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This one’s a couple days late.
After a family Labor Day picnic I decided to hit the GMR.
Things started out a little slow but eventually the fish turned on.
My first fish was a flathead ~ 20” or so, I got that one on an XPS Nitro Shad. After loosing the Nitro Shad I tied on an XPS Nitro Minnow and caught three saugeye one right after the other. I was having a conversation with another fisherman and I mentioned that I wasn’t having such a great year for smallmouth. No sooner had I said that than I pulled one out, not a big one maybe 12” or so. Maybe five casts later I got another one; this one was a little better, it was a hair over 16” and just over 2 ¼ lb. Things slowed a little and I was thinking about leaving when a channel cat took the nitro minnow. Shortly after that I caught a bunch of drum, the biggest was 21” and a little over 4 lb. After a while I was thinking about leaving again when I hooked something that started peeling my drag. I let it run a little bit and then tightened the drag a couple clicks and put a little muscle into it. We had a see-saw battle going on for a couple minutes; then it found a snag. I was making some headway as far as getting it out but my line could take it. I went through a range of emotions, used a little profanity and ended up leaving about 30 minutes later.









 

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River fishing is the best to have the ability to catch many different species of fish. Looks and sounds like you had a great day. Nice fish!
 

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Is there any way to get to the west side of the dam other than walking all the way down from the boat ramp? That mus be at least a half mile.
 

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That’s the west side, I know someone that lives in the neighborhood behind the dam. I had a good time up until I got broken off. I’m thinking it was a hybrid and it was a nice one; it just ran, it didn’t dive or jump. It snagged me on a sunken tree or something; I could feel it wearing itself out trying to get free, my line just couldn’t take the abrasion.
 

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That’s the west side, I know someone that lives in the neighborhood behind the dam. I had a good time up until I got broken off. I’m thinking it was a hybrid and it was a nice one; it just ran, it didn’t dive or jump. It snagged me on a sunken tree or something; I could feel it wearing itself out trying to get free, my line just couldn’t take the abrasion.
Same thing happened to me downstream of the dam last week, was using a white grub catching smallies and saugeye. Flipped my bait behind a huge rock breaking the current, something grabbed it and just took off. I've caught 20+lb flathead using the same rod/reel/line while bass fishing, I never gained any ground on this dude. He started heading for an obvious cluster of snags I tried to rear back and horse him at that point and he broke the line.

I noticed at the end up my broken line was two little chunks of flathead slim...


I haven't had a day like you described at all this year, think the most fish I've caught in one trip may have been around 4. (aside from bluegill fishing) I hope this rain don't screw the river up to bad, like to get a few more cracks at it this year.
 

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Same thing happened to me downstream of the dam last week, was using a white grub catching smallies and saugeye. Flipped my bait behind a huge rock breaking the current, something grabbed it and just took off. I've caught 20+lb flathead using the same rod/reel/line while bass fishing, I never gained any ground on this dude. He started heading for an obvious cluster of snags I tried to rear back and horse him at that point and he broke the line.

I noticed at the end up my broken line was two little chunks of flathead slim...


I haven't had a day like you described at all this year, think the most fish I've caught in one trip may have been around 4. (aside from bluegill fishing) I hope this rain don't screw the river up to bad, like to get a few more cracks at it this year.
I think the rain might kick things up a notch. The fish are going to put on the fall feed bag pretty soon.
 
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