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I went out to Beaverdam with a couple jugs to try for a big cat without having to mess around with another rod. I started off throwing the white bitsy minnow to get some perch for bait. I had a few small fish get off. One got away with the bitsy minnow. Somehow the snap swivel came undone. So I had to start throwing the fire tiger bitsy minnow. I wasn't getting anything on the church side so I stated heading to the other side. In the area of the bridge I set out one jug with some mixed vegetables for bait. Along the far shore I found where a bunch of small bass hang out. I caught a few on the bitsy minnow until I saw some big schools of perch boiling the surface. I started chasing after those. I got a few strikes but they just weren't stay on. I yanked one clear out of the water when setting the hook.
Eventually they died down without me getting one so I headed back towards the shallower water where I was able to get one of just the right size. I set the other jug in the middle to the north of the bridge. I tried a jig with rage tail craw in 10-15ft range with nothing biting. Then I went back to fishing near the shore. I switched to senko and hooked up with two more small but really aggressive LMB. I had a few other good hits and misses too. Also got a green sunfish. The last LMB destroyed the last one of that type of senko so I switched to a 4" watermelon one.
It was getting near 8pm by now so I went to retrieve the jugs. I left the perch dangling in the water while a paddled to the 2nd jug and then back towards the church. At the same time I was tossing the senko out in front and letting it sink while I slowly moved towards it, followed by a slow retrieve. Eventually something hit it and briefly I thought it got off until it started fighting really hard. I thought I had a really nice bass on the line. Instead it was this cat. So much for the jugs I thought. I put that one in a plastic container to take home for dinner.
Once that was done I tossed the senko back out. While it was sinking I tossed a beetlespin in another direction. I hadn't retrieved it much When I noticed line coming off the jug sitting in the milk crate behind me. Something finally decided that perch would make a good meal. Maybe now I get a big cat. Hand over hand with line a few times and there it was. Holy crap! I thought. I was not expecting this.
My personal best LMB. Better than 3lbs. 19.5"
So I caught a cat on a Senko and a bass on a cat rig. I guess it all balances out.
Dinner. Hard to beat some fried catfish.
Nice LMB, I have yet to catch anything larger than 2#. Always enjoy reading your reports, especially the ones full with pics!!
The wonders of jugging. Great report.