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#2916653 - 08/22/12 04:04 PM Fishing sucked yesterday
catman529
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well I spent the day in my boat from around 7am till late afternoon below old hickory dam. The fishing was so slow I pulled out and went up to the lake and rode around and fished there a bit.

Below the dam all I caught was a few shad in the cast net and caught a drum with one of those shad. I was between the spillway and Mansker creek multiple times and nothing was biting, I could not even catch a single skipjack despite throwing jigs everywhere and changing the retrieve speed and depth. There were also very few fishermen out there on boats.... most people were just the usual bank fishermen. during the morning I trolled a shad rap from the boat ramp all the way down to the green bridge, with not a single fish (usually I would at least catch a drum this way if not a catfish, bass, walleye or sauger)

once I got into the main lake I rode around a bit since I don't know OH lake at all. I cast a weightless fluke along the shoreline for a little while with no fish, then put on a trout magnet and caught a couple of bluegills for bait. Took the bait to a cove and dropped cut pieces down on 2 lines for a while hoping maybe a catfish would find them... nothing there either. I wanted more shad but every school of shad on the surface was about 1 inch long fish that slipped through the cast net.

On the plus side, the weather was perfect and I got to trailer the boat and run it with the gas motor for the first time. I switched around the head on my tiller trolling motor so I have it mounted on the bow and it still pulls the boat in the 3-5mph range. I'd say I get maybe 10-15 mph on the 5 horse. Everything yesterday was great except for the bite. Hope it picks up again soon. Been wanting to get into some more rockfish.
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#2916674 - 08/22/12 04:25 PM Re: Fishing sucked yesterday [Re: catman529]
Hangnail
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If the wind is coming from the north, northeast, east, and even the southeast, stay at home unless you just have to get out. Not saying you'll get skunked, but you won't catch numbers for the most part. If your schedule and money is flexible, pay attention to the wind.
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#2916738 - 08/22/12 05:37 PM Re: Fishing sucked yesterday [Re: Hangnail]
TNCharlie
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Catman, sorry about the lousy fishing day, but that sure makes you appreciate the good days. I was really happy to read that the motor worked well for you. I was concerned when I saw your other notes, but you seem to have something figured out. Here's hoping that you have many, many good days with that rig.

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#2916754 - 08/22/12 05:53 PM Re: Fishing sucked yesterday [Re: TNCharlie]
catman529
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thanks again Tncharlie. Glad I got the motor working and it pushes my boat well. Might hit the duck river next time. Thinking of putting in at iron bridge because howard bridge looks sketchy... Ramp is steep and has loose gravel which isn't good for 2wd... Might have to try though. No problem launching below or above old hickory dam. I saw an older sedan hitched up to a bass boat trailer \:D so maybe my setup is better than I think.
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#2917080 - 08/22/12 10:41 PM Re: Fishing sucked yesterday [Re: catman529]
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Guess thats the way it goes. I had a good day on the Duck. Several nice smallies and a big largemouth. The bites been picking up a bit.
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#2917121 - 08/22/12 11:52 PM Re: Fishing sucked yesterday [Re: AllOutdoors]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: AllOutdoors
Guess thats the way it goes. I had a good day on the Duck. Several nice smallies and a big largemouth. The bites been picking up a bit.
that's where I was planning on taking the boat next. Not sure what day though.
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#2917200 - 08/23/12 06:18 AM Re: Fishing sucked yesterday [Re: catman529]
GRAMPS
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At least you got to go fishing. Remember the saying, "a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work."

Better luck next time. \:\)
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#2917454 - 08/23/12 09:59 AM Re: Fishing sucked yesterday [Re: GRAMPS]
catman529
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 Originally Posted By: GRAMPS
At least you got to go fishing. Remember the saying, "a bad day fishing is better than a good day at work."

Better luck next time. \:\)
Oh yes I live by that saying
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#2918540 - 08/24/12 07:46 AM Re: Fishing sucked yesterday [Re: catman529]
GRAMPS
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That is very good. Always enjoy the time you spend fishing. Catching fish is just a bonus. \:\)
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