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I was just thinking earlier today as I’ve been watching the water gauge that the river is going to get a good cleaning from all this rain. I bet there’s lot of downed trees moving along today. There’s a big log jam near where I fish, I can’t wait to see what it looks like after all the trees that fell during winter that are going to get stuck in it after this water rising.
 

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that water temp gauge is a good tool. I’m not in the habit of checking that one as often but you’re right spring and fall it can tell a lot for when the action should be coming alive or slowing down.
 

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The warm rain today has the channels moving around some today.
Caught this guy on a shiner head about 15 minutes after I got the rods out.

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First fish on the medium light Rippin Lips rod.
I had 3 or 4 non hookups with Strawberry jello chicken and shiners.

Then it got dark I put on my favorite bait a chub head.
A short while later the medium light rod goes down hard.
I lift the rod out of the holder and it stays doubled over.
Getting this guy in with this rod was a heck of a fight.
Exactly what I wanted in the medium light Rippin Lips rod.
No problem using 3 ounces of lead either.

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Weighed this guy at 6lbs 7 ounces.
Can't wait to see what a 10 pound plus fish does to that rod.
Fished awhile longer till the lightning lit up the sky.
 

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Stacee is always consistent over there. Do you give your channels names Stacee? haha. Maybe have a chart to see which channels have been caught the most. It seems Stacee always "brings home the bacon" so to speak. I know he takes pretty good care of them or they would quit playing with him all the time.

Thanks for the pics.
 

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Nice night for spring Cats.... 6# Channels are tough to beat on the fun factor with lighter tackle. Cool that you got a ML Rippin Lips, I have been thinking about getting one to try.
In open water I wouldn't be afraid to loosen the drag and hear some drag peeling.
I couldn't pass up the free shipping from Rippin Lips at the Conference.
 

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Stacee, do you normally use a Carolina rig or 3-way for the river? I always get hung up and loose my rigging when doing a Carolina Rig while bank fishing on the river. I'm going to start using 3-way rigs with a peg float and lighter line for the weight. Then if I get hung up on the bottom I "should" only loose the weight.

The other option I guess would be slip-float, if I could find the head of a hole to float it into.

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If I'm around lots of snags I'll use some 3-way rigs or a very short leader with a carolina rig.
The Kentucky rig with a swivel at the bottom with lighter line going to the sinker.
I use the no roll sinkers with wire going through them in rocky areas.
After a few bends in the wire the sinker doesn't come off.
Originally I would just bend the tip and when snagged the sinker was suppose to pull free.
Guessing I bought the wrong gauge of wire but it works pretty good the way I use it.

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Spring time is great for getting snagged but I keep throwing as close to the snag or past it that I can get. Most of the time I get snagged but if I leave it there long enough a fish brings my rig back to me.
 

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I went to the river this evening to see if they were still biting.
Started out with 3 live shiners and and hour or so went by and I wasn't getting any bites.
I reeled in each rig and cut every shiner tail off and made them bleed.
A short while later I got something slowly bending my rod down I picked up the rod and something was puling out some drag.

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Hard to tell by the picture but this one weighed 9.8
The medium light Rippin Lips handled him just fine.

Then no more bites so I started cutting up shiners, chubs and trying the cut sucker.
Giving up and going to move I reel in my rods and this fish was on the cut sucker.
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Finally got the bad juju out of the Ugly Stik Catfish rod.
I moved and about 20 minutes later I get another one on cut chub.

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Then I get another one on a shiner headpiece around 9 p.m.

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I stayed another 2 hours with a few taps and no commitment.
 

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It was a little chilly with the wind this evening. Glad the wind died down after dark.
Bait of choice was cut chubs and cut shiners. I used a bluegill head but got no bites on it.

I ended up with 2 fish running me into snags and a hook popped out at the bank on one.
Still managed to get these whisker friends of mine.

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