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    • #1657
      kingpost
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      Years ago when I worked for Georgia Outdoors we would have summer big fish contests. It always seemed that the winners came from small ponds. Don’t neglect the little waters just because the big lakes get all the press – they also get an awful lot of fishing pressure. Recently fished a small lake in a DeKalb County park, sorry that’s all the location I’m givin’, one rod for bottom fishing and a ultra-lite outfit for bream. Fitst cast with the big rod and the float had not even settled down when a 2 pound channel cat hit the nightcrawler and wound up on my stringer. Little bream were taking red wigglers on the ultra-light as quickly as I could cast out, set the hook reel them in and release. Got a keeper bream on the bottom rig and then another on the bream set-up. Plenty of fish for me, that day, but made one last cast with the ultra-lite baited with a red wiggler remnant. Immediate strike but when I set the hook it was no bream. I saw the big fish swirl and knew it was the best fish of the day. Turned out to be a four and a half pound channel cat. That one took some time to wrestle in on the light line but finally the beautiful, healthy cat was on the bank. Cleaned, smoked over hickory and consumed with gusto. Good fishing to you all.

    • #1658
      kingpost
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      Lets see if Picture comes through.

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    • #1660
      Outdoorsman
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      Yes Sir! That’s a GREAT couple of Cats. You are right Small Ponds are full of fish Congratulations.

    • #1667
      huntaholic
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      That’s a GREAT Catch ! They Eat Good too. I need to find time to get out there Myself.

    • #1669
      travmorr99
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      GREAT looking Fish!

    • #1687
      kingpost
      Moderator

      Thanks for the posts! One recipe hint. Most canned chowders are pretty skimpy when it comes to meat; I took about six or eight ounces of the smoked/cooked catfish and added it to a can of Manhattan Style Clam Chowder. Fast and easy and that made a really hearty fish stew. The smokey flavor of the catfish went perfectly with the tomato based soup. Next time I’ll try it wits a gumbo. Ling live the Channel Cat!!!

    • #1694
      huntaholic
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      That sounds like GREAT Eats!

    • #1716
      kingpost
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      Another small lake update. Fun with fast hitting shellcrackes on a fly rod and add another catfish, a four pound Blue Cat this time. Next trip I’ll rig for bass. Saw a number of one or two pounders cruising. and i understand there are some larger ones lurking about. Who cares about the heat when the fish are biting.

    • #1810
      D-Mo
      Participant

      Great fishing story! Small Ponds are good opportunity.

    • #1888
      kingpost
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      Stopped by the little lake – Cofer Park Lake, in Tucker – and got in some fishing time. Another good blue cat and another party caught an albino channel cat, probably 5 or 6 pounds. Some better shellcracker decided to bite also. The day before I saw the first bass I have seen caught. A young fellow pulled a pound and a half or two pounder out of the moss. Chartreuse plastic worm worked weedless through the heavy growth. With all the moss in most of this lake you’ve got to go topwater or weedless. Still need to get to the far end of the lake; that’s where the better bass are supposed to lurk. Hopefully, pictures next time. Good fishing, y’all!

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