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Discussion in 'Ohio River Fishing Reports' started by mrfishohio, Oct 1, 2004.

  1. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    Hit the river yesterday. Hard to get shad, caught a 10" bluecat on a skipjack rig. Caught 2-3 drums, one channelcat, one bluecat, one flathead. None of the cats were over 9-10#, maybe 6-8 ?
  2. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    River shows it's trace...



  3. Nice job on the fish Jim :) Good to see you got out.daryl
  4. Baitkiller

    Baitkiller Baitkiller

    Thanks for the photos and pretty Flathead :D !

    Mrfishohio, please explain to me what a skipjack rig consists of.

    I did get out on the river near East Liverpool Wed from 5 PM till 10 PM. 6 Flatheads and 3 Channels all on Shad heads. The bite was soft and 4 of the six Flats were hooked on a stinger hook that was used.

    I've been getting the Shad at local lake spillways before hitting the river. I never have tried on the Ohio.

    "Good Hunting Guys"
  5. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    Killer, a skipjack rig can be any of several types. One is a commercially availible rig called a sabiki rig. Usually they are too long to handle easily (6') so you can shorten them to about 3 or 4' long. They have a series of small "flies" on them on 3" drops, and a snap on the end, I usually put a small 1/4 oz jig & 2" white curlytail on that. A variation is to add a small spoon vs. the jig. Another skipjack rig that works well is to tie a small barrel swivel at the beginning then 3ea. 1/8 oz jigs about 10-12" apart & then a 1/4 oz on the bottom, put 2" white culy tails on the jigs. The heavier weight on the bottom helps to keep it from tangling up on a cast. I use heavier line on the rigs, at least 17# and often 20# test. Lighter line will get tangled quicky as the skips do their summersaults & gyrations in the water & on the ground. I know I have a few pictures somewhere, I'll look for them.
  6. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    Okay, here's a rig, with a jig on it, the jig got hit by a WB and a fly with a wiper ! :rolleyes:
    The shad was spit up by the wiper. :eek:
  7. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic the package.

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  8. flathunter

    flathunter Mellons mentor

    Glad to see you getting out agin Jim, I hope we can get together for a late fall Bluecat trip.
  9. i got shad wed in a creek with a big shallow flat cought them in 4to 6 feet of water on the up current side of the flat may have changed by now
  10. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    That's one made from 1/8 oz better for the bigger skips.
  11. mrfishohio

    mrfishohio Recovering Fishaholic

    Some variations with spoons, etc. ( Not the topwater & striper jigs..... ;) )
  12. this is exactly why i,m hooked on old man river.let hear some more.
  13. When I lived out by Racine dam we caught them fishing for white bass all the time. Big ones too. 3 inch white curly tail on a 1/4 ounce plain jig. The bad part was they die very quick and i would never have my catfish/striper setups when we caught them. They would bite usualy when it was sunny and the water wasn't stained. I never could catch any on a sabki rig. I tried and tried but would only catch them when I didn't have a cooler and ice.