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2019 WV Catfish
« on: May 14, 2019, 10:36:55 PM »
   Figured I'd just put this in as a thread and update it through the summer as the occasions occur.

 An unexpected weather changing in October caught me without replenishing my catfish supply. I'd given everything I caught away as I caught it thinking I will stock up on my next trip. Weather and work cooperated for a few days catfishing but the bait are less so. I set several minnow traps in the creek in the front yard yesterday but the water is up a bit and the minnows and chubs aren't restricted to just the deep holes which is more ideal bait catching conditions. I only caught about 3 dozen and even kept a small crawfish or two. I crush the bigger ones and put them back in the trap for bait as I have poor results for catfish on big crawfish. I loaded Sampson, my catfish hound, up in the boat today and we hit the landing at Bluestone Lake 8.5 miles away and tried our rockpile where we normally catch lots of small sunfish and bluegills for bait. Today it was windy and very cool and I only caught 8-9 so I crossed the lake to get away from the wind. I drifted up to a big hickory log I was going to put a dropline/bushhook on. I hooked a decent crappie on my bait pole but the #10 cricket hook did not have enough bite to land him so I swapped poles to one with a #4 hook and put a small minnow on. I landed a 1-1.25 lb crappie but my time was getting short so I put my first line out with him on for bait. If something gets him it should be a good one. If not I will take him home and eat him.

 I put out about 40 more hooks till I ran out of bait so I checked the lines and had one 4 lb and one 9.5 lb channel cat and about a 3/4 lb crappie on one line. I just rehooked the crappie and put him back in the same spot. I'll go ahead and take up my lines in the morning and try again when bait is more available. I could buy some big minnows or goldfish but that would be sort of like buying lumber. Catching the fish on my own bait is have the battle. We have enough fillets now to feed us several meals and hopefully I'll have several more in the morning as they bite much better after dark most of the time. We will see.


 Poor location for the photo with the shadow. 9.5 & 4 lb channel cats.


 Probably close to 10 lbs of catfish fillets from those 2.
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Re: 2019 WV Catfish
« Reply #1 on: May 15, 2019, 11:10:13 AM »
   Okay I left the house at 0638 and had the boat unloaded at the landing by 0700. I have gotten that down to a pretty quick routine.

   My 1lb crappie had escaped or gotten eaten. The hook was on an underwater limb. I had another hook hung on a log under the water. I had to cut it and lost the lead and hook. Could have been a catfish or maybe just an active bait got it hung. My 3/4 lb crappie was still on the line so brought him home for lunch. I had one 3.5 lb channel cat and one nearly 4 lb blue cat. I'd rather not catch our blues as only ones with any restrictions - 2 per day limit and 24" minimum. This one was about 26-27 inches long. My next to last hook had a 17.5 lb flathead so I still had a decent mess and will likely have a fish fry here later this month or next month. We meet monthly somewhere and I try to host a fish fry 1-2 times a year. We always have a great time at it.

    I'll try again in a week or so and hopefully the bait will cooperate and I can stock up some more.

My 18' Johnboat, 25 HP Evinrude & 13 lb Catfish hound Sampson. He had a great time trying to tear up every catfish we landed today.


 Our morning catch - about 25 lbs total. Biggest is 17.5 lb flathead.


 A big pan full of catfish fillets and one crappie. Probably 17-18 lbs of fish. ready for the corn meal and corn oil.
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« Reply #2 on: May 15, 2019, 11:21:05 AM »
What time should I be there for dinner? 
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« Reply #3 on: May 15, 2019, 12:11:53 PM »
    Just let me know when you will be in the area and I'll put the water for the grits on the stove, put the baked beans in the oven, grate the cabbage for the cole slaw and start heating up the grease. :D You'll have to make your own hushpuppies though as that is not my forte. :(
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« Reply #4 on: May 15, 2019, 01:12:29 PM »
Nice mess of filets!  digin_2
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Re: 2019 WV Catfish
« Reply #5 on: May 15, 2019, 08:37:07 PM »
OK, I will make the hushpuppies. 
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« Reply #6 on: May 15, 2019, 10:40:01 PM »
    Great. I'll get a bag of boiled peanuts out of the freezer so we can have authentic southern hors d'oeuvres while we wait for the fish and hushpuppies to fry. 
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« Reply #7 on: May 16, 2019, 05:30:04 AM »
Just fish for me.  ;D  Fun to read your fish stories.  Sampson has a good time I see.
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Re: 2019 WV Catfish
« Reply #8 on: May 16, 2019, 07:14:52 AM »
Ray,

Just because hushpuppies are made from cornmeal, they are nothing like grits. 
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« Reply #9 on: May 16, 2019, 08:54:01 AM »
   That's right - they are better. Well, maybe not better but just as good in a little different kind of way.

   I got my new Lowrance depth finder yesterday and today's goal is to install it.
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« Reply #10 on: May 16, 2019, 09:20:07 PM »
Well I never had hushpuppies so would have to try them. As long as I don't have to mix it with something to make it taste good :D ,I will give it a try.
But the beans you can have. Might eat a little,but hate to take up space for the meat. ;D   We had beans just about every Saturday. That brown bread I still like. But most times pass the beans on to the person beside me.
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« Reply #11 on: May 16, 2019, 09:24:29 PM »
Im betting you would like hushpuppies. A little butter just takes em up a notch.

We could have a hushpuppie cookoff.
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« Reply #12 on: May 17, 2019, 07:48:01 AM »
   I have never in my whole life heard of butter on hushpuppies. :o  Are you one of those who puts sugar on your grits too? ::)

   My wife cooked the first mess of catfish last night along with the crappie. She about burned one side of him to a crisp but the other was perfect. Cole slaw, baked beans (with little cross cut hot dogs in them) and well done tater tots. We had a young friend came over who does our IT work. He took most of the leftovers home for his dad.

   Maybe we should meet at Poston's place for the hushpuppy challenge as he looks to be about half way from Danny to you. I can bring the fish because you have to have the fish flavor in the grease.
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« Reply #13 on: May 17, 2019, 08:07:26 AM »
Are you one of those who puts sugar on your grits too?


:D:D:D  Sugar on grits!!  :D:D   Blechhhhhhh!!!

Butter may be unusual and unnecessary, but sometimes it happens.  Restaurants bring butter sometimes with the order of hushpuppies.  

See y'all at the Poston Hushpuppie Project. :D 
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« Reply #14 on: May 17, 2019, 08:08:53 AM »
I am in.
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« Reply #15 on: May 17, 2019, 09:33:19 AM »
Are you one of those who puts sugar on your grits too?


:D:D:D  Sugar on grits!!  :D:D   Blechhhhhhh!!!

Butter may be unusual and unnecessary, but sometimes it happens.  Restaurants bring butter sometimes with the order of hushpuppies.  

See y'all at the Poston Hushpuppie Project. :D
They brought the butter to put on your grits. :D If you order in a real classy restaurant down south they already have the butter in the grits and the extra butter is for the biscuits.
I am in.
We might ought to ask the host and figure how many are coming so we have enough fish and you know how much hushpuppy batter to mix up.


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« Reply #16 on: May 21, 2019, 02:52:53 PM »
  I am worn out and Sampson is hoarse. We put out lines last night. I ran them one time after dark. I had 7 fish that weighed 38 lbs total. The biggest was about 10 lbs. I lost one on the same line I caught the 17.5 lb fish on last week. I got to him about 8:30 pm and the line was raring. He looked like a Troy Landry Tree Shaker pulling the limber limb completely under water. Just as I reached for the line it was like an evil Djinn untied it and I watched the pink flagging with my name on it I use for markers sliding underwater. I am sure it was operator error and just a poorly tied knot but why did he have to wait till I was 3' away to watch it? I have lost a lot of fish and they were all big ones - that's my story and I'm sticking to it! :D


 Top 3 weighed 25 lbs, other 4 weight 13 total. I staked them out in the creek overnight to clean today.

  I went back this morning and had 11 more fish plus a 2 lb blue that was undersized per state regs so he is back in the lake. Total 74 lbs including a 22 lb flathead.



 11 fish.


 Smallest 7 fish - 27 lbs total


 Largest fish - 22 lb flathead



 78 lbs of fish yielded a 5 gallon bucket full of fillets - 42 lbs of boneless fillets. 20 more lbs of fillets off the first 38 lbs so 62 lbs total. I see fish fries ahead.

  I cleaned fish till 2:00 pm. I saw a couple there about 5:30 pm running a trotline and I watched them take fish off what looked like 5-6 hooks in a row. All looked to be about 4-5 lbs. I don't know how many total they caught. They caught their fish on the bottom in 20+ feet of water on shiners. Most of mine were in the top 2' on minnows and small bream.
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« Reply #17 on: May 21, 2019, 08:06:20 PM »
Sampson is doing well, and you ain't doing bad yourself.  ;D

A Grandson sent me this picture of him with his largest from this past weekend.


 
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Fishing envy....Don't get me started 8) 8) 8) 8)
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« Reply #19 on: May 21, 2019, 08:47:18 PM »
Are big ones like the 50 pounder fit to eat?
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