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This group is for all the members that enjoy an occasional bend of your rod from Carp, Catfish, Redhorse Suckers, Quillbacks, Gar, Bowfin and other undesireables........Our hearts are with the beloved Bluegill but we don't shy away from a big battle!

Location: Anywhere they grow......
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Latest Activity: Sep 23, 2016

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BOWFIN LOVERS 7 Replies

Since it must be Bowfin Monday, I just thought I'd offer this to any of our BBG members who have ever caught or photographed the powerful bowfin. Southern boys and mid-westerners alike, show us your…Continue

Started by Jim Gronaw. Last reply by John Sheehan May 25, 2016.

Blue Cats from the James and Potomac 2 Replies

I am hoping to try for some blues on the tidal Potomac this Monday...Hope to tangle with some of the big cats, like these from previous trips...…Continue

Started by Jim Gronaw. Last reply by Slip Sinker Nov 15, 2014.

Channel Cats in Ponds 6 Replies

We have had a very good week with pond cats, and largemouths, locally. Pond catties are available to us in about 8 different small bodies of water, both public and private. We have been getting them…Continue

Started by Jim Gronaw. Last reply by Tony Livingston Oct 17, 2013.

Well, well, well...look what the fly drug in! 5 Replies

Fishing slow and deep for a big gill and connected with Mr. Whiskers.Continue

Started by Rex Robinson. Last reply by Ray Ditzenberger Feb 13, 2013.

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Comment by John Sheehan on June 15, 2014 at 7:46am

Richard, looks like you are buying your wife a new blender and you acquired the old one . What's the recipe you're using .Working good for you?  .......................Nice Channel Cat Allen!.........here's one from the Genesee River in Rochester NY ,5 hours north of me. Trolling CC Shad cranks and Shad Raps. Also here's my 1st ever Sheepshead ,about 5 lbs

Comment by David, aka, "McScruff" on June 13, 2014 at 10:41am
Sweet!
Comment by Allen Morgan on June 13, 2014 at 10:30am

Finally been getting some rain upstream of my location, and there's water moving in my river.  Keystone Dam has been generating A LOT lately, so this morning, I went up there to give it a go.  Landed one, had a few bites with no hookups, and hooked and lost "something" when it got tangled up in the rocks on bottom.

Comment by richard lytle on March 17, 2014 at 7:55pm

just mixed up my chicken liver dough bait  and now the smell won't get out of the blender.my wife is going to beat me stupid lol

Comment by richard lytle on January 2, 2014 at 2:27pm

wish me luck iam going to do some cat and carp fishing .temps 15-20 deg and snow oh yea

 

Comment by John Sheehan on October 16, 2013 at 5:44am
Comment by Jeffrey D. Abney on August 19, 2013 at 11:48pm

Welcome to the group Dusty!

Comment by Allen Morgan on August 12, 2013 at 1:41pm

Thanks John.  I still consider myself to be "learning".  You can never learn enough!

It was kind of interesting, as one of my friends showed up.  He's a fishing guide for Stripers and Hybrid Striped Bass.  He and his wife are camping at a State Park a few miles away.  His boat is in the shop right now, so he's having to relearn the whole "bank-fishing" thing.  I ended up showing him where the fish are, how to catch them, and even let him borrow some gear, as he didn't have his "stash" with him.  I also helped fill his stringer.

Comment by John Sheehan on August 12, 2013 at 12:56pm

Great report Allen .Would like to fish for cats on water like you have access to and learn the craft!

Comment by Allen Morgan on August 12, 2013 at 12:36pm

Keystone Dam, 8/12/2013

 

The Corps. Of Engineers has 38,000 cfs going through the dam right now.  There are Shad and Ghost Minnows by the THOUSANDS in the water up on the sidewalk, up against the wall, and in the eddy up to the current seam.  As a result, bait was easily caught with one throw of my cast net.  So much bait, in fact, that I ended up opening my net and let most of them go, then dumped what was left into my little bait cooler, of which only half made it in.  That still left me with enough bait for hours of fishing.

 

I was armed with a 12’ surf rod, a large Styrofoam slipfloat, and a 25 lbs test leader with 2 oz weight and a 5/0 circle hook on a dropper loop.  I originally had my rig set to hang the bait about 4’ below the surface, but that was just at the bottom of the bait ball, and small fiddler cats.  I reset to hang the bait about 6’ down.  That proved to be ideal.  I wasn’t getting a lot of bites, but the ones I was getting were all decent fish!

 

I ended up catching 3 Blues and 5 Channels.  Two of the Channels were small fiddlers, and one of those was a snag.  Some other folks were snagging just as many fish as they were legitimately hooking, which is a good indication of just how thickly the Cats were stacked up below the bait ball.  I also caught a Drum, no big surprise there.

 

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