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#1176709 - 02/12/09 02:30 PM Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today
rsimms
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Jack Williamson had a break from his classes so his Dad, Scott, decided to try and hook him up with some catfish.

We were launching onto Chickamauga Lake at first light into a cold wind leftover from yesterday's storm system. But as has been the case for me lately, the early bite was good.



We had plenty of fish eager to eat some shad or bluegill either one. Plenty of fun was to be had for all the first couple of hours, and we had my "secret hole" all to ourselves.



But every fish we caught was in the 5-10 lb. range. We just couldn't get into the bigger double-digits.

About the time everybody else got out of bed, the bite slowed down.

But we persevered and were rewarded just before we had to quit.

Jack went toe-to-toe with what I knew was going to be a good fish. When he finally got him into the light of day I was shocked. It was an absolutely submarine. Took me a little while to manhandle him into the boat and almost didn't have enough floor. He wasn't the heaviest, but I swear this may have been the longest catfish I've ever had in my boat. He measured just over 50-inches long.



However he'd done battle with either a trotline or a net. He was beat up and almost skinny. Still he dragged the scales down to 46 pounds and Jack had a tough time showing him off.



He was the last fish we caught, but what a way to end a brisk, beautiful morning. Life is good and gettin' better every day.
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#1176785 - 02/12/09 03:10 PM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: rsimms]
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Wowsah! Gonna have to rig up a trough fryer for a big boy like that! Congratulations on putting them on the Ritz out there, Richard!

Or is that "putting on the Rich"?
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#1176813 - 02/12/09 03:30 PM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: Nimrod777]
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That is a long one. Silver bullet.
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#1176937 - 02/12/09 05:27 PM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: Kirk]
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That is awsome you all catching a lot of them? My son is five but man he loves to catch cats! Good luck next time maybe a bigger one will come your alls way!
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#1176940 - 02/12/09 05:35 PM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: Kirk]
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 Originally Posted By: Kirk
That is a long one. Silver bullet.


That's what she said.
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#1176948 - 02/12/09 05:44 PM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: rsimms]
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Now that right there, is a catperch. Could you email me a picture? I's like to work it into a sidebar in about a week. Need the guys name, date and whatever you feel is pertinent.
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#1177010 - 02/12/09 06:18 PM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: bowriter]
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Sweet pics!!
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#1177049 - 02/12/09 06:33 PM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: THE ONE]
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Got it(them) prolly week after next.
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#1177064 - 02/12/09 06:44 PM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: rsimms]
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 Originally Posted By: rsimms
 Originally Posted By: Kirk
That is a long one. Silver bullet.


That's what she said.



I told her not to laugh when she said it.

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#1177718 - 02/13/09 07:02 AM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: Kirk]
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cool pics
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#1177842 - 02/13/09 08:04 AM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: Football Hunter]
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good trip!
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#1177844 - 02/13/09 08:05 AM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: Nimrod777]
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#1178298 - 02/13/09 11:16 AM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: spitndrum]
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Nice Fish!
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#1179544 - 02/14/09 07:58 AM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: Kirk]
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Nice cats... what part of the lake did you get em from?
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#1179663 - 02/14/09 10:27 AM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: ShaneHallum]
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Wow! What a trophy! congrats
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#1179943 - 02/14/09 04:14 PM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: ShaneHallum]
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 Originally Posted By: ShaneHallum
Nice cats... what part of the lake did you get em from?


Sequoyah Nuke Plant area...
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#1179947 - 02/14/09 04:15 PM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: ]
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 Originally Posted By: tink69
When do you start using chicken breast?


Whenever I can't catch, or don't have time to catch, a supply of bluegill or shad.

I'm about out of shad, and getting low on bluegill now.
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#1180849 - 02/15/09 08:53 AM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: Kirk]
tennoutdrsman
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using skip jack or cut shad on that one?
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#1183599 - 02/16/09 11:22 AM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: tennoutdrsman]
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 Originally Posted By: tennoutdrsman
using skip jack or cut shad on that one?


We were fishing cut skipjack and bluegill. I actually can't remember which was on the hook when this one hit... we caught fish on both.
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#1183886 - 02/16/09 03:34 PM Re: Caught a Big Blue Submarine Today [Re: rsimms]
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