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Catfish Contest Last Day
Wow its here already the final day to bump your scores is today. Ill give you till tomorrow to have your entries posted but today is the last day to catch them. Good luck. Jeff
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] Catfish Contest Last Day In reply to
Hey...the 15th is the 15th. I have a final trip planned for tomorrow and conditions are going to be ideal. When did you decide to back it up one day...just because you ain't fishing? And what difference does a day make in the great fishing cosmos?

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It Has Been Another Fun Filled Season .
Thank you Jeff for the work you put into this contest. Know it is tough with work. farm and trying to get a line wet once in awhile. To keep the scores up to date.

Good luck to any of you going to look for that last minute fish.

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Bump.
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Hey thats right the rules say Oct 15 midnight

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Today is the 14th Tuesday is the 15th we should still have 2 days of fishing. But as John said thank you for all the hard work and keeping thing collected and posted even during your chores that has got to be difficult you do awesome.



Respect the fish!
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Oops I cant run a calendar lets back that out one more day. Sorry for the screw up. Okay tomorrow is the last day to fish and report by Wednesday. Sorry one more day if you want to use it. I thought today was the 15th. I did get out but 25 was the best I could find so no bump for me. Later Jeff
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Thanks Jeff. I had scheduled off work. Hope to do better than I did Saturday! I caught only 5 fish and 25" was the largest. 47 degree water didn't help either.
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Just finished a PM discussion with Pisco. He noted that on the past couple of trips in colder water that the best fish of the day was the first fish. He wondered if the larger fish were feeding more at night.



That led me to remember how cats act early in the year. When water is cold, daytime warm temps raise the water temp a few degrees and it remains warm into the darkness. Temperature sensitive fish like cats are likely to become more active in warmer water and in fact a lot of big cats are caught during the early months right at dusk and after dark.


But, as I pointed out in another thread, cats are just plain succumbing to lower metabolism. They move slower and eat less...and less often. So we see a lot more on sonar than on the end of our lines. And finding them is no guarantee they will open their little mouths.


That being said, I have traditionally caught some of my biggest cats of the year during October...and during the daytime. Combination of being in the right place at the right time...with the right stuff...and a lot of luck.

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Youre very welcome it has been fun once again. You sure have put on a great show again this year. One day away from another title unless something wild happens. Best of luck. Jeff
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In case you didnt see my reply I was goofed up on my dates so tomorrow is still open for contest entries. Thanks for pointing that out. Good luck. Jeff
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Good luck Ben, hope you do well. I found your 25 and a 22 and 19 today. Plus a 13 LMB that was fun too. But no bumps to my score. Those cats today were into spiraling as they came in at least after they wore out. Guess the cold is effecting their fights. Well have fun. J
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We worked the Bear River Sunday, nice weather, got nothing but pestered by wasps and donated a couple more hook leaders to some snags.
Decided to give Willard another shot yesterday, Monday. Weather was very nice. Air temp at 0830 launch was 42, water temp in the south marina was 49, going up to 52 out at the feed lot, then 55 at 2:00 p.m. when we quit. Only saw 3 or 4 other boats on the water, and again, no fish harmed.
Cat contest was a real hoot this year. The wife signed up for the first time and got in to the high 70's which is better than I did the first couple years.

Many thanks to Jeff for keeping the contest running, again........Wink
Was nice meeting some BFT faces at various venues.
Ahi1953 (John) enjoyed sharing some of the river spots with you again this year. jig-fisher, ice sled, Pisco, hook set, BLK, r2u2, Mrs. J, enjoyed the contacts and reading your contest posts.

This is where the year starts to get busy with family gatherings, and holidays.
Hope to see as many as possible at the Contest Dinner sometime in November.
As many of you continue to fish, and even venture out on to the ice this winter, please take care and caution.
Best of luck.............Fishin'
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Hey Forest you had quite the year, bumping your score way up from years past... Congratulations on a great accomplishment... Sorry to say I haven't done much this year to keep things going, it's been mostly you guys that keep out there after the big ones... Really been fun to see the high level of big numbers this year. I think we've had more high scores this year than any year I can remember... I thought I had some good numbers back in May when I sort of took the fishing retirement gig for the farm season. But they sure didn't hold up... Not even sure if I'll finish in the top 15 this year... But I do like having this for an excuse to get out... I wouldn't have made it out fishing yesterday if it wasn't for the contest, so glad to have an excuse to get on the water...

As far as banquets go we have been talking about November 6, 7, 13 or 14th... We need to see if one of these dates will work best for our group... I also need to see if I can get our venue lined up for sure... Hoping all are okay with Holy Smoke, I like their food and they are great to work with... Anyway thanks again for the post... Jeff
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Well Jeff, from my figures, you, me, Catslayer, and Hook set are tied for 11th place Sly. My wife and TNA are tied for 16th place......Wink.

As to the dinner, Holy Smokes is fine for us. 7th, 13th, 14th are all good for us, but 13th is best for the wife cuz she is off on Wednesdays.
6th no good for me.....have a Dr. appt that day and won't feel much up to being out that night.
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Jeff,

My wife and I will be celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and be out of town the 6th and 7th. Although I am only one of many, I understand if others need to have it one of those days, just letting you know.

Thanks for keeping it going and the great upbeat attitude towards all the contestants and entries. Its been fun.
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This is my first catfish contest and it was great. Thank you for all you do Jeff. I am looking forward to next year's contest.
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So it's too late to sign up for the contest, huh? Dang...

Guess I'll just have to come to the dinner again.



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Thanks for your input, will try to work around 6th. Good to know when is best for folks so we can try to rule out the worst times. Always nice when we can get a good turn out. Thanks Jeff
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Hey Paul congratulations and I appreciate the heads up on dates. I had been leaning towards the second week myself so its good to see that it may be the better time. I hope you can make it this year, I look forward to meeting you. Guess by now you know if youre going to spoil John or Bens party. Hope you had a good last try. Later Jeff
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Hey thank you for those comments it helps make it worth doing if we know others are having fun with it. Hope you can join us at the shindig. Its more about meeting members and shooting the breeze than any formal banquet, but we do spread a few prizes around and maybe even a trophy or two.

Rather than wait for the next catfish contest I love the ice challenge which will be starting about the time we have the banquet. Its a great contest too if you like the hardwater. No charge like cat contest so sign up for it and see what you think. Later Jeff
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Hey Rocky we missed you at the flotilla so its great to hear youll join us this fall. Getting to be a fun fall ritual. Is the 13th or 14th best for you? I kind of like the 13th but Im flexible. Later Jeff
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I really enjoyed meeting you at the banquet last year. I hope everyone realizes that anyone and everyone is invited. There has been a lot more going on than just catfishing and this is a chance for all of us to get together.

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Count on me for a prize again, too. Either of the latter dates is fine for me.



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I've been on the edge of my seat, waiting to see Ben or Paul to bring in a last minute 34 incher to take this years win.

And any of the dates and Holy Smokes is good for me. The foods good. The Company is better.

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(This post was edited by Ahi1953 on Oct 16, 2019, 5:54 AM)
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Thanks for work and dedication in all you do to have a great contest. All you efforts are greatly appreciated. I fished yesterday and couldn't get a bumper. Fished for 8 hours; only 12 cats. 28.5" being the largest. Fun contest as usual. The latter dates work best me and my wife for the banquet. Tight lines.
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Well it didn't happen for me. I fished for a bit in the afternoon on Monday, after hitting the duck marsh, only had one good serious bite, but when I went to try and put a hook into it, nothing was there. Lots of tiny bait stealers pestering the baits. That cold spell we had last week really shut them down. I had to work late yesterday and never made it out. I think we might of heard from Ben by now if he got one yesterday, but he could just be messing with us all and put the hammer down at the last minute.. Unless that happens, looks like you are safe again. Nice job John!
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Looks like we were replying at the same time. I guess that will make it nearly official, John has done it again!
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Looks like John does it again! No messing around. If I had caught a bumper it would have been posted from the boat! Great contest.
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Ben, you were nipping at John's heels all summer, and only missed him by a half point. But you do have the biggest single Cat for the contest Wink

I imagine John will take a bit of a break now, or just fish the river "for the fun of it" Laugh. That's what I'll do between now and ice up. This weekend weather forecast is rather cruddy, so might get the boat winterized and just keep the river poles and tackle bag ready to go for a few more weeks.
Been nice meeting you this year, hope to see you at the dinner.
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Thanks Rocky, that is much appreciated and I'll get with you off line to decide who we will place your prize with... Thank you very much... Jeff
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Well John looks like the two closest competitors didn't overtake your score. Few more hours and we'll get you off the edge of your seat... Still have Sharksugar out there that might be able to reach your score and I know you've been worried about me too, so I'll let you know I didn't do it either.... just kidding... ( I know you weren't worried about me.) Maybe Paul will let us know if Bottomwatcher even went catfishing this season, I know he probably does worry you at least a little bit... Anyway tonight at midnight is the deadline for posting fish caught yesterday and then we'll make it official... Nice champion effort again this season... With the serious competition you had this year, it is a real accomplishment to earn the top score. Anyway till the end we'll keep watching with you, even though the writing is sort of on the wall at this point... Later Jeff
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Hey Ben, you sure come close to unseating John this year and looks like your biggest fish will probably hold up... Congrats on that and hope you and your wife can join us... We will most likely have a prize for you, but come for the associating it will be better than the prize I imagine... Well if your score would have been as low as mine, your fish yesterday would have been a bump and a tie score in the top twenty, but since it wasn't me catching that fish, I guess the south still holds the lead in the top twenty... Thanks so much for all your help and efforts to support the group this year, we really appreciate all you have done, and thanks for making the contest such a nail biter this year... congrats... Jeff
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It was he and I that hit the duck marsh together on Monday morning. No he really didn't get out this year. He said he tried a couple of times, but without success. He loves to hunt and spent a lot of time shed hunting, spending time with his kids, etc. He was also helping a friend with his cache moose tag by scouting and going with him when he was hunting. Hopefully next year will be a little different.
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Paul, wanted to congratulate you as well for an incredible first season on our contest, you really rocked it... I'm sure John and Ben weren't all that happy for that serious of competition, but team north is really glad you saved us this year in the top ten... Thanks for joining in and putting in the time... congrats to you as well, you definitely had a champion score... Thanks Jeff
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Hey looks like our posts crossed, thanks for the update on bottomwatcher, I'll bet John just relaxed a little... Craig hasn't fessed up whether he came from the pack to take top honors yet... But catching 3 bigs in the same day is not too likely this time of year... could happen, but the odds are against it.. Thanks again for the update we'll keep watching and see is Sharksugar got out and found a hog... Speaking of hogs, wonder if hogstalker got out, there is another one to worry about... Later Jeff
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Well, no more fish for me. Tried the river again yesterday but couldn't get anything to bite.
Congrats Ahi!
Thanks SkunkedAgain for all the work you put into the contest. Looking forward to next year. Looks like I better dust off the small cat trophy to.
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That pretty much puts the last nail in the coffin. John I recon this will be a threepeat unless BLK or someone out in the wings has a crazy lucky day... So Sharksugar, I guess it looks like Josh Gaardvark might have that smallest kitty wrapped up this year... Can you make arrangements to get the trophy to us so we can get the updated plaques on it as it's passed forward? John, guess we need the same thing for the overall trophy... I need to get the new ones in place, or might could bring the plaque and some glue for Johns, seems he gets to keep it... Would be nice to have the hall of fame trophies on display for the awards banquet... Thanks for the update to help us not have to wait up until mid-night to know if John's the champion... Later Jeff
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If it's an open meet and greet at the holy smoke school of bbq, cookie and I will try to join the catfish crew. And next year add our names to the battle royal.


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It is definitely open to all that would like to attend and we look forward to having you guys join us there and in future contests as well.. We use the excuse of an awards banquet, but it's mostly just a fall get together for all that like to talk fishing and tell lies... or who simply want great Barbeque while their significant others talk fishing... Lots of spouses come and join us... Anyway welcome and see you then... Jeff
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Ithe 13th would work better for me and my boys.



Respect the fish!
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Re: [Mooseman75] Catfish Contest Last Day In reply to
If that day will work for Holy Smoke (Jeff) then we will plan on the 13th, I believe that is a Wednesday evening... I'll find out and pass it on... Jeff
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I didn't want to 'fess up what I did, but here goes. Just before the midnight deadline I caught a 34 and a 33 but I forgot how to make the flash on my camera work, so no pictures. Sorry to disappoint everyone.

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Oh yeah? Well here is the picture of the 37 incher I got on the last day. Two reasons why I didn't submit it for the contest. First...I had to use two hands to hold it for that picture...without the sticker and the measure board...and clicking the camera with my teeth. And before I could set it up with the bump board and sticker it flopped out my hands and disappeared. Probably would have been disqualified anyway because it would have gone beyond the 36 inch mark.


Second, I couldn't bear to think of what that picture might do to BLK...when he saw that I had caught his "Moby Cat". By the way, Lynn, I put a mark on the water where I last saw that cat as he dove back into the depths. Could swore I heard cat chuckling.

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Couple years back I fished the day after the contest ended and caught a 29.5" cat, would have been my biggest fish of the year, but that's how things usually go... I learned better this year and haven't been fishing for cats since the contest ended... The frustration of the big one not showing up until after the finish line is too much for me to bear sometimes... That and I needed to get the last hay hauled out of the field... Got a fence to fix and I think I'm all farm funned out, except for selling hay... Later Jeff
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When does the ice fishing begin? I mean lakes frozen enough to get out on?

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That is a good question and hard to answer since it's so weather dependent... Most years you start to see the crazies hit the high elevation lakes in late October to early November... Last year the second week of November got us on some higher stuff up above Logan... Usually the main lower lakes don't start fishing until around Christmas.. But every year is different all depends on how cold it gets... Watch for consistent temperatures below 17 to get stuff freezing enough to build ice... We'll have to see when Ron is ready to kick off the contest, we try Nov. 15th in the past... Later Jeff
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You sure there wasn't a 3rd reason..............? Like maybe that one was caught a few years ago......? Sly

Just kidding Pat.
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In case you hadn't guessed, those ain't my purty hands in that picture. Not my fish. Dang it.

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I figured something was "fishy" about that photo...........Laugh