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Hey Guys -- Fished today -- Had a blast - Shad was hard to catch and skippys were all over the place below the dam . Was fishing for Stripers and catfish -- Below is a picture of a 24# Blue Cat - that I caught and released - I let dad pose with it -- hehe - I guess he wanted to tell his buddies he caught it -- Only for you Dad .... Caught a few stripers and catfish - The fish were biting good in the swift water - The catfish was taken on what I call a Warren special -- It was a skip jack head with the gil plates cut off . Lots of fun with my lighter tackle I was using for the stripers ...
 

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Nice fish! It's even better when you get to go fishing with your Dad...
I was looking at some of your fishing supplies tonight and I noticed a "new" 6'6" rod... you have it listed as a Musky/catfish rod, by HT? Can you tell me if you've fished it, or anything more about it?

Thanks

Nice boat too.....
 

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Hawkeye -- It is an inexpensive rod with some backbone .. It is a cheap rod that impresses me .. It has a blank that should do the trick .. I would not be scared to take in a big kitty with it ...
 

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Warren special?

What effect does cutting the gill plates off have? I can see where it might release a little more scent, and feel better in the fishes mouth, but I have never known a big blue to stop and taste test (unless it was when he stopped in the next county, kinda like the Burlington Northern) LOL But other than that???
 

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Dam?

What dam were you behind? The only ones I have fished at are Pickwick and Wilson. If the fishing is any easier where you are, I might have to try it.
 

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I am fishing below Nickajack .. The blues seem to be sneaking in a little at a time ... Right now the stripers are hot-n-heavy -- The fishing is not hard -- You just use a lot of gas running back up to the dam ..
 

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Oook

Never heard of that one.?. Cumberland?

That is the way it is below Pickwick and Wilson both, run up and drift back down. BUT, some of us have come up with a secret solution. Get right ON the edge of the swift water at Pickwick and you can anchor fairly safe. But there are certain conditions. First, you have to wait until they have most of the turbines on that they are going to run, then, use plenty of rope, just in case they do turn on more, and lastly have a SHARP knife very handy and don't be afraid to use it if you have to. Oh yeah, be sure to use an anchor that you wouldn't mind losing. Or even get behind the turbine boils and tie to the face of the dam.

BUT, don't even think about anchoring behind Wilson, you will lose anchor, rope and if you are lucky, not the boat.
 
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