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Been out twice in the last two weeks on the Zum. and have found some limited success with the Kitties. I've only been using crawlers, but I'm planning to get some livers out there this weekend. All the cats have been 15-20"

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Are you fishing lake zumbro or the river? I take it these are channel cats? I hope to target some at chester this year but don't have much experience with it....the 2 channels i have caught there have both been over 25"....i'd love to pull a 30" one from there this year.

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Crickshop, that's awesome. You been getting into suckers as well? Cut bait should be good, along with the livers.

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Actually I haven't caught any suckers the last few times out. They've been replaced with sheepies. I was actually thinking of heading to where you guys were last week to catch some suckers to cut up.

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