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2004 CATFISHING SEASON SUMMARY   Article Center   

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By: Norb Wormald
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I now have covered my fishing boat for this year. I may get
about 3 more times to wet a line before December if the
river and weather co-operates. The Ohio River here was up
and down so often I only got to use my boat 3 times. I did
get to fish twice out of my brother's boat this Fall. I am
pondering if it is worth keeping the boat for another year.

I did meet a number of interesting people over this year.
Got a lot of good information on various catfishing topics.
Places to fish, types of baits and such. Learned back in
May about fishing in a big time catfishing tournament.
Should I do it again next year, I will be much better
prepared and know what to expect. I also got a lot of tips
from the folks that sent e-mails over this year. I hope I
was able to provide helpful information to the people that
asked for assistance from me.

Looking over my log notes for the year; this is how
thingsworked out. I did catch catfish on 12 different
baits. I did NOT have any cut or live bait fish such as
Shad or Skipjacks to use. Cooked or raw steak landed 16
cats for me. Galic seasoned and regular chicken liver
enticed 7 cats. Fried chicken skin hooked 4 cats. Prime
rib nailed 3 more cats. The rest were caugth using whatever
I could get my hands on at the time. That covers things
like french fries to pizza dough.

For my 33 times wetting a line in the Cincinnati area I
landed 41 fish. 22 channel cats, 14 blues, 4 carp, 1
striper. The largest blue was only 9.3 pounds. largest
channel came in at 9pounds, and the largest carp topped out
at 9.2 pounds. The cats were smaller than the big ones I
caught last year by several pounds.

My average time fishing was around 2 1/2 hours when
fishing from shore. The 3 trips in my boat around 6 hours.
The 2 times in my brother's boat about 7 hours. Hopefully
next year I will get better results than just over 1 fish
per time wetting a line. Keep the hooks sharp,
tight lines to all. NLCATFISH webmaster for
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About the Author

Have been catfishing around the Downtown Cincinnati area of the Ohio River for over 40 years. Have gone catfishing to Lockport 5 times over the past 10 years. It is the greastest place to catch lots of huge channel catsfish in North America!!

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