Mississippi River-World Class Catfishing "part 5"

Discussion in 'LOCAL MISSISSIPPI TALK' started by gofish, Jun 16, 2007.

  1. gofish

    gofish New Member

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    I guess things are really hush hush this weekend with the tournament and all. I went out yesterday for a few hours and had a pretty good day. I went to catch some fresh bait and got blocked in by a barge so I stayed a little longer than planned. The skipjack were on fire so I caught some to give to some friends. Once I was able to get out of the chute, I hit the Arkansas bank and went south. I fished a small cut with heavy current and picked up a flathead about 10 pounds on a bloody head. A few minutes later I had a good pulldown and was able to fight the fish for about 10 seconds before the hook pulled loose. It felt to be a good fish...

    I moved up the bank and hit a rock dike with a good hole below it. It produced a 12 pound blue and a couple of other hits. Almost all hits came either on heads or gut pockets. Those were the only fish I caught but it was encouraging with the way the bite has been lately.

    I talked to a guy that I see frequently on the river and he said he caught a 62 this week on R&R. I didn't have the nerve to ask him if it was a bullshark....:lol: Maybe the bite is starting to pick up.

    Welcome to all of the new guys posting. I usually fish alone so if anyone is interested in fishing the Greenville area some time, give me a shout. I make no promises about catching fish but we'll sure give 'em a whirl.
     
  2. bigriver

    bigriver New Member

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    Sorry Joe, I don't think that any of us were trying to be too secretive about our fishing...... but there is just so many ways to say "we ain't been catching crap". The fishing has been tough up and down the river the last few weeks and it didn't let up much for us today.

    Brad aka ArkansasCat, might just tell you different though. He and his fishing partner beat out several of the top MS Riber catters and placed third, beating out Dance and Patterson by a whopping 0.2 pounds! Both teams’ weights were in the 70's. I can't remember the second place weight, but I think it wasn't far from the 70's. First place smoked everyone else’s weight. I missed their weigh-in, but heard they had two nice flatheads, one in the high twenties and another in the high thirties. Then they caught a 51 pound blue, to also win the "Big Fish". They had a GOOD day. Wish I knew how they fished.

    My partner (also known as "my wife") and I fished hard and caught several, but could never seem to break the double-digits. A six pounder here, a four pounder there. A 9.5 was the best we had. We had mainly fish rip-rap banks, depths ranging from 10 to 40 feet deep. Our last place was reverse current in a cut. Right after landing another whopper six pounder, we got the bite we'd been waiting for. With ten minutes left we boated a 37 pounder. We still didn't think we would place, but it ended up landing us in fifth place.

    The Masingales had a good day too, and ended up with a limit of fish weighing in the fifties. I think they were fishing cross-currents.

    It was a great day to fish, a little warm, but nice fishing with good folks on the river. Wish the fish had been biting better, but with Joe's report sounding good too, maybe things will start picking up.
     

  3. rwilley3

    rwilley3 New Member

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    Joe I don't fish in tournaments(well did once and may again someday if I could ever learn to catch anything) and I will tell you the truth I can't seem to catch crap. Last week I fished about 4 hours on Sat and caught 1 about 4#. This week I fished again only about 4 hours and caught one about 1# so I am going backward. I think I need Dave to step in and do some math and make him a 5# or something. I got a lot of bites today but all small or drums or something. I would either come up with no bait or it would be all chewed up. I don't think I had one decent bite all the time I fished. I finally got so hot I decided to just ride and fish with depth finder for a couple of hours. Hopefully the bite is moving in from the south.:big_smile:
     
  4. Catfish_Commando

    Catfish_Commando TF Staff Member

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    Mississippi River-World Class Catfishing "part 4"
     
  5. CatMaster of the Mis

    CatMaster of the Mis New Member

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    My partner and I went last night and he hooked his new PB 49#er. We fished between I 40 and I 55 bridges in 30' straight line current. The water was 8oz current and he had a blast reeling in that fish. We had another run that just ripped the bait click like nobodys business but I missed on the hook set.:sad2:Should have waited a little longer to get more slack out of the line, it had a bow from cross-current. Oh well thats why they call it fishing. I'll take 1 whopper in the boat any day. Yes, the fish was revived and released so go get him fellas.
     

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  6. bigriver

    bigriver New Member

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    Way to go Josh! Congrats to you and your partner. That's a great catch and good pics too. Looked like a fat, happy blue. Sure wish we'd intercepted that one on Saturday during the tourney. I guarantee there were 80 other boats trying to catch him. What was your bait of choice? With two more tournaments coming up in Memphis, you guys oughta think seriously about joining in on the fun. Just don't stick the big one the week before the tournament.:cool2:
     
  7. CatMaster of the Mis

    CatMaster of the Mis New Member

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    Matt , for some reason I have not found shad the last 3 trips on the Mis I have never had trouble before. However I have been finding flying carp by the boat load. I go behind the dams close to the 40 bridge and motor around till I get in them real thick. Then I motor in a large circle closing in on them, when you think you got'em herded up pretty good cut right through the middle. Remember to keep your arm over your face, freakin things hurt. If you don't believe that ask my buddy he caught one sat right across the face. I used to hate those fish, but I am growing more fond of them every day. I posted a 41# about 2 weeks ago that was caught on carp. My fav part is the rib section, it seems to have the most blood in the meat, I pitch the heads and tail. If you filet them and leave the skin on and steak it like a skinned catfish they are usually thick enough at the ribs to grt 2 pieces of bait. About 5 in the 5 to 8 # range is enough to last all day. I cut strips about 2''x5''. Put your hook through from the meat side and it's eaiser. Their hide is very tough.
     
  8. ChrisC.729

    ChrisC.729 New Member

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    Nice fish your partner got there Josh! I hope the bite is picking up in mempho becuase those catfish better be ready to bite when i get back home!
     
  9. nathan king

    nathan king New Member

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    well i finally gto to fish the miss and all i can say i man thats alot of current. Boy we fished hard for three days, and actually located some good fish with no luck on sat, of course. I will say one thing i deffinately respect those powerful waters, and i can say i met alot of friendly people and had a blast. On the subject of the flying carp well lets just say i've now seen them first hand besides on t.v. man that was funny especially after the first one landed in our boat and hit my dad i thought we were both going to have a heart attack when it first happened after the shock i laughed so hard at my dad i had tears flowing, and then we met some guys from Indiana and we were motoring behind them trying to catch some with our dip net for fun and one about 20lbs jumped in their boat and knocked ol Bob out of his chair man that was funny if you could have seen the look on his face it was classic, but anyhow we had a blast fishing up their and look forward to coming back some day without the pressure of a tournament. Here is one of the fish i caught on Fri, we caught some nic efish for two days and the bite just stopped after that hard front fri night i guess and we only caught 1 keeper on sat with a ton of dinks tried all kinds of things with no avail.:wink:
     

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  10. guthook

    guthook New Member

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    nice fish josh, the brother and i would liked to had that fish on saturday.

    nathan glad to see you made it over for the tourney. there is one thing about the mississippi is that if you let your guard down she will get you.

    well saturday was a tough day for us. i think we managed a 6th or 7th, and just needed a big fish to put us in the top 5. we came out the box pretty hot and were culling fish by 7:15am, but could not catch any size.

    he_ _ yeah! good job to brad and his partner they finished a well deserved top 5 finish.

    matt and his new partner had a great finish also. the problem is that his new partner is a little more tight lipped than him, so no secrets from her.

    good job to Jeff Dodd he managed a top 10 finish also and like us was just "one" fish from the money. for those that got to see his boat she sure is nice.

    i hope the bite is turning around so everyone can catch some bugguns
     
  11. ArkansasCat

    ArkansasCat Member

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    Well this weekend at Tunica was a catfisherman’s dream place to be. When we pulled up at the Fitz Casino Friday afternoon we could see big catfishing boats parked everywhere. It felt like the major leagues of catfishing and I guess it is the biggest thing out there with the best catfishermen this sport has to offer.

    My partner and I walked around just admiring all the boats and setups of folks that are likeminded and love to fish for Ol' Mr. Whiskers. I have never seen so many redneck engineered inventions in my life :lol:. Everything from anchors to livewells, rod holders etc…..(I love it!!!) Everyone there had some sort of self engineered something and we were no different with a boat load too. Our livewell is a horse watering trough with a piece of plywood on top and the anchors I weld up at the shop. So we felt right at home.:lol:

    Now the fishing was tough Saturday and the weather was hot. We never did put our umbrella up (afraid it would get in our way) and I was about drained from the heat by the end of the Tourny. We started out in a big cut that didn’t even produce a bite and we stayed there about an hour moving around. Well we hightailed it to the next spot and got set up in some 16oz current. Wasn’t there long before we had caught 2 little ones. Then a rod went down with an 18lber. Got him in then another rod went down and while he was on another rod went down with lot’s of pressure for a few seconds then came off. We got the first fish in and he looked about the same size as the 18lber but we just put him in the livewell. I reeled in the pole that we had the big hit on to see if my bait was gone and discovered that he had broke my hook leader. Well that happened again on my partners pole a little while later. It wasn’t broke at the knot either. Well we went on to the next place and caught another small one. About 3 hours later picked up a 12lber. Our last fish came at about 1:00. I was tending to the livewell and my partner hollered those words all catfishermen love to hear “HEY YOUR POLE IS DOWN”. Well I got to it fast and immediately loosened drag and he was pulling good. We decided we better go get him and a few minutes later netted about a 23lber.

    We still didn’t think we had enough but when we weighed in the announcer said that we had bumped out James Patterson and Bill Dance by 2ounces to take over third place. It was sure a surprise to us. We didn’t have the amount of weight that it normally takes to win on the Missippy river but that just proves what everyones been reporting this year about the tough fishing.

    Nathan I looked for you but never seen ya. It was great getting to chat with fine folks and great catfishermen like Daryl, Jason, Matt and others.
     
  12. three_rivers

    three_rivers New Member

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    Congrats on everyone that got to fish this weekend!

    Hell yeah brad, Helluva way to start out the year even with fishing as tough as it was.

    Josh, man thats a good looking fish, especially about right now.

    Guys i'll be in and out the next few days, a little bit of lightning friday took care of any electronic woes we may of had. The isp software isn't compatible with vista so it'll be touch and go for a bit. We're looking at fishing somewhere this week, be nice to get away from the house.
     
  13. turtle1173

    turtle1173 Member

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    Hey guys, great to hear of everyone's success. Great Job! Sounds like I missed out on some fun.

    Who was it that won the tournament??

    Hopefully I've got my boat back into shape. I'm going to find out in the next day or so.
     
  14. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Congratulations Brad on the 3rd place finish. We were sure wanting to fish this one but not knowing the river combined with the high flows we decided to skip it. Sounds like it was a good tournament.
     
  15. Puddycat

    Puddycat New Member

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    Its glad to hear that you well at the tournament. I agree with Nathan and severl other people that the current was wicked fast. We had never fished the Mississippi river and had planned on drifting the rip-rap edges, but we lost about ten hook rigs in about three hours time. We then attempted to fish eddys behind some wing dikes but it just wasn't our day. We ended with one 5lb fish. Next year I will pre-fish for several days before.

    Are there any of you guys familiar with the Columbus site for the championship event in November? I would like to prefish it with someone that is familiar with the area between Columbus and Aberdeen. In return I would be happy to show the Cumberland River area for the Clarksville event. I am from Clarksville and this is my backyard.
     
  16. 85Dave

    85Dave New Member

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    Sounds like its still hit or miss. Does anyone have a link to the tournament results? Or know what the top teams weighed? How many teams entered?
     
  17. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

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    Brad, maybe you need to get a couple of those little umbrellas mounted on a headband so that you can wear them. My dad bought one for a joke, then found that he actually liked it.
     
  18. ArkansasCat

    ArkansasCat Member

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    Ha Ha, Yeah Jerry I would have looked kinda funny wearing one of them things around but would have proudly put it on Saturday no matter how many people laughed.:lol: It was sure hot out there.

    Dave the announcer said there were 89 teams in the tourny. I'm still waiting to see the results posted but I think we weighed in with 71.8 lbs. 2nd place was about 1 lb more than that. 1st blew everyone away with about 160 lbs if I heard right.

    Thanks for all the congrates guys.
     
  19. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Brad, If you don't mind telling , what did 3rd place pay out?
     
  20. ArkansasCat

    ArkansasCat Member

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    Hey Johnny, third place paid $1500.00. 1st place was $5,000.00