Catching some channels on the White River

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  1. eastforker

    eastforker Well-Known Member

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    I have been catching some channel cats on bluegill guts and also chicken liver. I haven't had much luck on the blue gills themselves other than for turtles and gars.
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    Forgot the lip grippers in the car. ouch
    Glad the river is back up it gets the fish moving.
     
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    The change in river level had me wanting to give it a try also Stacee, But,,, I just couldn't get it done. Now it is headed back down.

    Thanks for the picture,
     
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    Went fishing with my daughter and caught some chubs and a small sunfish at the creek. Chubs.jpg

    Then went to fish the White River with some good bait.
    I had one on within minutes seemed like a good one and he broke my braided line, I figured my knot failed. So I tie on another 5/0 Kahle hook with 40 lb Berkley Big Game solar line a foot long and going to use a black barrel swivel this time and just use a Sea Striker sinker slide with 3 oz bank sinker on my 40 lb yellow braided main line. Put another little chub on and cast it out in the current and put it in my rod holder. Then on another pole I got onto another decent one with a good battle for a few minutes and bam he got off I yelled out a few choice words and put another chub on. There was not enough time to put out a third pole had a turtle keep taking my bait toward me so I reeled it in and the chub was all pinched looking. I look over and my other pole was being pulled down I set the hook hard and reeled in as fast as I could and kept the rod above my head as I reeled it in. He was pulling drag so I kept my hand on the line so I could gain some ground.The drag was set almost all the way locked down cause the first fish was doing whatever he wanted and this fish was not going to be that lucky. I got him to the bank and I was like oh crap wheres my fish grippers and finally found them in the bottom of the back pack. Get the lip grippers on him looking to get the hook out and I notice something strange I see there is two identical hooks in his lower lip. I trace my line from the rod to the hook grab the pliers and take the hook out and then I notice more solar Big Game line attached to the other hook and a brass swivel with 4 inches of yellow braid. Hmmm
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    Good report Stacee, Guess he was especially hungry to hit a second bait after having one hook in his jaw. It's very tough over here to get access to the White because of all the private property but also the fact that it can take a lot of walking since the roads are not always close.

    When I do make it out, I generally use bluegill, most often cut, as bait. Do you find chubs to be better?

    tight lines
     
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    The fish will not snub a chub if there's fish around.
    But I haven't used shad or skipjack.
    Normally I cut up the 6 inches or more chubs and just use the smaller ones whole live or dead it doesn't make any difference in the current. I believe they work better in the heat but definitely have more of an odor to them than bluegill.
     
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    Chubs are super oily fish, I love using them. When I'm down at the family cabin in Shelby County, sometimes I'll catch a bucket full of them in the creek that runs through there and go hit one of the nearby rivers. Live or cut work well. There have been nights when I'm using live 8-10" chubs and not only are the flatheads taking those, but the channels will hit them too.
     
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    Nice report EF I like reading about your adventures
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    Caught a couple green fish today on little chubs nothing on bluegill live or cut.
    The channel cat was wrapped around some brush took awhile to get him out. Glad I used almost a 3 foot leader with the braid as the mainline with sinker slide. It was the first fish I've netted with my new net. I had to replace the leader and hook (both were wasted) after releasing the channel cat. I got plenty of bites but only two fish hooked believe there was some gar around.
    Fished through some little sprinkles just enough to cool me off but I was mostly in the shade of the bridge. I had no rod holders just used baitfeeder and clicker and tethered off one to the bait bucket I don't have that much faith in them yet cause the rods were still dragged when the fish switched directions and these were little fish.

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    Man that's a pretty smallmouth.
    Nice channel cat too.
     
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    Caught the smallie on my flathead rig used the biggest live chub I had and he still put up a hell of a fight. Jumping out of the water in circles. Haven't caught as many smallies this year but to me this one was a baby for the area. Don't tell the bass fisherman even though there was a bass fisherman there casting across my line. lol
     
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    I just recently bought a penn fierce live liner. While the reel itself is nice the live liner is to stiff for my liking. I have it as loose as it gets and the channels I have caught (about 3 lbs and under) with it so far haven't been able to pull line from it. I thought I was going to lose my rod acouple times. I almost wish I would have got another okuma avenger now. Almost half the price.
     
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    What size reel did you get Jon?
     
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    I will have to check when I get home but it was the smallest model the baitshop had.
     
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    I would of figured that the 2500 would of had a lighter baitfeeder drag.
    Jon you are right about the Okuma, I was always having to tighten the baitfeeder on the Okuma it was extremely light. Which I believe the Okuma Avenger baitfeeder is a much better carp reel for that fact but my Penn Fierce 2 4000 may just need some maintenance since this spring the small 1 to 3lb eaters were pulling against the baitfeeder just fine.
     
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    Yea so did I, its all good though I will keep using it for now. Maybe if I can start catching some fish it will break in the live liner haha
     
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    I've ran into so many gar this year that have tested the live liner. I believe when I go out today I am going to target gar, of course after my trip to the creek for chubs.
     
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    Went out to catch gar on 1 rig. I used a Sea Striker Braid-Friendly Sinker Slide on 40lb braided main line with 2 ounce bank sinker and an Offshore Angler Barrel Swivel and then two feet of 40lb big game line for the leader both the mainline and leader was tied to the swivel with a palomar knot and then used a Gamakatsu G Carp Specialist R Hook #6 had to use the improved clinch knot on the hook. (Had to look the name of the knot up had no idea)
    Hooked the top lip of a chub and set my live liner on easiest position and pole was set straight to where I casted second guide from bottom was resting on rod holder while the butt end of the medium rippin lips rod was sitting on some driftwood it was a little lower which is the way I like it unless I tether my rod. Waited 5 minutes and something is pulling like no tomorrow I let it pull and pull untill it stops and I set the hook. In the distance I can see it surface it was only in 2 feet of water. The battle was on keeping him out of the logs and I get him to the bank and it is a 5 ft bank so I have to go down to him I slide my butt down the bank with the net and he makes another run must of seen me coming. He swims around a few circles I place the net behind him and he swims right into the net. (Caught at last)
    But it wasn't no gar. 8-13-18 first channel caught.jpg

    Stay in that spot for an hour no more bites so I move down the bank some it was a jungle I start weed wacking with my rod holder to where I can almost see a path. I finally get to the 2nd fishing spot and I throw the same setup out, ahhh crap lost my chub but can't seem to cast where I needed to with that hook. I ended up using my medium heavy ugly stick gx2 with a fairly small eagle claw circle hook probably 2 or 3/0. it had a 3way swivel with 1 foot of 20lb trilene leader and one foot of 15lb for the sinker line with a 2oz bank sinker. (I used only 2oz so the bait would drag bottom for a distance)I cut up a big thick 8 inch chub and decide to use a big thick piece with blood and guts falling out.
    Cast it out and placed the rod in of those orange spring looking rod holders where it holds the rod straight up. Then cast the one with the carp hook and a small chub a shorter distance and casted another rod with a big dead chub on bobber all of this was on a 5 foot or so bank , I could go down the bank and fish but have problems with current hitting the line and can't get the rod holders in good. Thirty minutes later I hear the baitclicker on the bobber go off for a few seconds look out on the water bobber still sitting there by a ledge. No fish on and about that time I get a run on the carp hook I set the hook felt like a fish on and then I was snagged and bent the carp hook getting it unsnagged. Reeling that back in I notice the Ugly stick bending a little I undo the bail a little and then close the bail and the rod has a steady little bend ( I have seen bluegills put a bigger bend in the pole) and it starts to bend more I pick up the rod and start reeling to set the hook. Fish on! Fish on! It felt like a beast in the current. I reel him in close and then I have to get my butt down the bank again this time I will take my fish grippers. The area is covered with big stones and rocks and this fish is using the current to his advantage rod bowed over most the whole time. I get him in and he takes back off I get him in again he takes back off I finally get him on some rocks and he still trying to wiggle away soon as I grab the fish grippers he closes his mouth I didn't grab my fishing line thought about it. I was putting the fish grippers back in my pocket and then he opened his mouth and then I seen my chance.

    Gotcha another channel cat. 8-13-18 second channel.jpg

    8-13-18 1st channel long.jpg 8-13-18 2nd channel mouth.jpg Chub with carp hook.jpg Sinker slide.jpg
     
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    I almost caught a turtle on a creek chub. I reeled in a box turtle shell. I was going to take a picture but it rained hard for 30 minutes and then it quit. Then heard some thunder and I was out of there wetter than a river rat.
     
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    Yah, River rats don't like lightning.