posted on Jun, 14 2004 @ 08:23 AM
and have just recently moved back to it and since then I've caught a few good fish but nothing like the weights that have been discussed here.
I do have one account that happened a few weeks ago before the latest bout of rain swelled the river to levels that fishing just isn't possible of at
least any fun. I had found a few Hellgrammites
(big cats love them) in the rocks on a shoal
and caught one channel cat about 14 inches. I put it on my stringer and went back to fishing. My next bite was sudden and hard almost pulling the
rod from my hand. I set the hook using 40 lb spider wire. The fish took off, the drag kicked in but it wasn't fast enough. I never turned the
things head and line that I usually had to wrap a stick around to break or just cut, snapped within a second. I was awestruck and decided I needed
something bigger so I went to look at what I had. A storm moved in so it was an hour before I got back there to which I found my 14 inch catfish had
been eaten. Nothing left but its head, no bones like when a turtle eats them. Its body had been taken in one bite! Thats my latest almost encounter
although it sounds more like a "big one that got away" tale.
Also, in discussin this with a family memeber many years my elder, It was brought to my attention that one of the lakes which is used for both
recreation and flood control of the river I spoke of has experienced an usually high number of drownings in the last few years. Its not that big a
lake and has no currents to speak of and most deep parts have been silted in over the years by strip mine run-off. The odd thing is the reports of
abrasions on the arms and legs of the victims which resemble those left by big cats on the arms people who practice tickling and noodling. Its
theorized behind closed doors that the big catfish may be latching on and pulling people under long enough for them to drown when they venture over
spawning ground unknowingly.
I hope to here more about this so I'll keep you all updated.
Edit for interesting link:
[edit on 14-6-2004 by astrocreep]