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How do you anchor in the river? Seems like you would still be forced down river since you're essentially a big bobber, do you use it to slow you down and still drift for say?
A lot of rope and a good anchor. It's pretty mandatory to fish the rivers much. And no you don't drift when anchored, it holds you in the current. Mushroom style anchors need not apply..
 

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Do you loose many anchors? Seems like it would grab ahold of something good and never get it free. Just curious how do you tie it onto the boat? Off of a cleat? I have much to learn馃
 

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Do you loose many anchors? Seems like it would grab ahold of something good and never get it free. Just curious how do you tie it onto the boat? Off of a cleat? I have much to learn馃
Watch this video. This is the general design of anchors most people use in the current. He doesn't mention it, but when anchoring in current, they advise to use 6-7x more anchor rope than the water depth to hold you, and also so a log doesn't flip your boat over as easy. Tie off to a cleat, and keep a sharp knife by it to cut it in an emergency when a log is going to take you under. You can also tie a big float to your rope so if you have to cut it you can get your anchor and rope back. Don't anchor in flooding rivers with trees coming down it.
I use 1/2" climbing/arborist rope, but it's a little big, I'd recommend something a little thinner.
 

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Good info, thank you sir
I did the mushroom anchor thing, which did not work, it just drug along in the mud. Then a different anchor that was recommended by a lake fisherman, that did not work, well after 3-5 tries I would get it to hold, maybe.
Yesterday I bought a Cat River anchor at Bluff City Fishing store. It worked great today, held each time and pulled up okay, but I did not even get one bite even though I marked fish.
Cat River is similar to the Monster Anchor in the video.


To go along with the knife handy to cut the rope, if in an emergency you need to not be anchored,(like you have a monster fish or tree) do not throw all the rope over board at once.
It will go down river faster then your boat and if you start the motor and put it in gear, it can wind the rope in the prop spin you around and you can be sucked down pretty quick.
I read about this happening to several people on the Catfish1 website while I was researching anchors.
I use a big boat bumper for a float for the rope anchor, it just happened to be floating down the river.
 

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I鈥檝e had a guide tell me one time to use a bungee cord to connect the anchor rope to the boat. In the event a log coming down river, your line would break the bungee and not pull you under. I鈥檝e always used a bungee to connect the boat to the anchor line and never had a problem.
I鈥檝e used a river grapple anchor for years and have yet to lose it. Anchors with a breakaway feature is the way to go.
 

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Have not posted in a while, when the water came up I stopped catching fish and it seems when it does come up where I fish, I cannot find them. It has been picking up in the last 2 weeks. mainly smaller 5-8 pounders with a 15-20 now and then. Noticed the last 3 weeks the guys by the Arch have been catching quite a few with a slammer in there now and then. They are catching flat heads too.
Went out yesterday , could not catch bait but I had my bow with me and shot a couple asian carp for bait. I did catch gar and crappie in my throw net though, they get thrown back.
I was going to fish this one spot for a bit in which Ihad been catching one small blue each time, on the way there my finder showed a big fish, I said,"that's a big fish" I noted a tree on the shore line 150 yards away and went on. Fished the one spot and caught a 8pounder, floated on down the river until I got where I thought I had found that fish, Spot-locked, man I love that thing, and threw my lines out, caught a 5pounder, then lost another one , just came unhooked. Then the line on the left pole decied it wanted to go across the river and the fight was on. Never knew a fish could go to the bottom and act like a boat anchor, but it did, several times, the drag on my reel was smoking, not really, but it may be damaged.
I was glad I caught it on one of my TWC Medium Heavy rods, aka telephone poles, 65lb braid with 80lb WS mono leader 8/0 triple threat WS hook, 20minutes later it was in the boat...and I was whooped, half the fight was trying to net it by myself in the current, each time I tried it would take off and head towards the bottom. I caught 2 mall ones after that down the river a ways

BYB probably recognizes the spot as behind me a couple hundred yards is where we caught a number of Blues early this year.
 
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It is hard to take a good selfie will trying to pick up a 70lb wet/slimy limb noodle , and pose with in 10 seconds, next time, if there is a next time, i will do a video and pick out photos...


figure @RRMan and the KC gang have been putting lots of cats in their boats, Seen a picture of 2 guys with 5 blues with a total of over 300 lbs last week over that way..
 

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That's a nice haul!!!!! I've got nothing exciting to report fish wise, I've been on the struggle bus and couldn't break 25lbs all summer long, I feel as though I am doing something wrong but can't figure it out. The most I can haul in is 3 fish a trip and that's a long day of fishing.

As for fishing in general my days are numbered for a while me and the wife welcomed a young man into this world last Saturday the 6th so all our energy is in him for a while. I'm super excited to get him on the river one day to get pics of fish bigger then him but we are a couple years out from that.
 

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It is hard to take a good selfie will trying to pick up a 70lb wet/slimy limb noodle , and pose with in 10 seconds, next time, if there is a next time, i will do a video and pick out photos...


figure @RRMan and the KC gang have been putting lots of cats in their boats, Seen a picture of 2 guys with 5 blues with a total of over 300 lbs last week over that way..
Congrats Dave, you鈥檝e come a long way and are killing it now!
 

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That's a nice haul!!!!! I've got nothing exciting to report fish wise, I've been on the struggle bus and couldn't break 25lbs all summer long, I feel as though I am doing something wrong but can't figure it out. The most I can haul in is 3 fish a trip and that's a long day of fishing.

As for fishing in general my days are numbered for a while me and the wife welcomed a young man into this world last Saturday the 6th so all our energy is in him for a while. I'm super excited to get him on the river one day to get pics of fish bigger then him but we are a couple years out from that.

congrats on the little one, couple years from now he will be showing you how to catch fish

In July I went out 5 times and caught 3 little ones
I looked back to last year and the same time of summer I was not catching any fish until about now.
The Kansas guides and my buddy's there catch wipers during the summer as they cannot catch blues either
along with the u-tube catfish guys. Something about the blues on nest spawning for a couple months..
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Congrats Dave, you鈥檝e come a long way and are killing it now!
Hey I had a good teacher :)

for any of you guys who are bidding on the catfish trips, ask Sam or Greg lots of questions even if you think the questions are stupid, they will make something up
Sam showed me how to dead stick and him and Greg showed me how to bottom bounce, I sort of knew by watching u-tube videos but they re-enforced on what I knew

a couple weeks ago when I could not catch bait, Sam asked if I ever bow fished? light went on as I had everything but a fish arrow, which I had misplaced, so went to the store and bought one and now shoot my bait . Wife said she wondered why I did not do that....duh... wives
 

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Sunday, I was stressed out form the gas prices and all things going up in cost plus all the Russia news, told the wife at 1pm, "I'm going fishing" caught 2 6 inch shad and figured that was good enough.

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I caught more but was tired of taking pictures, also had 5 poles out (I use to use 3 poles but BYB said I needed more)and 4 of them were in with fish on them, after I got done with them, I reeled in the other pole and the bait was gone, what!!!
took me over an hour to eat my sandwhich....not complaining but I was sore this morning
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How about winter blues!!!! Had a nice day on the river today the fog was a little rough but that didn't stop us. In KC it seems to be about 8ft low by my eyeballs but we managed a 5,16,17,23, and a new personal best for the boat of 52 and I'm proud to say my wife got to wrestle the big girl to the boat. I think it was the pink shoes that brought us the luck today hahaha
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How about winter blues!!!! Had a nice day on the river today the fog was a little rough but that didn't stop us. In KC it seems to be about 8ft low by my eyeballs but we managed a 5,16,17,23, and a new personal best for the boat of 52 and I'm proud to say my wife got to wrestle the big girl to the boat. I think it was the pink shoes that brought us the luck today hahaha
Congrats, looks like lots of fun..

water here was right at 32 and outside temps were 55 so the fog on the river was so thick there was a boat 30 yards from me and it would disapear, an neither of us caught anything.
 

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Congrats, looks like lots of fun..

water here was right at 32 and outside temps were 55 so the fog on the river was so thick there was a boat 30 yards from me and it would disapear, an neither of us caught anything.
Water for us was 36 and outside temp started at 45 at 8 and was 50 at 2 when we got off. The fog was just as thick for us if not worse. I let the electronics guide me back to the ramp at 2 because you couldn't see anything.

All fish were caught behind the *****, kinda a odd bite today, we'd find the bait fish balled up and couldn't buy a bite under them, but we moved away from all the bait fish just in random holes and there they were.
 

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4 hrs n this is all I caught there was a big school of them

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seems like every other time I go out I catch nothing
 

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I hate those little guys, never fails I always get stung.

We went the weekend after we caught those from the post before and couldn't buy a bite in a about 6hrs and haven't been back since. The water had rose about 4ft in that week difference so I'm sure that had something to do with it. Need to get back after it, got 3 bdays all tied up in the end of January and it's screwing up my fishing.

On a good note I think I got mama worn down into letting me buy a new boat 馃榿
 

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Sam and I went out Saturday before the cold front n caught a few on shad
 

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