Today I fished a new lake today; Lake Hickory. I put in at Gunpowder Access area and started my first drift below the bridge on that same creek. Water was around 80 degrees and very clear. My goal was a DD channel cat. Lake Hickory is known for some of the biggest channel cats around, and the bite on Lake Wylie had been good for channel cats, so I hoped that might translate over to Lake Hickory. Having never fished the lake I am not sure what is a "good bite" and a "bad bite" on the lake. On Lake Wylie, a lake I know well, when I catch 12-15 cats it is an average day, 20-30 is a really good day, and 35+ is a great bite! So, I am not really sure what kinds of numbers Lake Hickory is capable of producing, but where it may fall short in total numbers it makes up for in size. With all that said, I only caught six fish yesterday on Lake Hickory, but the biggest three channel cats would have won ANY channel cat tournament we have ever had on Lake Wylie! THe biggest three averaged out to be just under 9 pounds. The 10 pounder appeared to be a male and was shaped like a dang football! I used my striper rods to drift with, and man it was fun bringing those fish in on the lighter rods. We had a really bright moon the night before, as a matter of fact it was still up when I was heading out around 6:00am. For me at least, the bright night moon makes for a tough daytime bite on Lake Wylie. Also, the bite on Lake Wylie has been better in the afternoon, so I might have just been to early. I will be back up there in the next few weeks as the water cools and the channel cat bite gets better and better. Lake Hickory is a very pretty lake, small, and river like in shape with only a few small narrow creeks. Hopefully, with a little time on the water, I can surpass my 13 pound personal best channel cat before the year ends.