I could get used to this!
I'm keeping my mouth shut tight as far as locals are concerned, and hopefully locals don't read this forum.
The catfish was a beast to handle. I wasn't sure what I had until it was nearly at the net, as it stayed deep in a black channel. It ran up and down like a smallie, and give that dog with a chew toy tug
that smallies do, but it was just heavy and really heavy when it was near the current. It was a real heart-pounding day, so I better stay in shape.
The sheet of rock that the pictures were taken on extend across the stream bed, and 2-4 foot rocks litter the bottom as well. It's no wonder that smallmouth love this area. The water rises dramatically when a storm blows through, and last September's hurricane caused the stream to rise 17 feet!!! I always looks like the fish will be swept away, but they manage to stay around somehow.
Here's a pic of the section facing downstream (taken from up on the road):
The cluster of rocks in the center are about 18 feet across, and you can see the microwave size rocks on the bottom. That water is chest high and deeper, but looks shallow. This is an excellent stream to feel around with a wading staff, as its depth is very deceptive. A six foot deep pool can look one foot deep when the water is gin clear.
P.S. Hi Casey, That's the same 5wt Z-Axis that I used yesterday. The catfish gave the Ross Rhythm's drag a workout!
EDIT: The reel is marked "6" because it has a 6wt line on it. It was another windy day, and I was throwing a lead Clouser.
A 5wt line works as well, but Bigfly told me to try a 6wt when the wind is up. It works...