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#1145769 - 01/24/09 04:01 PM Winter Cats on Chickamauga Lake
rsimms
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I've been trying to get a fishing trip in with Raymond Beach and his grandson Josh for several weeks. Between illness, raging floods and freezing cold, we've been having a hard time making it happen. Today we finally did it.

It was an absolute miserable morning (weather-wise). Raymond and Josh came well-prepared, but after an hour or two of cold, cold rain and wind, I was about to say "Uncle." The fish weren't helping much either. But the rain finally quit and we made the right move.

I'd marked a spot on my GPS on December 28th. A month later, it was still good. Josh boated a fish on each of the fist three drifts.

The day turned into a bit of a slugfest... but there were enough fish to keep us plugging away. We boated 14 with the usual number of missed and lost fish. It was reasonably steady action whether we were putting them in the boat or not.

No monsters today... just about all of them hit the 8 - 12 lb. range.



Water temp was 39 when we put in... climbed to a whopping 44 after the sun shined a while. As we were photographing a fish one time, a gentleman in another boat asked, "You're catching catfish in THIS water?"

Answer... "Yes."



TWRA Creel Clerk Tim Poole stop by to survey us. I was proud to see our fisheries folks out there keeping tabs on things.

All in all, it was just a downright fun day on the water (after the first two hours ) with two super anglers ... which means life is good and gettin' better every day!
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#1145809 - 01/24/09 04:41 PM Re: Winter Cats on Chickamauga Lake [Re: rsimms]
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Makes me want to get out an freeze for a few hours. \:D
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#1153884 - 01/29/09 12:29 PM Re: Winter Cats on Chickamauga Lake [Re: Kirk]
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Nice!
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#1155102 - 01/30/09 07:38 AM Re: Winter Cats on Chickamauga Lake [Re: Mathews Hunter]
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how deep do you fish t find 'em right now..i suspect old hickory lake isnt a top place right now,but maybe below the dam? Guess you were using the faithful chicken breast?
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#1155222 - 01/30/09 08:25 AM Re: Winter Cats on Chickamauga Lake [Re: tennoutdrsman]
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 Originally Posted By: tennoutdrsman
how deep do you fish t find 'em right now..i suspect old hickory lake isnt a top place right now,but maybe below the dam? Guess you were using the faithful chicken breast?


Fishing in lake... 45 to 55 feet deep. Actually I have a supply of frozen skipjack and bluegill on hand. But I've heard from some other catching them on chicken breast.

It's all the same... cats just want a chunk of dead meat.
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#1155601 - 01/30/09 11:20 AM Re: Winter Cats on Chickamauga Lake [Re: rsimms]
tennoutdrsman
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dang!I gotta get me a boat!
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#1155613 - 01/30/09 11:26 AM Re: Winter Cats on Chickamauga Lake [Re: rsimms]
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BBBRRRRRRR! I don't know if I've got it in me......Congrats to y'all though.. ;\)

rsimms, Your on FishingTN too aren't you? I get on there to watch that Mcferin guy cause he always reports for Tims Ford, and I thought I saw your name on it. Just wondering..

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#1156106 - 01/30/09 03:33 PM Re: Winter Cats on Chickamauga Lake [Re: Baxter83]
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 Originally Posted By: Baxter83

rsimms, Your on FishingTN too aren't you? I get on there to watch that Mcferin guy cause he always reports for Tims Ford, and I thought I saw your name on it. Just wondering..


Yep... I live mostly on three forums, TNDeer, Chattanooga Fishing Forum and FishingTN. Hit some others occasionally but those are "the Big Three."

Rick is a good fisherman... not too many folks know Tims Ford better than he does.
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#1156321 - 01/30/09 06:08 PM Re: Winter Cats on Chickamauga Lake [Re: rsimms]
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that looks like fun!!!
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#1157546 - 01/31/09 05:50 PM Re: Winter Cats on Chickamauga Lake [Re: Football Hunter]
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cool
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