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M R Dux
06-22-2017, 08:12 AM
A friend of mine, Will, is the on-line editor for Field and Stream. We had not had the chance to get together to pull cranks but he's been following my fishing reports on ExploreKYLake.com. He called me a couple of weeks ago and asked if I had a free day we could get together with a film crew and try to catch some catfish pulling cranks. To most folks, catching cats on cranks is as foreign as can be. The video series they are doing is about off-the-wall tactics and such. I'm all about off-the-wall.

We met yesterday afternoon at Sportsman's Marina. His film crew was himself and a guy,Mike, from up-state NY. We got their gear loaded and headed out on the main lake. I went thru my usual spiel about the gear, how and why we do it certain ways, and got baits in the water. We hadn't gone 50 yards till we hooked into a good cat. The rod was on my side so I handed the 14 foot Southern Crappie 143T to Will and the fight was on. When you hook a catfish at 1.8mph, they will eventually pop up to the top, just not as fast as a slab crappie. When this cat surfaced, it was tail first. He brought it all the way to the boat then we realized it was lassoed around its tail, Wicked Tuna style.

We caught several more nice cats, some small crappie and 4 keeper green carp. We laughed all afternoon and Mike got in on the fun while Will filmed. We only stayed out a couple of hours but it was so nice to be on the lake when we weren't having to look over our shoulders keeping watch for idiots trying to run us down.

Will is going to let me know when the show will be posted on their site so I'll let the C.com site know. I did mention Crappie.com several times and wore my well-worn Crappie.com hat the whole time.

Cane Pole
06-22-2017, 08:23 AM
Good story Doug.

Crestliner08
06-22-2017, 08:28 AM
Sounds like a wonderful opportunity. Thanks for doing this. BTW, years ago when I use to troll for northern pike up here, we'd catch plenty of catfish on 6" and even 8" Believers. Cats love plugs. They'll even go after spinnerbaits, but the problem is, their jaws are so powerful (on the bigger cats) that they almost destroy spinnerbaits. :yikes

M R Dux
06-22-2017, 08:33 AM
Sounds like a wonderful opportunity. Thanks for doing this. BTW, years ago when I use to troll for northern pike up here, we'd catch plenty of catfish on 6" and even 8" Believers. Cats love plugs. They'll even go after spinnerbaits, but the problem is, their jaws are so powerful (on the bigger cats) that they almost destroy spinnerbaits. :yikes
I keep extra hooks with split rings already on them with split ring pliers. A large % of the time I have to replace the trebles while still fishing. The shape of a catfish mouth plus the fact they tend to want to swallow the cranks means nothing good for hooks but nice, solid hook-ups.

tenncrappie
06-22-2017, 09:01 AM
Good job brother. Now send me an autographed Mr. Dux cap!!!!!! Can't wait to see the telecast.

Slab
06-22-2017, 09:01 AM
Field and Stream (http://www.fieldandstream.com/) how cool is that. Great story.

268321 (http://www.fieldandstream.com/)

Thanks for the plug Doug. Love that magazine. Can't wait to see the video. I thought I'd return the favor and give them a plug.

crp4570
06-22-2017, 09:09 AM
Way to go go buddy. Congrats. Thx for plugging this great site.

wicklundrh
06-22-2017, 09:13 AM
Pretty cool Doug. We catch some giants while trolling for walleyes. Nothing like one of them jokers detroying a $15 dollar custom crank bait... hooks and all. I've had them rip the bill right off the cranks before. All your left with is the duo-lock snap, a bill and a fish with some pretty jewelry rolling in the background!

kycreek
06-22-2017, 10:35 AM
Anxious to see it..

Boa3
06-22-2017, 11:01 AM
Way to go Doug. I bet this will be a great show.

Boh
06-22-2017, 12:04 PM
Yep, I've caught cats trolling for Stripers on Santee Cooper as well as when trolling for Crappie and walleyes in Michigan. Hope to see the show.

jordanjones
06-22-2017, 04:36 PM
Im ready to see it as well!

skeetbum
06-23-2017, 03:57 AM
Good job representing Doug. Looking forward to the show. The first time I trolled cranks I got 3 cats in this one area, total weight would have been between 25 and 30lbs. One had a head almost as wide as both my fists side by side. They do put up a good fight.

scrat
06-23-2017, 07:00 AM
Wow!:highfive I will be looking forward to seeing this also.:popcorn

LittleJohn
06-23-2017, 02:21 PM
Way to go Doug.
LittleJohn