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Re: [SkunkedAgain] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Jeff, my son and I were up in your back yard last Sunday 30 Sept. Had planned to go to Benson, but then the front edge of that Tropical storm Rosa started blowing. Got to Benson just at daylight, water was already white capping. So at least it wouldn't be a total loss, went up to the Ballard Bridge. Launched and went up-river. Not as windy there, and depending which direction we where heading at the time, was quite nice at times. Crossed paths with at least 3 other boats coming or going. Even one 2 seater wave runner with 2 guys with fishing poles. Neither us or any of the others had caught anything. Saw quite a few Carp splashing, but nothing wanted the 3 or 4 different baits we were soaking. Went home skunked, but had a nice day (late birthday ) with my son. He was in Georgia on his birthday the 15th visiting his grandmother.
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Re: [Tin-Can] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Havenít taken any yet. Will try to take some tomorrow.
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Hey Jeff, it has been a interesting year forsure. I plan on taking off all of next week and try my luck. Hope I can help catch the South up a little. Caught a bunch of Yuba carp last week and trapped some Sanpete chubs and Redside minnows. Hope they are on the chew!
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Re: [ice_sled] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
finally found a few that wanted to play up here in the north. two 30's a 31, and a little 26"er.

Good luck Ice. Sounds like you've got the bait.

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Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn.
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Re: [Ahi1953] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Good going John. I figured you would find some good sized cats. Good luck. Tight Lines.
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Re: [Tin-Can] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Hey Forest, glad you got out, but sorry the fish didn't cooperate... they are bad that way sometimes... My catch rate has been rather low lately, but I have found a few... I found a bunch of carp minnows last trip so I'm looking forward to the next trip, hope they help my catch rate... Later J
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Re: [ice_sled] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Hey Ice sounds like a great week, I hope you get good enough weather so ya can put that bait to good work... Wish I could spare the leave to do something like that... I took off last week chasing deer so I'm a little short on leave, at least I don't dare take a week off... However, I do have next Monday off so maybe I'll try one day chasing cats... sounds fun and I think my wife is still working so this may be a Jeff day.... Later J
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Iím hoping the weather dosenít effect my plans to much. Donít mind the rain to much but the wind is a concern. Got a few places I fished years ago in the Provo Harbor section of Utah Lake. Maybe I will try my planner boards for the kitties. My Daughter uses them in West Virginia and caught some 60#+ Blue Cats. Might even catch some Eyes. Good luck Monday.
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Son sent me this cartoon........good description of our fishing trip Sunday Sly


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Re: [Tin-Can] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Hey Forest, here are a few pictures of my new ride. Work in progress but seems pretty stable.
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Re: [ice_sled] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Man I like your new boat. Saying it is stable is an understatement--it's rock solid. Wish you could post a before picture so everyone could appreciate how much work you have done on it. If you ever retire and move to Texas I want first dibs on buying your boat. About that moving to Texas: they don't got no ice fishing down there!

Good luck on your last fling at catching up to Ahi. You're just the man to do it.

Did you ever figure out that little hiccup you had with your motor?

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If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
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Re: [catchinon] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Just wanted to say au revoir for a while as I am heading out tomorrow to slay the mighty wapiti. I hope the first thing I read when I get back will be how the South team won the contest in the last couple of days! I will be home on the 15th because it's my wife's birthday. She threatened me with unthinkable retribution if I went fishing then, so I guess I'm done unless I limit out early. Just want to thank everybody who helped me get started with this addiction, those who tutored me and those who took me out fishing with them--you know who you are Smile. It sure has been fun.

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If one advances confidently in the direction of his dreams, and endeavors to live the life which he has imagined, he will meet with a success unexpected in common hours.
- Henry David Thoreau
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Re: [ice_sled] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Ice, well I see a good lookin older aluminum boat. Riveted hull....an older Lund maybe? Looks entirely functional with plenty of deck and high gunwale's. And the color will be easy to spot on the water. Confident you will do well in her. Maybe make it up to Willard next year for the Flotilla in May? Good luck with her.

P.S. Got a good fire extinguisher on board? Wink
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Re: [Tin-Can] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
You are correct Forest. It is a 1986 BlueFin. I was concerned about the rivets. Had it out twice and there is no sign of leaks. Nothing comes out when I pull my drain plug. Will give it a good test next week.
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Re: [ice_sled] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Hey Ice, very nice boat, I really like that one... Best of luck with it and next week.... I'm sure hoping the weather will warm a touch and give us some more good fishing... I need to try something besides sitting and drowning dead minnows... think I ought to take my toon so I can drift and troll a little easier.... May have to get it back out and set up for Monday... Duck hunt will be open, so you think a bright orange toon will keep me from getting shot? I had the planer boards set up on my old toon, but I didn't have much luck with them at the time... Maybe I'll have to see if I can get them rigged for the new one... but then again if I'm drifting it probably won't matter much... Well best of luck... Jeff
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Re: [ice_sled] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
I wouldn't worry too much about a riveted hull. I've had my 14 ft. Lund for 11 years and no leaks.(Lunds have been riveted for decades) Except when I don't get the plug in good and tight Wink. But never so much water in the bilge that the pump can't spit it out in just a few seconds. We have been flying aircraft that are just millions of rivets held together with a coat of paint. And the heavies I worked on in the A.F. put lots more stress and G forces on those rivets than any small fishing boat will ever encounter. You got a good vessel there. She will serve you well for many years. Fact, the boat will probably last longer than the motor.
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Re: [Tin-Can] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Thought I would make an eleventh hour bait run to Yuba. 22 Bugle Mouth Bass. Should be good for the season.
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Wow ! Catch with a net or lines and hooks? That should stock you up quite nice for Cat Contest next year. Wink
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Re: [Tin-Can] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
All caught with line and hook on ultra lite setup. Small piece of night crawler. About 2 hours work to catch, 1 hour to process. Fun morning.
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Re: [ice_sled] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Ultra lite rig......good size Carp..........what a hoot!
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Re: [Tin-Can] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Well been out looking for a last minute Bumper fish . no luck. yesterday before seeing Tin Can I hooked a 27"er on these benson carp minnows. today a nice 30"er. Fishing the channel across the street from where I last seen you yesterday Forest.
Was a cold and windy one today . Not sure if I'll go Monday. will have to see how warm it gets.

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Three-fourths of the Earth's surface is water, and one-fourth is land. It is quite clear that the good Lord intended us to spend triple the amount of time fishing as taking care of the lawn.
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Re: [Ahi1953] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Nice topping to add to a great season John, so last day today... hope all can get their final bumps in... Let's have everything entered as soon as you can, Friday at the latest.... but we will check dates on anything after tomorrow... Been a long, fun season with a ton of nice fish caught this year... Probably the most successful season yet... Thanks everyone... later J
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Re: [SkunkedAgain] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
Well it's over for me. Gave it one more try today It was just too nice a day to stay home. Fishing wasn't to bad nether. No bumps but did catch a fat 15lb 1oz 32"er but no matter how much I pinched its tail or pulled I couldn't get it to the 1/2" mark. Also caught two 30s a 29.75" a 27" and a little 26er.

It has really been fun. lots of great fish this year.
Want to give Jeff (SkunkedAgain) a big hand and Thank you for all the work he dose every year on this contest. Also Thank you to Lynn (BLK) for the prizes donated at the begin of the contest.
thanks everyone for making this an exciting season. hope to see you all at the dinner.

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Re: [Ahi1953] 2018 CAT CHAT!!! In reply to
John you're simply amazing. 92 points in three fish on the last day. Very well done. So far I haven't seen any other entries so I suspect you have defended the title for back to back wins. What a season it's been for you. That last 32 was a real hog too. Probably a little early but congratulations on an amazing year. And thanks for the appreciation. Later Jeff
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