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August 8th. I picked up my grandson at 08:00 and headed for the Ohio River. We got the boat launched at Schmidt’s Ramp at 08:45, and motored up river. Our 4 lines were in the water at 09:00, clear sky and slow current. We fished the first spot for around 30 minutes for we had marked fish at area. Next spot was just up river about 300 yards for we did not get any bites. My grandson did get a tap on shrimp at spot but that was it. Third spot was in the same general area as the first spot around 10:30; no action again so we headed for the Kentucky side of the river.

10:50 we were at my grandson favorite spot .I had a hard bite on fajita seasoned chicken breast at 10:50 but the fished dropped the bait! My grandson had a bite on a strip of thawed shad so thing were looking up. 11:00 I finally hooked a fish and got it into the boat; not a catfish but a carp! It was 5 pounds and 23 inches the fish liked the strawberry season hot dog. That is the first fish I have gotten in the boat this season!

12:00 my grandson had a bite on French fries. 12:30 we packed it in and headed for the ramp and home. The fish are NOT biting aggressively at all for some reason, just peck peck so the circle hooks never get set in the mouth. It is frustrating to not getting a good hook set.


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I just anchor up. not any good at drifting.
Very few are good at most things when they start, myself included. That is why we practice. You and grandson could figure it out together; how cool would that be, especially when the rod goes down and stays down.

Think about it, you're not catching diddly squat anchoring either so what do you have to lose.
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I'll drift if conditions are Right,lately the current has been way to swift,,can't wait till calmer waters come down the Ohio....
Agreed!
It's important to match technique to prevailing conditions although I had good success earlier this year drifting in some high water with the current cranking.
Had to run the trolling motor pretty hard to keep the boat speed down and then use 20oz of lead to keep the lines vertical. Fish didn't seem to mind though.

Levels look good on the Ohio right now although it would be better if it was +1.5 on the rise rather than +1.5 on the drop.

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I tried anchor fishing for years and till this day I am almost guaranteed to get skunked. If it weren't for learning how to drift/bottom bounce I don't think I would ever catch anything.

I can appreciate the use of innovative baits but big fish probably aren't going to go for strawberry hot dogs or French fries, gotta get on some shad/skipjack ect. Present them with what they eat every day.
 
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