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Mark (we are officers in the Texas Instruments (TexIns) SCUBA Club together), Zeus (we serve as family pets in the Stewart household together), and myself launched out of Little Mineral around 6:30 Saturday. I was surprised and sad
to see that there is no store, or floating boat slip (or fish cleaning station) there. I had to beach the boat, and work our way off/on to the deck to park the truck/trailer and load the boat with Mark's Jug lines. After throwing the castnet around the tires, We headed towards the back of Little Mineral where I caught a large Black Bass (about 3lbs) along with a 1 lb (quickly released) and then loaded up on thread and gizzard shad (probably 50 total) and headed to the mouth (North side) of Little Mineral to start setting Jug lines with Live bait. We then headed toward Eisenhower (I wanted something to drink) and set a Jug line on the way, then we ran towards the dam and set 5 more Jug lines with live bait (some of them slowly drifting North West and towards Burns run) and then tried drifting live baits for striper and catfish on a line. We rarely marked fish, except off of West Burns beach, on the drop off. We drift for an hour. Mark pulls up a report on this forum, about an angler having success using umbrella rigs. I already had 2 Alabama rigs rigged on rods. I set those out 140' behind the boat, and deployed the line down between 21 and 50 feet on the downrigger, and trolled between 1.5 knots (had to switched the Fish Finder to report Knots from MPH) and 4 knots, and trolled around. Then dropped back a 3rd (bigger) umbrella rig, and trolled for an hour, with no bite on anything while trolling... May be better earlier. We made another stop at Eisenhower for more drinks (next time I'm bringing a cooler) and then checked the Jug lines after a few hours of soaking. Nothing but some missing baits on several hooks, and we re-baited. Headed over to the Eastern Edge of Preston point, tossed out the little umbrella rigs (no downrigger) in depths of 9' to 13', and fairly soon started catching Sandbass and small striper. Nothing worth clearing, but they were a tug on the line (especially when I increased the RPMs on the motor to keep the baits from sinking and bouncing on the bottom). We caught 4 or 5 fish on the umbrella rigs, and started checking, and pulling the 9 jugs. The first 8 didn't have a bite, but when we came back around to West Burns Run (or is that the very south side of East burns run?) we had one black catfish (a blue) this photo appears to be phtodoc t Mark indicated that it was a good tasting catfish. He was attempting to skin it (100 ways to skin a cat) but it was removing to much meat, so he pan fried with the skin on, and removed the skin after frying (easier that way). Returned home, and found the Foxsports outdoors report with Barry spokes on Youtube, and displayed it on the my television while taking a nap, then played it again after my nap. This past week he was fishing Texoma, and having a difficult time catching striper on the far north end of the lake in the Washinta River, using vertical slabs. He caught more, bigger striper than I did. Maybe the next time I will head up there.
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Thanks for the good report
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Best to fillet those cats just like you would any other fish rather than skin them.
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Excellent report. Sounds like a nice day!! What PKFISHIN said: Fillet 'em.
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Good report !!!
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