Bad Day To Fish, But a Personal Best Anyway

Discussion in 'MEMBER FISHING REPORTS (BECOME A FISHING LEGEND)' started by WylieCat, May 23, 2006.

  1. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Today should have been a bad day, and in some ways it was. I only caught four fish in a month that has produced 15+ catches on several days. The front that passed through last night left Blue Bird skies. This combined with winds from the east to northeast and you have a recipe for a bad day fishing.

    Despite all that I went fishing. It was my only day off this week and the wife was out of town. Faced with cutting grass now or later, I chose later and hit the lake around 7:30am.

    For the first two hours I was staring at those clear skies and making sure the wind was coming from a bad direction. I needed an excuse, because up to that point I had not hooked a fish, not a bite, not a sniff, nothing.

    Then WHAM!

    A rod folded over, and it looked more like a blue bite, and judging from the fight it felt like a blue. The fish took drag several times, and as It neared the boat I realized this was a “net job”. As it finally surfaced I was amazed to see a big huge channel cat. I got it in the boat, broke out the scale, and it weighed in at 12 pounds 4 oz. By far the biggest channel I have caught. I even zeroed the scale one more time to make sure, and again it read 12 pounds 4 oz. I finally got over the 10 pound hump on a channel cat!

    I caught another nice 7-4 channel and a couple of smaller ones before I headed home around 2:00pm. The bite never really took off, and I tried everything from deep to shallow, creeks to main channels, drifting and anchoring.

    The bottom line is that you never know when that big fish will hit, so hit the water and fish!!!!!
     
  2. teaysvalleyguy

    teaysvalleyguy New Member

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    WylieCat congrats on the catch. Always nice to get a personal best.
     

  3. tatersalad

    tatersalad New Member

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    Sounds like a beauty, WylieCat. Glad to hear you had a good bad day fishing.

    :big_smile_2:
     
  4. Gringoloco

    Gringoloco Member

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    Congrats on the nice channel, I still have yet to break the 10 pound channel mark. I just havent had any luck getting those bigger ones to bite! What bait were you using?
     
  5. Baitkiller

    Baitkiller New Member

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    Very nice PB Channel!! :003:

    Time to update your profile??

    Congrats
     
  6. catmancats

    catmancats New Member

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    very nice channel cat , glad to hear ya got a PB !!!!!! Nice fish.............
     
  7. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    Congrats, that is a fine Channel Cat for sure. I got my biggest last Summer, 15 pounds and 8 ounces, thought I had a 40 lb Blue the way that thing pulled.

    Zakk
     
  8. RiverratSC

    RiverratSC Active Member

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    We were on Wylie today from 6:30am until 12 noon. My buddy caught three nice bass and I hung two that got off at the boat. I caught an eyeball from some sort of fish, just the eyeball not the whole fish. When we were trying to load something happened to my trolling motor and it burned the wires off and melted the post on the battery. Just another averge trip with my fishing buddy.
     
  9. IL Hunter

    IL Hunter New Member

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    Congrats on the personal best.
     
  10. SilverCross

    SilverCross New Member

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    Congrats on the kitty.
     
  11. rcneman

    rcneman New Member

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    thanks for sharin the trip man.

    i would have liked SO much to have been fishin today..but had to do the work thang.


    cyas
    rc
     
  12. Catgirl

    Catgirl New Member

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    Congrats, Dieter. Nice surprise on the end of that line, huh?
     
  13. Jammer

    Jammer New Member

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    Beats Mowing!! Great story... I've had three around 10# but none over, there does seem to be an invisible wall.
     
  14. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Thanks everyone.

    Gringoloco I was using a bream steak. Usually I get bigger fish on bream heads, but this fat girl hit a steak. I was trolling and the fish came out of about 15 feet of water.

    RiverratSC I may have seen you today!! I was fishing the lower lake. There were not too many folks out. I saw the usual boats white perch fishing, and a few bass fishermen, but most people stayed at home...or worked..YUK!!

    That was a channel cat of a lifetime on Lake Wylie. There are not too many around that size, and I doubt I will catch any to beat it on that lake anytime soon, but I am still dreaming about catching the NC state record in the upper half of the lake!!

    That is what makes fishing great though; there is always a chance that any day you can land a monster.
     
  15. RiverratSC

    RiverratSC Active Member

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    We fished around the Allison Creek Landing area for bass. I hope to get a new trolling motor soon.
     
  16. Steven Blair

    Steven Blair New Member

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    Congrats on your PB! Always nice to hear that. :big_smile:
     
  17. catsmith1

    catsmith1 New Member

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    Great story and congrats on the fish!
     
  18. catfishjohn

    catfishjohn New Member

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    Congrats on your PB,sounds like it was a pretty good day!
     
  19. Tellico00

    Tellico00 New Member

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    Great job on the channel Dieter and new personal best as well.

    Great job