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This morning I slept in after a particularly long work week but decided that I might as well still try to get some fishing in. With blue skies and heat I figured my best bet was to go get on the gar at one of my favorite creeks. The creek is one of the many small, sluggish blackwater creeks that flows through southern Johnston County. Usually these creeks have good populations of panfish, some large crappie, monster gar and bowfin, and only the occasional dink bass. I started out throwing a beetle spin and on my first cast, caught a flier with gar teeth marks across his body. I took this as a good sign and cast him out whole, hoping that the owner of those teeth would come back. Several panfish later I got a good hit on my gar rod so I dropped my light action rod half way through the retrieve to check on it. The panfish had been bitten in half by a bowfin but he didn't stick around. I pu a small vintage spoon I bought off of ebay a while back on my heavy cover bass rod and targetted an overhanging branch hoping to snag a big ole crappie . As soon as it hit the water I felt a tug and set the hook. What I felt was a complete shock. It didn't jerk and run like a blackfish, and it had too much power for a gar, so I was at a loss as i felt my drag slip and saw my line rush downstream. After losing ground I decided to trust my 30lb PP braid and tighten the drag just a little tighter. After a while I managed to haul the beast to shore and was surprised at not only the size, but also the species. Last year I caught a 3lb bass out of this small creek and was excited. I never see or hear of people catching bass over a pound in water like this. But the bass I caught today weighed in at a massive 6 lbs. While it is not the biggest I have ever caught, it is one of the catches I am most proud of. She was twice as big as any other wild bass I have ever caught. No pond, manmade lake, or even managed river, she came from a pitch black swampy creek 15 miles from the river. I would rather catch her again then catch a 10lber from a pond or lake. There's just something about the wild water that gets to me. I didn't catch any gar or bowfin, though I did manage one more small bass when i reeled in the light action I had dropped earlier. This little creek has done me well as I can add the aptly named "Swamp Pig" (coined by Canoecat54) to the list of monsters that I have pulled from it's black depths.
 

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I agree with you that catching nice fish from public waters is a lot more rewarding than catching them in a farm pond or private lake. Sometimes those small creeks will surprise you. Last year I caught a 23.5 inch catfish in a creek that averages 1 to 2 feet deep with a few little deeper holes. Whats the average depth of that creek you're fishing?
 

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Thanks! And it's four to five near the bridge and two to three back in the woods. Its been flooded much deep lately but was low yesterday.
 

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I agree with you that catching nice fish from public waters is a lot more rewarding than catching them in a farm pond or private lake. Sometimes those small creeks will surprise you. Last year I caught a 23.5 inch catfish in a creek that averages 1 to 2 feet deep with a few little deeper holes. Whats the average depth of that creek you're fishing?
Which species of catfish was it?
 

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how far from the main river? There is a place on mill creek a few miles from the river I've wanted to catfish but can never convince myself to try there for bullheads and channels when blues are in the nearby river.
 

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This is a very interesting post Swampin. I have a pretty good idea what you are hitting and thought about the possibilities of such streams and swamps when I lived closer to your area. I've Spent many hours pouring over maps of Nash, Wilson, Johnson, and other area counties and wondered how small swampy creeks like this fished. Finding gold in rivers and creeks others spit upon gives me a bit of perverse pleasure. It is also important to raise awareness of resources you are enjoying being that they are of equal importance of a trout stream in a snobby community in Avery County. Rock on dude and keep this stuff coming.
 

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. I've Spent many hours pouring over maps of Nash, Wilson, Johnson, and other area counties and wondered how small swampy creeks like this fished. Finding gold in rivers and creeks others spit upon gives me a bit of perverse pleasure. It is also important to raise awareness of resources you are enjoying being that they are of equal importance of a trout stream in a snobby community in Avery County. .
^^^ Yes! Jewels like these are more common than most folks think....With a little intuition/legwork/gumption the sky is the limit.
 

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Nice man, I sent you a PM i need some help finding these places since I just moved to JoCo. Any help by anyone would be greatly appreciated. Catch and release also btw so I'm not going to clean out anywhere.
 
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