Follow the Talking Catfish named Powder

26 Apr

The day began like most days with inclement weather in the forcast….picture perfect.  Blue sky’s, temps in the mid 70’s, big voluptuous clouds with very little wind.  Around noon I dragged myself out of the house to hit my local smallmouth bass stream and ooooooooooo-what a good decision it was!!!

After gearing up and stepping up on a hill overlooking the stream I noticed something moving strangely right to left in the stream.  Wading out to investigate further, and making a few unsuccessful casts, to my surprise I discovered it was a catfish, an albino catfish to be exact.  Things didn’t seem to be going to well for the catfish as  he slumbered like Nymph-O out of his tent 3 days deep in the Missouri wilderness.  He made his way over to my feet as if to tell me something.  Gently I coaxed him into the Brodin and this is what he said.   What sounded like a bark vs chalk on a chalkboard, using my ninja like fishing skills I quickly translated the barks into “Carp Carp Carp”  followed by a “Follow Me”.

As I fished my way downstream, keeping a close eye on Powder, picking up smallmouth left and right.  Smallies on the white wooly and on the king kong hopper.  After about an hours worth of fishing I stood up on a grass bed and searched for powder to no avail.  Then I saw something magical.  Huge common carp, about 12 of them all in the 10-15 pound range spawning furiously like lake run steel in Erie.  Quickly I gathered myself, checked my fly and tossed out into the deeper water to the closest fish in sight.  Twitch twitch twitch….nothing.  I started my casting again but this time 3 had moved up into the shallows off to my left, 2 bright yellow female following a grey male.  I swung my bugger about a  foot just off to the right of the male and he make a vicious move after it.  Not used to seeing this kind of feeding from a carp before I  set the hook to quick while not tending to my mended line letting it wrap itself around the butt of the rod.  I did however remember how to set the hook, jerking the line straight back without lifting the rod up.  So basically a good hook set into a big fish that likes to run, with all my mended line unknowingly tangled around the rod but only spells disaster…..quickly.  At this point my blood is pumping and I’m smiling from ear to ear despite losing the fish, but what a site to see that wake screaming across the water.  I calmly re-flied myself and picked out another victim, probably the same group minus their male.  Same approach but this time it was game on.  Holy SHIT what a fight!!!  With room to run, run they did.  Into the backing in 5 seconds then back up-stream straight  at me, then dogging on the bottom, back downstream then side to side, into the backing, strip strip strip, backing….finally to the leader close to my feet, net swipe…..back into my backing way downstream.  At this point I’m looking for a beaching spot.  Wrestling that big girl up onto the grass bed and into the net.

I won’t bore you with the details on the rest but after landing 3 out of 6 carp hooked and fighting off about 10 bass that decided to get in the way I was done.  Arms were worn out and I was soaking wet because it decided to rain after about 30 minutes on the water but SMILING FROM EAR TO EAR.  And before I left there was powder hugging the bottom with all the spawning suckers and carp, probably eating caviar or just enjoying some fish porn.

I almost forgot to mention that I found some treasure while on the stream.  A st Croix spin rod and a 25 pound dumbbell weight (perfect nanner boat anchor).

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5 Responses to “Follow the Talking Catfish named Powder”

  1. J April 26, 2010 at 5:52 PM #

    That cat is a mutant…also can you provide gps coordinates to those freshwater bones? That is all…

    • bentrodmedia April 26, 2010 at 6:48 PM #

      THey are in every river system wv has. Just have to be in the right place at the right time!!

  2. Steve April 26, 2010 at 9:04 PM #

    Congrats, I had more than my share of shots at several groups of carp this evening and couldn’t get em to commit to anything.

    • BayE April 27, 2010 at 1:48 PM #

      Thanks steve!!! I’ve never seen them eat like they did that day….they wouldn’t eat in the deeper water just the shallows.

  3. Clive April 28, 2010 at 12:00 PM #

    nice haul!

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