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It was a beautiful river last month but then came the rain!

The river rose and became a muddy mess making it hard to fish.

I came home early to fish here and found 16 ft high waters here too!

The best part of the trip was pulling up to Panther Swamp to talk to a fella catching channel cat. He started packing up and I thought the man just didn’t want to talk to anyone. But I rolled down my window and started asking him questions. He was polite but I could tell something was bothering him. Finally it dawned on me that my Catfish Charlie logos on the doors of my truck probably looked an awful lot like DEPT OF WILDLIFE AND FISHERIES logos from where he was. When I told him I was just a fellow fisherman, not a game warden, he relaxed and we had a good old laugh. He said he’d left his fishing license at home and wasn’t sure he was getting out of the fine he knew he was about to get!

He was a nice old man- I’m glad I wasn’t the game warden!

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