My Big Blue Cat
August 18th. UPDATE: Rain clouds were all around us as we put the boat in the river. We got set up just below Joe’s Crab Shack at 08:10 and a heavy drizzle stated at 08:15. We put on our plastic ponchos and sat it out. No bites and the sky cleared off down river so we headed to our favorite spot, had our lines in the water at 08:50. Joe hooked into the 1st fish of the day at 09:00. It was a channel cat 5pounds 23.5 inches long. Then my rod got hit at 09:05, I boated a 4pound channel cat that was 21.5 inches. This fish hit a 4 inch minnow I had as bait. Then the fish shut down for awhile, no bites. 10:25 Joe’s rod had a hard hit, hooked another 4 pound channel cat also 21.5 inches. 11:00 I caught a 3.5 pound channel cat on French fries. It was only 20 inches long. 11:00 Joe’s line got hammered; the fish was a 5 pound 23 inch carp that gave Joe a hard fight. At 11:50 my rod went down and when I pulled back the line just kept going out! I knew I had a nice size fish at the other end. I was in no rush so just waited it out fighting the fish. I get some line then it took some back, in the end I got it into the boat. The fish was the biggest fish of this year, a nice 15 pound bluecat 33 inches long. That answered one question for me, now I know red hot smokies will get big fish.I was worn out by that fish so we decided to call it a day, All of Joe’s fish were caught with the smokies and my big fish as well. So I suggest having it as a back up bait whenever you hit the river. We headed home at 12:15 with a good smile of a nice rewarding time on the river.
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