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Old 08-04-2004, 10:21 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Took the boys to Wilmington dam to do a little catfishing, arrived there at 6:30pm. We fished from the shore above the dam right before you go over the little bridge. I tried sonnys stink on my pole, and waxworms on the boys. Results for the day NADA.. Only one nice tug on the stink line, but no fish We decided to call it a night at 9:00pm seems like the only thing biting was the bugs, even with Off repelant on. Might try again tomorrow evening, any tips or baits to use for cats etc in that area of the river would be greatly appreciated...! Also what is the average size of catfish in this area? Thanks Inadvance, Missdeamenor....
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Old 08-06-2004, 01:45 PM   #2 (permalink)
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I've found that when the river is wadeable,I like to drift a night crawler under a weighted bobber. Use a # 6 bait holder hook and a split shot about 8 inches up from the hook. I wade down stream from the park. At times your fishing fiffles that are only a foot and a half deep. Most of these are channel cats from 1 to 3 pounds.
I just realised that you said you had young boys,so the wading thing might not work for you. Wading can be dangerous.
For bank fishing above the dams,catch little 1 1/2 to 3 inch bluegills and fish them close to the bank,cats love them.
Good luck to you and your boys.

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