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AGOOD MORNING OF CATFISHING
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A GOOD MORNING OF CATFISHING
There was a pleasant breeze on the river as I headed my boat to the first fishing spot of the day. I got my lines in the water at 07:15 in hole that was 40 feet deep. No action in 20 minutes so I moved down river to my favorite spot so far this season. I put the poles out at 07:40. At 07:50 got a good solid bite on my skipjack bait. I picked up my rod as the fish tightened up the line, hooked him good. It took a little time to get the nice blue cat to the boat. He was 24 inches long and weighed 6 pounds.
The next bite came at 08:10 as my rod started to bounce in the rod holder. The moment I pulled back I realize he was a big fish by the amount of pressure he exerted on the line. He just did not want to come up off the bottom. Every time I made some progress of a few yard he turn and head back down. I knew I had a strong rod and 30 pound test line , I was just going to wait him out. Sure enough after a gallant fight he surfaced. I was thrilled to see this big Flathead at last. He was the 2nd largest Flathead cat I had caught. This guy was 33 inches and the digital scale said 17.4 pounds. That is a nice flathead by Cincinnati standards. He was so long I was not able to hold him and get a good photo of him. Once the picture was taken, he was return to give another person the same thrill I enjoyed.
Then at 08:30 same pole’s clicker alerted me of a bite. I had to wait on this guy to finally tighten up the line before could I set the hook. This one was a nice fish but not as big as the flathead. When I got him to the boat, he was a nice Channel cat. As I was measuring him out in the boat, my other rod’s clicker sounded off! I set the hook and knew this was a small fish. I did not even need the dip net for this channel cat. I then finished measuring the larger one, he was 6.5 pound and also 24 inches. The small fry was only 18 inches and 2.5 pounds.
I checked out 3 other spots the rest of the morning and had only 2 other small bites. The Ohio River is exceptionally clear at this time, with a slight current. The temperature was in the mid 70’s by the time I headed home.
4 catfish with a total weight of over 40 pounds in under 5 hours ranks as one of my better trips on the Ohio River. Tight lines to all
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About the Author: I have been catfishing around Cincinnati for over 40 years. The past 15 used a small fishing boat to check out different spots on the Ohio and Licking Rivers in the Cincinnati area. I have a web site dealing with Catfishing in the Cincinnati area with tips on baits, river stage info and fishing spots from the Bank or boat.