First Time In Nebraska!

First Time In Nebraska!
Big and Black

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

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.

Recommended Articles

See More Recommendations

Popular Videos

Giant Walleyes According To Calendar Periods

Giant Walleyes According To Calendar Periods

The search for big walleyes begins with an understanding of their nature, keying on prime locations during specific times of the year.

What

What's New from Cummings Nets?

There's more than meets the eye with new Cummings Nets Red Line. Find out what. With Mike Powell of Cummings and Game & Fish Editorial Director Adam Heggenstaller at ICAST 2019 in Orlando.

MLF BPT angler and former Classic champ Casey Ashley has been with Costa del Mar sunglasses his whole career. At ICAST 2019, he shows OSG writer Lynn Burkhead some new products and talks how to pick the right lens color for the water.

Selective Harvest Yellow Bass

Selective Harvest Yellow Bass

In order to sustain good fishing, it's important to understand which to release and fish you should for a fine meal.

Trending Articles

Check out this Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart, a simple and accurate explanation from the In-Fisherman biologists. Bass

Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart

Dr. Rob Neumann - January 22, 2017

Check out this Largemouth Bass Length To Weight Conversion Chart, a simple and accurate...

It was an August evening and I was wading the flats in Brewster, MA with my cousin. Here you can Other Fish

Must-Have Striped Bass Tackle

Rick Bach - May 04, 2017

It was an August evening and I was wading the flats in Brewster, MA with my cousin. Here you...

Pole lines illustrate the paradox of catfishing. At a time when excellent rods, reels, and other Catfish

Catfish Pole Rigs

Richard Peterson with In-Fisherman - April 28, 2016

Pole lines illustrate the paradox of catfishing. At a time when excellent rods, reels, and...

Catfish are simple creatures that can be caught using the best catfish rigs. Catching them is simply a matter of putting a good bait in the right in front of them. Catfish

The Best Catfish Rigs

In-Fisherman

Catfish are simple creatures that can be caught using the best catfish rigs. Catching them is...

See More Trending Articles

More Master Angler



Jason Beach
Scarborough Ontario

I was fishing on Baptiste Lake using a wacky worm when i hooked Master Angler

7 Pound Giant!

September 11, 2013

Jason Beach Scarborough Ontario I was fishing on Baptiste Lake using a wacky worm when i...



Christopher Pereira
Hopatcong New Jersey

I head out without my camera just to test some new Master Angler

Figures...

August 26, 2013

Christopher Pereira Hopatcong New Jersey I head out without my camera just to test some new



Troy Smutka
Chaska MN

My brother and I were fishing in the two-day Minnesota Tournament Trail Master Angler

Walleye Tournament Smallmouth

September 04, 2013

Troy Smutka Chaska MN My brother and I were fishing in the two-day Minnesota Tournament...



Timothy Steinmetz
Escanaba Michigan

This nice 21 inch smallmouth was the biggest fish of one of Master Angler

Best Day Ever

August 20, 2013

Timothy Steinmetz Escanaba Michigan This nice 21 inch smallmouth was the biggest fish of...

See More Master Angler

GET THE MAGAZINE Subscribe & Save

Digital Now Included!

SUBSCRIBE NOW

Give a Gift   |   Subscriber Services

PREVIEW THIS MONTH'S ISSUE

GET THE NEWSLETTER Join the List and Never Miss a Thing.