What A Day! Chickamauga Cats & Bass, 5-17-2008

Discussion in 'LOCAL TENNESSEE TALK' started by rsimms, May 18, 2008.

  1. rsimms

    rsimms New Member

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    What an awesome day of fishing. Seems like I always have good luck when outdoor writers come to visit. Larry Self, a good friend and well-known outdoor writer from Greeneville, Tenn. came to visit Saturday. I talked my good friend, Eric Maurer, into sharing the waters of Chickamauga Lake with us. Eric holds more TWRA Tennesse Angler Recognition Certificates than anyone in the state (150-plus).... and several IGFA line-class records.

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    We hit the water at sunrise and of course Eric's expertise with a cast net got us plenty of bait, although I brought a supply of chicken breast.

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    The bite was hot right off the bat, and I must say me and my chicken breast had Eric and Larry worried for a while.

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    But Eric of course got his groove on....

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    And it was actually one of those days when the fishing-catching was pretty evenly distributed. Although Larry and I cheated and caught a few extra white bass for fun.

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    We put 16 cats in the boat in about 3 hours, biggest 14# with a few lost fish, and even one broken leader. That's when we decided to drown a few of Eric's shad in search of bass. They were there. I got to claim big fish although Eric had a much bigger one on that jumped and came aloose at the boat.

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    We departed the Chickamauga Lake about 12:30... Larry and I loaded up my boat and went looking for some catfish in the Chickamauga Tailwaters.

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    We didn't catch big numbers, but we caught some big fish... Larry got pretty excited when we put a 19-pounder in the boat. On spinning tackle and 8-pound test that was great fun.

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    Next drift... Larry reeled in an 18-pound fish. More fun. After a while longer I got "thumped" good. Many, many, many minutes later Larry got the grabbers on a 38-pound beast. That's the biggest cat I've ever caught on light tackle (8# test). It was a battle of wills.

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    With that we decided to call it a day... and what a great day it was. Thanks to Larry for sharing his great pictures! He's good. Watch for Eric on a magazine rack near you. Life really is good and gettin' better every day.
     
  2. bdporch

    bdporch New Member

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    All i can say is Dayum!! Thats a really nice trp you had, a little jealous now lol. those days make up for 364 not so good days. Man great fish.
     

  3. stumpjumper

    stumpjumper New Member

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    Thanks for another great report!
     
  4. mmarcum6

    mmarcum6 New Member

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    Sounds like a great day for a visitor Richard. Glad you all did great and had a good time. Thanks for sharing the post brother.