Went out for Smallies, got Flathead catfish & Channel catfish

Discussion in 'OHIO RIVERS TALK' started by Ol Whiskers, Apr 1, 2006.

  1. Ol Whiskers

    Ol Whiskers New Member

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    Finally got out to fish today. Arrived below the Knightsbridge dam at 7:00, looking for smallies and saugeye. With the little bit of rain from last night, GMR was up abut a foot, not much current, and clarity was maybe 12 inches. Stream gage said water temp was 52 deg F. Wind south to west, maybe 3 to 5 mph, and cloudy. Air temp 50. Started throwing a 4" orange twister grub on 1/4-oz jig. Third cast, hooked up on a monster. About 20 minutes later, on 6-lb line, banked a 26-inch flathead.

    CPR’d flathead, throwing same orange grub, 6 casts later hooked another monster. Battle again, and banked 27-inch flathead. This one was a little skinnier.

    I’ve never caught flats in early April on the GMR, but hey, I’ll take ‘em. Snagged a 12-inch sucker, and a really nice crappie about 12 inches made a premature release right at my feet. Couldn’t buy a smallmouth, saugeye or walleye hit. Put out the Danny King Punch Bait about 8:30, and raised 6 channels, all less than 5 lbs.

    Wind shifted north at 10 to 20 mph around 10:30, drizzle started, and only managed one last channel just before noon. It was a great day to be out.
     

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  2. explayer

    explayer New Member

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    that is pretty funny I bet it was fun and that is all it matters
     

  3. kspor

    kspor New Member

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    Perhaps you have hit upon a catfish mecca. I am packing up my scooby doo pole and making a roadtrip
     
  4. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    good to see their biting already! think im gonna wait a week or so more to target them.
     
  5. pendog66

    pendog66 New Member

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    heck with next week Dink, lets get out tomorrow for alittle bit
     
  6. dinkbuster1

    dinkbuster1 New Member

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    thats a definate maybe, let me see what i can get out of.
     
  7. rairdog

    rairdog New Member

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    I usually catch 4 or 5 flats a year on twisters but not until May.
     
  8. bestcatterindaNATI25

    bestcatterindaNATI25 New Member

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    Nice catch. I hope they start biting for me
     
  9. RamRod

    RamRod New Member

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    Nice way to start the year out.
     
  10. rockbass

    rockbass New Member

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    Sounds like an awesome day for sure! Makes me wish I was closer to that body of water;)
     
  11. bro_catfish

    bro_catfish New Member

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    Thats an awesome way to start out the season ....Im going out tonight for a while ,,not sure where but Im going to head out today with my new cast net and try to get some stunted gills out of my pond to use ,anyone wanna go ?
     
  12. Ol Whiskers

    Ol Whiskers New Member

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    Thanks everybody. I was a surprising morning. Conditions must have been just right. River was on the rise, and the rain was pretty warm out of the southwest, might have bumped the water temp up a notch to bring 'em out. These 2 flats were caught at the tail end of a deep channel, and there was plenty of baitfish activity. Funny thing is, two teenage boys were fishing goldfish just above me and never took a hit. Guess I was in the right palce at the right time.

    Hope to see you out there.

    Dennis
     
  13. H2O Mellon

    H2O Mellon New Member

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    Sorry Dennis, I didnt see this post, thats why i made the other thread.
     
  14. river scum

    river scum New Member

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    nice job bro.! guess its time to say goodbye to the channels. lol
     
  15. warcraft1975

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    people underestimate jigs for faltheads,they work when nothing else will