First Time In Nebraska!

Luke Hentges

Moorhead MN

I was in Nebraska for a business trip. Even before I left for Nebraska, I was mapping out good places to go fishing for cats while I was there. As soon as I arrived I noticed most of the water in most parts of the state were very low, in my mind unfishable. Later my first night there, I decided to go on the Nebraska Fish and Game forum. I then letting them know I run my own Red River Cat forum back home, and was curious if anyone had any tips for me while I was there. One guy offered to actually take me with him out to his favorite spot. This was exciting to me because I wasn't really sure what to expect. We ended up going to a man made lake next to a highway to catch our bait, which was bluegills and green sunfish. I wasn't sure if we were going to fish a river, creek, a lake, or what it was. We ended up at this little old gravel pit inside a state park. Here I was thinking we would throw cut bait and let it sit on the bottom and wait, I WAS WRONG. We used huge bobbers with half of a 6" bluegill on it with a 8/0 khale. The first cat I got was no bigger than a few pounds. The second fish ripped that bobber across the lake, not to mention it was late, and we had lots of glow stick attached to the bobber. I set the hook, this rod was an 8ft bass flippin stick, MH. It was the BEST fight of my life, better than the 20# cats up in Drayton. I'm not sure if it has so much energy because it didn't need to fight current, but it ran from shore at least 8 times before we got it netted. It was one heck of an experience bobbering for sumo cats in a state I have never fished. It may not have been my PB, but it was a night I'll never forget!

Species: Channel Catfish

Date Caught: 07/26/2012

Kept / Released: Released

Region of Catch: Region 1

Length: 37"

Weight: 24

Lure / Bait used: Bait | Cut

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