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Skinny Water Kitties 3/11/17  (Read 1449 times)
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Well got on the water this morning. Felt good to be going fishing. Aint chased any kitties since first week in November. Baro Pressure was 30.06 and steady...good. Front coming thru this afternoon....good. Wind not bad but will be when front comes thru. Water temp on surface at 8am was 63 degrees. Surface water temp at 1:30 pm was 67.3 degrees.

We see some folks working the banks for crappie and see some shad breaking the surface so we say lets go skinny water kitty fishing! So off we go looking for flooded weed flats and timber in 2 foot of water. Find both in the area around the mouth of the trinity. Took awhile to get there as there was a lot of stumps to go thru.

First hook in the water about 9:45 am. Haven't got all the lines out and the clickers start singing. This was the pattern all morning. Go to a spot. get lines in water and right of the get go 2 or 3 fish in the live well. Then Nada. Move repeat!  icon_cool icon_biggrin

Brad lost two really nice first fish. First one was over 30 pounds easy. That rascal was slapping the surface with its tail. doing the gator death roll, tarpon jumping. Running sideways trying to get around a tree...fun to watch that fight and then...nada... fish off! What the heck!! That fish broke an 8/0 gamakatsu circle hook. Never have seen this happen but the hook was broken! Second fish was a nice un too. I got the net ready but this battle was short lived. That fish was a runaway freight train! Splashed the water
as it took the bait, then the clicker started screaming and that fish was making a furrow in the water and running sideways. Once Brad caught up to it trying to turn it...the fight was on but not for long. Never could turn that fish and he snapped a 50 pound leader around a stump. It was ova quick! Fish won!  icon_eek icon_cool icon_biggrin icon_biggrin

Skinny water kitty fishing taint for the faint at heart!  icon_cool

Ended up bringing 16 real nice eaters home to give to a needy family. Most were 2 to 7 pounds. Only two fish were dark so these were transplanted fish coming into the area with the recent lake rise. Small baits were the key. Lots of small shad and that is what the fish wanted.  icon_biggrin

Bout 1:30 the front came thru and the winds shifted and started blowing so we called it a day.

Filled up a 60 quart cooler with those 16 kitties! Just enuf room left for a 10 pound bag of ice on em till they got to their new home.  icon_biggrin




Last Edit: March 11, 2017, 08:37:50 PM by DavidP

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nice work and report mr p



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Nice going Mr.P !



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Great work and nice report.



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Bravo Mr P.. Good report...



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WTG! Maybe 80# leaders and 10/0 hooks are needed. I say never give a giant catfish an even break.



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WTG! Maybe 80# leaders and 10/0 hooks are needed. I say never give a giant catfish an even break.

I usually fish with 6/0 hooks and Brad almost always uses an 8/0 hook. Have never had one of those series 208 Gamakatsu hooks break! This hook broke right at the end of the first bend. At first we thought it just spit the hook but upon closer observation the hook was broken.

We got access to some 16/0 stainless shark hooks!  icon_lol Big as the palm of your hand! Maybe we ought to start using those rascals!

Ahhh James the fight is the fun. Gotta use the line, rod flex, drag, leader, hook, everything to land a big kitty! We usually win but Saturday was the big fish's day to win a couple. All good. We did lose about 6 rigs that got hung up in the timber.

Skinny water kitty fishing in the trees, it's an adrenalin rush for sure!  icon_cool icon_biggrin They ain't got nowhere to run but sideways or airborne!  icon_lol




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great job Mr P. and Brad. We win some and lose some, that's the way it goes  icon_lol



Last Edit: March 14, 2017, 11:12:33 PM by btroy
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Thanks for the info, Mr P.  We had barely been avoiding the skunk jugging in deeper water so we decided to change tactics after reading your post.  Went straight out from ramp and started string of jugs in 6 fow. string ended with a few in 4.5 fow in field north of ramp.  Started toward point to try spots we had fished in years past when we saw gulls diving close to West bank. By the time we crawled over there they were gone.  Tried the 1.5 water and only got a 2 lb channel cat.  Went back to our earlier destination and tied up.  Barely had out all rods when Gale hooked and landed his PB 31.  Followed up with 4, 5, and 6 in the 2 fow of water area.  Needed some fish fry material so we kept 19 from 2 to 9 lbs and released 4 of under 2 and the 31.  Thanks again for sharing . Love this Forum and the way members share.




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Atta boy Ralphie




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wish i would've read this yesterday lol

went out today and only caught one in deeper water.  Thanks for the information will try "skinny water kitties" next time.




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Nice trip Mr.P  Good to hear you are back on the water.  The east arm has been hit and miss most of the time for us. The normal producing spots are coming up empty and as you state, one or two fast bites then nothing. 




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