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I got out Saturday night with 3 of my friends and we had plenty of light bites but nothing that we could set the hook on, just a bump here and there. All the bait was picked clean off, we didn't land anything but at least SOMETHING was biting.

Good news is those year old nitro biscuits worked.

Anyone else get skunked?
 

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I am not capable of fishing right now! It sucks that you got skunked but at least you were out there. Perhaps your hooks were too big for the fish or maybe they didn't get into the bait too much. Sounds like what I refer to as "curiousity bites". This occurs when the fish is somewhat interested in the bait, but the initial taste turns it away. As a general rule, I like to take 5 types of bait with me: live minnows, cut bait, nightcrawlers, livers, and some type of commercial bait. Normally you will catch something.
 

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i fished the GMR in Middletown this past week and was using my regular 8 foot medium/heavy action rods and reels and was just getting bumps and the occasional almost run and accidentally caught a channel cat about 3 inches long ( my hook was almost as big as it was ) so i did what most of us would do...i put his arse on the hook and used him for bait but got no hits on it, so the next day i went back and downsized my rods and reels and caught 7 channel cats in the same place ranging from 1 lb and down nothing really worth mentioning but it was still a blast to finally get the first fish of 2008 and i have fished all over in my boat this year from cj brown to indian lake and it took me going back to basics to finally catch some fish, heck what do i need a boat for....lol...and all were caught on night crawlers......HAPPY FISHING.....Mike
 

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Me and a buddy did well on Firday at a local lake. Instead of my normal tightline, I was leaving it slack, so there was no resistance from anything when they first bite. Caught 6 ranging from 2-6#. Also caught one in the Tusc. River Saturday night, but it hit like a champ. Then all I had was a couple of light bites after that.
 

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If the dinks are biting it's time to move. Small cats don't hang out with medium and big ones. Changing bait is not much help either. Just because you change bait doesn't magically make bigger fish appear.I wish I had all the time I wasted back fishing non productive spots. That includes down sizing. Why would I down size to catch fish that keep messing with my bait when I came out for bigger ones?:wink:
 

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i fished the GMR in Middletown this past week and was using my regular 8 foot medium/heavy action rods and reels and was just getting bumps and the occasional almost run and accidentally caught a channel cat about 3 inches long ( my hook was almost as big as it was ) so i did what most of us would do...i put his arse on the hook and used him for bait but got no hits on it, so the next day i went back and downsized my rods and reels and caught 7 channel cats in the same place ranging from 1 lb and down nothing really worth mentioning but it was still a blast to finally get the first fish of 2008 and i have fished all over in my boat this year from cj brown to indian lake and it took me going back to basics to finally catch some fish, heck what do i need a boat for....lol...and all were caught on night crawlers......HAPPY FISHING.....Mike
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i fished the GMR in Middletown this past week and was using my regular 8 foot medium/heavy action rods and reels and was just getting bumps and the occasional almost run and accidentally caught a channel cat about 3 inches long ( my hook was almost as big as it was ) so i did what most of us would do...i put his arse on the hook and used him for bait but got no hits on it, so the next day i went back and downsized my rods and reels and caught 7 channel cats in the same place ranging from 1 lb and down nothing really worth mentioning but it was still a blast to finally get the first fish of 2008 and i have fished all over in my boat this year from cj brown to indian lake and it took me going back to basics to finally catch some fish, heck what do i need a boat for....lol...and all were caught on night crawlers......HAPPY FISHING.....Mike
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