Catching some channels on the White River

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  1. eastforker

    eastforker Well-Known Member

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    I went out yesterday evening to the river with some big live chubs,big live shiners and one live bluegill. My first location I wasn't expecting anything until it got dark.
    My live liner went off a little I lock it down reel down on it and see a fish fly straight up out of the water. Half way in he makes another tremendous jump out of the water.
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    A 17 inch smallie caught on a live shiner.
    I took his lamprey off and killed it with the needle nose pliers.

    After dark I started using live bluegill and live chub.
    The chub got one short run but the fish dropped it.
    The other rod I had out had a half a shiner on the hook.
    The cut shiner had two fish on that didn't hook up.
    Dang Blasted Gar
     
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  2. eastforker

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    This little guy ate a lively green sunfish tonight.
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    The river level went up about a foot while I was there.
    Lots of debris in the water somebody must of got some rain today.

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  3. eastforker

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    I made it out to the river yesterday before work.
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    I caught one fish and missed one on the ultralight.
    Hoping for some whisker fish.

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    But I'll take one of these guys any day of the week.
    He had a good appetite with the shiner tail flapping out of his mouth.
     
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  4. eastforker

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    I made it to the river a little after 5:30 p.m.
    Cut shiner and bluegill for bait.
    I was retying another rig I look up and my Rippin Lips rod goes down a little and the line goes slack. I keep tying the hook on and look back at my rod and it's down.
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    Right species at least. I moved to another spot and caught a 15 inch large mouth bass. I was really pondering in using him for cut bait. I wasn't sure how to cut a bass up so the DNR would know it was the legal limit?
    Meanwhile the wind was pretty cold and the bite was slow in some other spots I tried. Toss around the bait pole with a curly tail grub and catch a nice bluegill and a rock bass to pass some time.
    I planned on staying after dark but the wind was cold so I left before 9 p.m. The temperature was 43 degrees on the drive home.
     
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    Couldn't catch any fresh bait with the ultra light bait pole today but this one suprised me. Hit a clear curly tail grub on an aberdeen hook a foot off the bank. I was just lifting the rod tip up and down.
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  6. twaskom

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    Starting to look like summer.
     
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    Everything is green but it was 45 degrees when I left.
    Glad it wasn't as windy as Friday.
     
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    Nice and muddy flooded river with moss and debris in the lines every few minutes.
    A good time for some good bait.
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  9. eastforker

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    Fished another location on the East Fork White River tonight.
    Turtle bites and skeeter bites was the only bites I was getting for a few hours. Finally I get a rod slammed down.
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    This guy wanted that chub head.
    Stayed another hour and a half with more turtle and skeeter bites.
    Excited to catch a channel cat in June.
     
  10. eastforker

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    I went to the other side of the river tonight. I've never walked through so many high weeds before. Guess I've been slacking this year in clearing a path.
    Thought I would catch some live bait with some night crawlers on a jig head.
    I missed a few fish and then caught 2 nice big bluegills a foot off the bank. So I figured I would keep trying and lifting my rod up and down a foot off the bank. Next thing I know I've got drag peeling on the bait pole. I've only got about 15 feet of line left on the reel.
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    This little drum was a fighter.
    Figured I could catch a couple more bluegill before it got dark.
    I then catch another drum around the same size and he mangles my hook. I find another jighead with a white tube in my backpack.
    I take a couple cast and I get hung up on this.
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    Oh yeah this is going in the bait tank. I toss it out again and catch another one a little smaller. Now I've got some live bait and ready to fish.
    Before it got dark I put out some cut chubs and cut bluegill.
    This little guy swallowed my hook and bluegill head.
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    I watch my poles shake up and down with a bluegill and crappie on the end of the lines but no bites. The other pole had cut bait and it always came back in with a bare hook.
    It was a big full moon of a night and another long walk through some high weeds out of there. At least the skeeters weren't biting as much tonight.
     
  11. pikeintheboat

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    Some great action for sure. Nice catches.

    Matt
     
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    I keep getting robbed of my bait.

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    One cutting my leader on the bank and the other two leaders were mangled. Little bait holder hook and a tiny kahle hook is the only thing that seems to work in getting a hook in them.
    Plenty of pull downs and bites with the circle hooks but no hook ups.
     
  13. eastforker

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    Wife was throwing out some sour hamburger.
    I scooped it up added some bread, cornflakes, Italian Panko and some garlic powder. It made some nice smelly meatballs.
    I tried it out at a pond and caught a big turtle and a little turtle. I was hoping for a bullhead.

    So I figured I would try it at the river.
    Instantly getting some bites with it but nothing hooking up with a circle hook. I change to a small Kahle hook and decide to wrap the hamburger with elastic thread.
    It get's dark and the rod goes over my rod holder gets line from another rod wrapped around the reel. Missed it!
    It's a good thing because the reel wasn't working with all that line wrapped in it.
    I'm just glad I don't have a video camera recording.
    I get everything untangled and put another meatball on the hook and wrap it up and cast it out in the same spot.
    Then I reel in the other rod that was tangled in it.
    It's live bluegill was gone.
    So I put a hook through another live bluegill and get ready to cast and I noticed my other rod bouncing up and down on the rod holder. Fish on and the rod has a nice steady bend. Felt like a channel cat rolling. I get him in and he wouldn't quit flopping around so I can get the hook out. It was non stop flopping the whole time. I get my fish grips on him and that made him even more angry he poked me in the finger. I grab my phone for a picture and the phone was dead.
    It was a mad 5 pound channel cat and not a gar, I'm happy.
    No more bites on hamburger after that.
    No bites at all on cut bluegill.
    Tried 2 more spots with no bites.
     
  14. eastforker

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    Caught a fish on a chub head and one on cut bluegill tonight.
    Nothing on hamburger or cut drum.
    The hamburger was getting robbed.
    I had a run on a big bluegill head piece but it got dropped.
    A big fish splashed and came off on the ultra light on bluegill guts.

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  15. eastforker

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    The East Fork White River went up a foot and a half
    since yesterday. Seemed like a good time to fish.
    Bluegill head and Redear head seem to be the favorite today.
    Pulled this guy over a few logs to get him in.
    I'm glad the water was up.
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    It's a good thing I had my net he was whisker hooked and the current made it difficult. I always bring my net when the water is flooded because it makes it safer to land a fish on slippery banks.

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    I threw the same redear head back and got this little guy.

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    I thought what the heck throw the redear out again and I see two splashes. I reel it back in and the leader broke and inch below the swivel.
    My bad I didn't check the leader after pulling the first fish over the logs. I'm glad I only lost a hook and not a fish.
    Then a storm was brewing so I pack my stuff up and move under a bridge before the rain hits.
    I'm in rocks so I get two rods out and set the live liners.
    Then I go to tying a new leader. It starts pouring rain and I hear zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz. I throw my leader, hook, swivel, bead and no roll down.
    I'm thinking I have a giant and I flip the switch and reel down on him and bring him in and it's just this little guy.

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    It quit raining but no more bites so I got out of there before another storm hit.
     
  16. typer181

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    Nice catchin there Stacee! Channels seem to have a way of acting like much larger fish when they first hit.
     
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    One of my spring rod holders broke the other night.
    So I went and found a rod holder in the garage I made some time back.
    I bought this electric fence post at Rural King.
    Today I cut the post down 5 or so inches with my dremel and added some pvc pipe I found on the river bank.
    Rounded the edges of the metal plate so it doesn't poke me transporting it.
    I may have to add more support for the metal plate cause it bends real easy pushing it with my foot into the ground.

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    I had a gar pull it down good but the hook didn't get him felt him for a second or two.
    The turtles were taking my baits and running me in a snag tonight. I finally moved to get away from them.

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    No more bites but I like it when the lights are on the bridge.

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