISHER

    TN-CATFISHER New Member

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    Congrats again Eric. My boat probably would've sank if I was doing that well :crazy:
     

  3. TNVOLCAT

    TNVOLCAT New Member

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    Eric, Super nice fish, I'm extremely jealous!
     
  4. Patmansc

    Patmansc Well-Known Member

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    That's awesome, Eric - way to go :big_smile:
     
  5. Big Dav

    Big Dav New Member

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    Thanks for sharing the report and the pic. Very nice fish and sounds like you had a great day of fishing, despite the wind.
    Congrats on the nice catch.:big_smile:

    Thanks
    David
     
  6. SkipEye

    SkipEye Well-Known Member

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    Darryl
    Congrats again......DAD!:smile2:

    Mom says you should take me fishing!
     
  7. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Congrats on your good time out there brother!
     
  8. ShannonLane4

    ShannonLane4 Member

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  9. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    John
    Man Eric,WHAT A PIG !!!!! Congratulations Sir.J.D.:smile2:
     
  10. lawnman61

    lawnman61 New Member

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    Way to go, nice catch brother. Sounds like you still had a good time.

    :big_smile:

    Thanks for sharing the pic.
     
  11. ne12dawds

    ne12dawds New Member

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    Congrats on the great trip and catch!
     
  12. jdwizard

    jdwizard New Member

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    Independence, Missouri
    Thanks for your post. I love to read about good days on the water,since I hav'nt been able to get out much yet this year.
     
  13. fish

    fish Active Member

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    Good gravy Eric, way to get the new catching season started. Man, it don't matter to you how the weather is, you going to catch fish if you are on the water and now that your boat is fixed you will be out there even more. Way to go buddy.
     
  14. catfishbills

    catfishbills New Member

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    Wow! What a day! Great pic!:wink:
     
  15. skawez

    skawez Member

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    Hickman, Ne
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    Steve
    CONGRATS on the the MONSTER CAT!
     
  16. Reel_Blues

    Reel_Blues New Member

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    Congrats on a great day Eric and especially the 55lber nice fish.
     
  17. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Congratulations Eric, looks like a great day for catching some HAWGS!!
     
  18. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Eric thanks for sharing your fishing trip with us. Nice fish and bad weather. Your tuff, I'm envyious.
     
  19. BajaCoop

    BajaCoop Well-Known Member

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    Congrats on a great day on the water.
     
  20. rspd507

    rspd507 New Member

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    Thanks for the report and picture. Sounds like an awesome day on the water. One that im sure you will remember for a long time. Congrats and keep the post coming. rspd507