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Old 05-09-2012, 12:56 PM
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Default Channel Catfish and Buffalo

I went out to the river today and ended up catching several small Channel Catfish. They were hitting a black DDH Leech. They were pretty fun, but no match for an 8wt. The sun decided to peak out and I noticed a grayish blue tail no more than 4 feet from me. So, I dunked the fly in the water about 2 feet ahead of it and started slowly "jigging" my fly. All of a sudden, it went solid and I set the hook. I ended up catching a buffalo! I was really surprised because he didn't fight at all. He was about 24-27" long. I kept thinking that he was gonna run like crazy at any minute. But, he didn't. I was pulling this buffalo around in circles. I went to net him and he came unhooked of course. (My luck.) I need a bigger net. It's very awkward to try and net a large fish with a 9 foot rod and an 18 inch net. It figures that the fish showed some spunk only when the net touched him. But, I am still happy to have hooked into a buff! Here's what I was getting all morning.

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