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The catfish journey


PeachyHans

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Good morning everyone! I hope you all have had better luck than me recently. I'm beginning to think I need a wise mentor to guide me because the kitties continue to elude me... I have been to Peninsula point park in Anoka, Crow river near Rockford, Coon Rapid's dam (BP side), and a handful of metro lakes (Harriet, Bde Maka Ska, lake of the Isles, and Wirth).

I have the following areas picked out for my next trips:

  • Gray's Bay on lake Minnetonka
  • Hidden falls
  • Minnehaha where it meets the Mississippi

I have been using crawlers or cut suckers on a carolina rig. Sometimes I'll switch it up and lighten the weight for a float.

 

I suspect a possible gar sighting on one of my trips, but it cut the line (40lb test braid) with a fierce head shake. A clean cut right at the hook. I wish I could have gotten a better look at it ? It hasn't all been bad though! I caught some other species in the process and met some awesome people.

 

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