Ohio River Trip

Discussion in 'ILLINOIS RIVERS TALK' started by Jbuck, Jul 19, 2019.

  1. Grago

    Grago Member

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    You ever fish there at smithland, i have some friends that do, one of them went yesterday, he caught 16 channels and smaller blues, he just stays on the outside of the main current, some guys catch some big cats there drifting, i also had a good friend drown there a few years ago, i have talked to several very experienced drift fisherman, they say it is one of the most dangerous dams they have ever fished, just the name alone almost scares me, but there are a lot of good cats caught there.
     
  2. jumpmaster

    jumpmaster Well-Known Member

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    what makes smithland more dangerous than the other dams on the ohio? I have never fished it, so just wondering.
     

  3. Grago

    Grago Member

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    Im not so sure, i dont fish it either, i have friends that do, im sure there are guys on here that can explain it, my understanding has places, with rock that are very shallow, im not sure. https://www.kentuckynewera.com/article_98fb3567-784c-58f3-8ef4-bab6b51b2c14.html Again this man was one of my good friends, dad and i knew him as well, didnt know the guy with him, they said he got caught in a water release and boat didnt start, again just hear say, all i know for a fact is him and a friend were fishing close to the dam, something happened and they both drown
     
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  4. Jbuck

    Jbuck Well-Known Member

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    No, never fished it but have locked through it several times. I would guess the folks advising it's a dangerous location to fish have their reasons to feel that way but I didn't see anything that I thought would make it more dangerous than the next one up river.
     
  5. Jbuck

    Jbuck Well-Known Member

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    We are fishing 25 to 35 ft.
     
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  6. Jbuck

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    On the water pre dawn this morning, one of the banks I scouted yesterday for drifting first thing today had a dredging operation going on out from it this morning so we motored up to another spot we drift often. Two dragging, two suspended, frozen Skip for bait. After about 150 yards one of the dragging rigs started peeling off drag, I thought I had snagged bottom as it was just a constant rod bend, when I plucked the rod from the holder I noticed the line was cutting through the water towards the middle of the river. When I started to reel it became obvious I had a fish and this fish was pulling the boat. Got it landed after a lengthy fight. It was a Blue and it only weighed 35lbs. but it was by far the strongest and hardest fighting fish I have ever caught. Took almost twice as long as my PB of 62lbs. to land. Only fish of the day. Back home resting up to head back down next Wed. -Sat.

    Will try to get the wife to add pictures when she gets out of the garden.
     
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  7. Grago

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    Congratulation , on your blue, i had a friend down there today as well, they dont drift was just fishing on the outside of the current i guess, he said they only caught 13 very small channels , he said gar was driving them crazy , i know nothing of the place just hear say, i know there are some nice fish caught there,
     
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  8. twaskom

    twaskom Administrator Staff Member Administrator Supporting Member

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    Good for you Jay. You were due. It is amazing how strong some fish seem compared to their size. This hard fighters are impressive.
     
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  9. typer181

    typer181 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Right on Jay sounds like a nice fish and well deserved! Some days it's quality over quantity.
     
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  10. Jbuck

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    Pound for pound this had to be the hardest fighting fish in the Smithland pool.
     

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  11. twaskom

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    Nice Blue Jay. Nice Boat too.
     
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  12. Jbuck

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    Brackish*Water Well-Known Member

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    wow nice fish....

    only? :eek1: a 35 pounder?!?

    :tongue1:
     
  14. Jbuck

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    That is what my cheap WM scales indicated. He fought way above his weight class though.
     
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    typer181 Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    Did he look like he was spawning recently?
     
  16. Jbuck

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    Not really, his tail wasn't roughed up and no scars on his sides.
     
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  17. jumpmaster

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    you were due, congrats.