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Discussion in 'LOCAL VIRGINIA TALK' started by caveman, Oct 24, 2007.

  1. caveman

    caveman New Member

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    hey all, i'm a newbie here.

    i'm in new kent county, 20 min from, the chick and the james!!

    i'm looking for some tips on rigging up for big cats on the james?

    any honey holes are welcome too!:big_smile:


    thanks
    vaughn
     
  2. bumper

    bumper New Member

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    Hey Vaughn, welcome to the BOC. I'm from GA so I can't help you out with the James, but I'm sure someone that can will come along shortly. Good luck fishin'.
     

  3. catfisherman60

    catfisherman60 New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC. from Arkansas
     
  4. rspd507

    rspd507 New Member

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    Vaughn,
    Welcome to the BOC. I cant help ya out with any info in that area but im sure there is alot of people here who can. I think you will find alot of great people here who are more than willing to help a guy out. rspd507
     
  5. Big Dav

    Big Dav New Member

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    Hello Vaughn,
    Welcome to the BOC. Lots of great friends and information on here. Sorry, I wish I could supply you with some information about the James but I am on the wrong side of the state.:sad2:
    There are plenty of James regulars on here that I am sure will be able and willing to help out.
     
  6. crab

    crab New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC!
     
  7. justlearning

    justlearning New Member

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    Vaughn, welcome to the BOC. Trying to learn the James myself. Went with Chris Harris a guide in 2005 and Nov 23rd will be hooking up with Captain Hugh…..Hughes Catfishing Guide Service….. http://www.hughscatfishing.com/index.html. I downloaded and printed a map and I must say that will be a big help.

    Much better than the store bought GMCO maps.

    http://ocsdata.ncd.noaa.gov/BookletC...okletChart.pdf

    http://ocsdata.ncd.noaa.gov/BookletC...okletChart.pdf


    From what I see most guys are using the Carolina Rigs with 3 to 8 ounces of weight, one modification would be to use a sinker slide so you could change the amount of weight used without a lot trouble. From what I’m seeing depending where you’re at on the James the amount of weight needed could vary a bit. I see a lot of guys using 40 lb test line and a 60 lb test leader from 18” to 30” long. I think a big majority use circle hooks somewhere around a 8/0.

    I’m using mostly 50 lb test and a 80 lb test leader. Also just started trying some braided Power Pro. I use the Gamakatsu Octopus Circle and snell it with a #2 high-quality saltwater barrel swivel at the other end.

    I really like the feel of my Tiger Rods , 7 foot, medium heavy…with a Abu Garcia 7000 series bait caster.

    Of course the best rig out thers is no good without a perfect knot….I use all palomar knots…I would suggest checking out PowerPro.com

    I’ve heard the best fishing is deep holes and submerged structure between Wilcox Wharf and the mouth of the Chickahominy River.

    Good Luck…..Tight Lines…..Jerry
     
  8. justlearning

    justlearning New Member

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    Vaughn, welcome to the BOC. Trying to learn the James myself. Went with Chris Harris a guide in 2005 and Nov 23rd will be hooking up with Captain Hugh…..Hughes Catfishing Guide Service….. http://www.hughscatfishing.com/index.html .

    Captain Hugh also has a DVD out that has a lot of info on throwing a net, bait and catching the big boys and girls. It's called "Trophy CatFishing On The James River" you can check it out at:
    http://www.visualfilms.com

    I downloaded and printed a map and I must say that will be a big help. Much better than the store bought GMCO maps.
    http://ocsdata.ncd.noaa.gov/BookletChart/12252_BookletChart.pdf
    http://ocsdata.ncd.noaa.gov/BookletC...okletChart.pdf

    From what I see most guys are using the Carolina Rigs with 3 to 8 ounces of weight, one modification would be to use a sinker slide so you could change the amount of weight used without a lot trouble. From what I’m seeing depending where you’re at on the James the amount of weight needed could vary a bit. I see a lot of guys using 40 lb test line and a 60 lb test leader from 18” to 30” long. I think a big majority use circle hooks somewhere around a 8/0.

    I’m using mostly 50 lb test and a 80 lb test leader. Also just started trying some braided Power Pro. I use the Gamakatsu Octopus Circle and snell it with a #2 high-quality saltwater barrel swivel at the other end.

    I really like the feel of my Tiger Rods, 7 foot, medium heavy…with a Abu Garcia 7000 series bait caster.

    Of course the best rig out thers is no good without a perfect knot….I use all palomar knots…
    I would suggest checking http://www.powerpro.com/using/palomar.asp

    I’ve heard the best fishing is deep holes and submerged structure between Wilcox Wharf and the mouth of the Chickahominy River. And then others just fish between Hopewell and Dutch Gap.

    Good Luck…..Tight Lines…..Jerry.....hey man....justlearning
     
  9. wolfman

    wolfman Well-Known Member

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    Walter Flack
    Vaughn, welcome to the B.O.C., best catfishing community on the planet
     
  10. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Vaughn Welcome to the BOC, from So. Illinois.
     
  11. Arkansascatman777

    Arkansascatman777 New Member

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    Vaughn & Jerry, welcome to the BOC/SOC.
     
  12. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the BOC from Missouri.
     
  13. caveman

    caveman New Member

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    thanks guys!

    thanks jerry for the info/charts!!

    i checked out the tiger rods at the new gander mountain store here in richmond, they're nice:big_smile:

    i've mostly used spinning reels, but i'm itching to give baitcasters a try.

    i'm 35 and have been fishing since i could remember. i just haven't really tried or gotten setup for the BIG-UNS!

    i think i'm grown enough now! lol


    vaughn
     
  14. justlearning

    justlearning New Member

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    Well Vaughn.....You've heard the old saying you can't teach an ole dog new tricks....well you're to old to learn to catch the BIG-UNS now....once over 30 it's no need to try.....lol....Well this ole dog is 53 and justlearning new tricks....best of luck.....Jerry
     
  15. splitshot

    splitshot New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Vaughn, were glad your here!!
     
  16. caveman

    caveman New Member

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    i'm on my 2nd marriage and 3 kids total!


    i really need to go fishing...:crazy:



    vaughn
     
  17. PhillyCatcatcher4

    PhillyCatcatcher4 New Member

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    :0a25:Welcome to THE BOC Vaughn. :0a25:
     
  18. jdstraka

    jdstraka Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Welcome Aboard Vaughn.You Hang around here and I'll Guarantee The Folk's will put You on the Biguns.J.D.:wink: