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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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The Weigh-In…

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So we’ve set our lines, checked our bait, fished, and headed back in with a whopper.




I’d been dethroned as champion.

But it couldn’t have happened to a nicer fella. And he was so tickled that he beat Catfish Charlie he insisted on taking a picture.


I got lots of fish for the ministry…and met a nice young man. But next year…

I’m taking my title back!!

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Fishing Rodeo Part 3

We checked out our spots, we got our bait…now it’s time to head to the river!

It’s time to bait our big hooks with live bait. You want the big fish, you use the big bait!

Let’s talk about the hooks we need to use.

To start with, too big of a hook is too heavy. Too small of a hook may not hold the fish you are looking for.  You have to find one that’s just right.

The best hook I’ve found is a 11/0 or 12/0 Circle C. I personally use a 200 lb test mono-filament for my drops on my trot line. Your equipment determines the fish you’ll catch.

When fishing a preferred spot, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. In other words, don’t put all your hooks in that one spot. Go to more than one area and scatter your lines.

Now that we have learned what equipment to use, what kind of bait to catch, what hooks to use…it’s time to fish.

And to bring our catch to the Harbormaster for weigh-in.

For 11 years, I’ve been the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Freshwater Catfish Division Champion with my highest weight of one 74.3 lb catfish. But it’s a new year and there are many looking to knock me off my spot.

I get to the weigh-in and…

(to be continued)