It took until June 22, but I finally got my boat on the Ohio River for the first time this season! The river had been down; however the heat indexes were over 100 degrees the past 4 days. I picked up my grandson around 08:00, then headed to get gas for the boat motor. We then took off for the ramp to do some catfishing. I was disappointed when we reached the river; for the current was very fast. The water was muddy with a lot of drift coming downriver.
We got the boat in water around 08:50 and headed down river to where my grandson had caught some fish the other week. We had some problem getting our anchor to hold in the current, but finally got the lines in the water at 09:15. We had no action at that spot so we moved down river a short distance at 10:05. The sun finally showed up and the downriver breeze felt good. At 10:32 my grandson got a bite but missed the fish. 10:40 he hooked into a fish at last! The Bluecat was 22 inches 4lbs. 2 oz. It hit a chunk of onion salt seasoned pork! That was the same bait he had the earlier bite on.
At 11:10 we decided to move back up river for about 30 minutes, to no avail, so we tied up at the restraint for some lunch. We had hoped that we could drop our lines in the area where the fish gather for scraps from the customers. It did not work out that well today, but we did see the fish smack the crumbs we threw in the water.
We got back on the water to fish at 12:15, with no luck at the spot so we moved down to the end of the marina. While we were watching our rods a huge trunk section of tree drifted and wedged on top of our anchor rope. I did not know all the rope was out trying to get stuck in the current. As I tried the move the boat the weight of the drift snapped the anchor rope. What are the ODDS of drift finding my boat on the whole river, then smacking my anchor rope?
At that point, we had no choice but to head for the ramp and call it a day. Getting the boat secured to the dock was not an easy task with the fast current, since we had to tie to the down river side of the dock. I was glad my grandson caught a fish, but it was a shame the river was so messed up. I’m not sure when the river is ever going to get back down for me to try again.
Until next month,
Author of KINDLE E-BOOKS, ROD BENDING CATFISH & SHOP TO SAVE
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