Bonus Catfish

There’s nothing more exciting to be fighting a catching walleye, then while fighting a fish you notice slime on your line and up comes this big, brown, bottom feeder, rolling and making grinding noises. NOT. It’s too bad they aren’t very good eating and most of the fish is all bone. It seems a waste to fillet one and then throwing away 80% of the fish. Then you have to cut out the mud line because these fish are full of pollutants and now you have very little to show for your trouble. I do fish for them occasionally. There’s nothing like the smell of old cheesebait all over the place. My heart can barely take the excitement of sitting there staring at a pole all day and then finally getting a bite only to have your bait stolen and it’s back to square one. It takes a special kind of fisherman to be abloe to do that all day. Fishing for the big flathead you have to put your brain ina coma and play dead for hours on end waiting for the slim chance that you’ll get a bite. That too takes a special kind of fisherman you can fish all day and not catch anything and then go back and do it again and again and maybe some day get l;ucky and actually catch one. That’s why so many guys save the fish in tanks to re-enact and make videos or let other people hold the fish for photos ops if they have the money.

Now Bass are a different story, especially smallmouth, they are so much fun I actually fish for them when taking breaks from walleye. But that too gets old quick. Cast, cast cast all day waiting for a bite. With walleye I am watching the depth finder, making passes, getting to know the structure, looking for new spots and not by looking at the bank, I have to read the current, the depths, etc. Walleye are so much harder to fish for that most guys just follow someone else, and they fish community holes. If they see you they tell everyone and your honey holes can become community holes so it’s another challenge to keep your hard found spots secret. There is nothing more rewarding than finding a spot nobody else fishes and catch bit fish.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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