The undisputed champ!!!!

Discussion in 'LOCAL GEORGIA TALK' started by jerseycat9, Mar 30, 2009.

  1. jerseycat9

    jerseycat9 New Member

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    Well some backround before we begin. Me and Rick are extremely competetive and there is nothing we wont bet on or try to out shine the other whether its fishing sports or whatever. Well I have had pretty much all species locked up since we moved down here. I have the spotted bass, striped bass, largemouth bass, crappie, white catfish you name it I have caught the biggest one between us all except one!!! The one I should have had from the start the channel catfish!!! I am the more avid catfisherman between and take my catting skill and knowledge pretty seriously. About 2 years ago he set the mark at 11lbs and while it isnt big its big for lanier the lake record is but 14lbs and has stood for quite sometime Ive been close before to his record maybe even tied but it was always to close to call. Well the other day we struck out on stripers and decided to finish the night on the dock with some cold ones and plenty of BS'n for all heck we finally got the flood lights hooked up so why not take it for a test spin lol We caught plenty of dinks nothing big (sorry no pics) And then he hooked up with a nice striper but it hung him into the trees and about 5 minutes after that I watched my rod double over and judging by the ferocity of the bite I thought striper all the way :cheers: I snatch up the rod and feel a good sized fish and keep thinking to myself its fighting odd for a striper till I got it in close and wow looky here a big catfish. Once on the dock we kinda both said the same thing at almost the same time...Me: its bigger than yours.........Him: its bigger than mine!! And there falls the long standing channel catfish record of lake lanier caught by Rick oh and boy did I let him know it too lol Weighed in at 12.2lbs and order was restored once again to the kingdom of jerseycat LOL My PB channel is 26.8lbs but this one felt that much better to catch :cheers: More pictures to come when photobucket stops acting up!!!
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    And here are some funny pictures of Rick trying to get his rod unsnagged after the striper hung him up. One tough rod Id say :affraid: Whats even more amazing that is only 20lb test tied to the rod :affraid:
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  2. jerseycat9

    jerseycat9 New Member

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    Sorry Im a little late with my reports aint been spending much time on the puter lately. Well the other day was the last decent day for a while with the front pushing in with heavy rain and lightning so I took the day off to try and get in on the night bite going on right now on Lanier. I started out the evening on the boat casting bombers towards the shore looking for stripers and found 2 right away but if they were 2 pounds Id be lying. Missed a couple more and then headed back to the dock.
    Since we have got the flood lights hooked up the bait fish have been moving in all around the dock within an hour after the 600 watts of lights are turned on Im talkin gizzard shad, herring and threadfin shad just swarming the dock and the stripers will soon show up. Well after an hour I would see some nice 5 to 7 pounders start running through the lights chasing bait but they would not touch anything I would throw at them flukes, bombers, jerkbaits, bucktails I threw it all even a sebile*. They would follow then turn away at the last second and snub there noses at what I was doing. This went on for hours I had one nice blow up from a bigger fish further out as the lure got close to the lights range but that was it for 3 hours of endless casting but I couldnt give up while Im watching fish feed not 5 feet from me.
    At this point its late around 1am in the morning and Im starting to fizzle out and not seeing as much action anymore maybe one striper every 20 minutes or more. I decided I would take 5 casts with each lure and call it a night. 1st lure 5 casts nothing, 2nd nothing and so on then my last lure was a sebile magic swimmer I launched it way out. Forgot this part Im using 8lb stren original cause the lure I previously was using on this rod was tiny and the stripers werent giants. Back to the story 1st cast with the sebile was a long one to the left of my dock. I didnt expect much same as before but as the lure just got to the lights edge WHAM!!! line starts screaming off the reel and no matter what I can do I cant turn the fish with 8lb test then as we are getting down to bare spool she turned and made a run right back at me and Im reeling like a mad man trying to keep the tension on her and there she goes towards my neighbors dock my heart sunk as this dock has a house boat, 2 ski boats on boat lifts, and a sail boat and she ran right under them all and all this is happening and she is spooling me. I made a split decision to hop in my boat quickly unhook and drop the trolling motor to fight her back out to open water as Im doing this I feel the line begin to scrape against stuff under the dock such as the prop on the house boat the rusty boat lift and the rudder under the sail boat. I kick the motor on hight and drive the boat right into the house boat near the prop neal down on the front and drop the rod under water and tease the line free of the prop.
    Next was the boat lifts I hopped onto the neighbors dock with my boat trying to drift away and got the line unwrapped from the second by sticking my arms under the boat with the rod and using trial and error to get her free, next boat lift had a rusty old chain hanging under it and I managed to grab it with the rod tip and swing it towards me so I can unwravel it and all this while I got a 20+lb striper on 8lb test who isnt very happy at my determination next up was the damned sail boat and its rudder and prop this was not easy I had to get back in the boat drive over to the sail boat and ram my boat between the sailboat and dock to keep it there while I figured out a gameplan for this one. I made my way on to the dock and did the over under all the ropes and cables tied from the boat to the dock and then got on shore to see if I could drop the rod tip under water and finesse it out that way which didnt work entirely I got it free from the prop but the rudder was my last obsticle unless she found the brush piles not far from the boat which she did but she managed to get out on her own I layed down on the dock and tried to get the rod tip low enough to unwrap the line but it wasnt happening so I started to ease her towards me hoping for a miracle as I feel the line scraping and jerking through where the rudder meets the boat. And then after 20 minutes of give and take she must have undone the loop she made cause she was free and in open water again and then I seen her she may not be the biggest striper out there but for 8lb test and all I went through she was the prettiest one I had ever seen. My hat goes off to STREN for this one I swear I will never tie another brand on my rods again!!! And the little lady was on her way to heaven but I took the almost hour to revive her and send her back to the depths I could just let her die after that.
    Thanks for reading my story heres the pics. If you look closely you can see the sailboat I was wedged against and maybe the dock!!
     

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  3. Yakdawg

    Yakdawg New Member

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    Cool report Jersey!

    Sounds like some good times! I have been hitting the north end of the lake the past few weeks and tearing up the crappie! I did get out yesterday and caught some spots and a striper on a bomber on the southend.

    I have yet to find those ten plus cats on lanier, I hope to reel in one of them soon!
     
  4. jerseycat9

    jerseycat9 New Member

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    Now I cant catch a crappie LOL I havent landed one yet this year so I guess we will have to make a trade one of these days you put me on some crappie and I will drag you out in my neck of the woods for some cats and stripers
     
  5. Yakdawg

    Yakdawg New Member

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    Works for me!

    There are crappie all over the lake, but I have been heading up north to target them, the stained water up there makes it easier to catch them! If I were you I would start some brush piles around your dock, I was catching them in 2 feet of water yesterday at the back of an old dock that had a few trees around it.

    I hope to get out next week for some bomber fishing, should get good very soon, I caught one the other night, now I am itching to get back out after them!