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