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My buddies first kayak trip...After a 2 mile paddle in....slaying the fish...and a 2 mile paddle back....he is Hooked.
All fish caught on Fresh Shrimp.
C.F. is on FIRE right now......
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Fish Fry on Lock...:)
 

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Yeah I was catching them yesterday evening. Put two poles out but couldn't keep up, had to use only one pole :) Fun times! BTW I was using cut bluegills, they seem to like that a lot.
 
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I'm a Believer. .
 

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I was telling people 25 years ago that the best bait on Harris was fresh shrimp. They thought I was nuts for going to Earps Seafood to buy fresh jumbos to feed to catfish.

I was killin the catfish though. Back then you could put 15+ pound channels in the boat about every outing.
Some people will try to tell you that there aren't any flatheads in Harris. I caught flatheads out of there 25 years ago. Same with Jordan. Biggest flathead I've landed was 51 pounds out of the Neuse. The largest I've ever hung into was at Jordan. 1992. Wrung a 5/0 hook off 1/4 below the eye spinning like a spinner shark. Lost that fish about 10 feet from the boat. I was fishing with a live bream on the main lake.
 

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That's Awesome. ........
 

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I use to run the whole shrimp up on the hook, depending on the shrimp. I used 4/0 hooks for the most part.
Don't peel the shrimp.
 

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Small Walmart shrimp in the blue pack...1 shrimp per hook....using a small circle hook...with 3 to 4 inches of 40 lb leader...and a weight....with drag set fairly snug...Almost all fish were perfectly hooked in the corner of the mouth:)
 

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About twenty years ago at a Bass club meeting a guy told me he was out on SH in January and spotted a lot of fish bunched up tight real deep on his sonar. Figured they were bass and he dropped a Hopkins 75 Shorty 3/4 oz spoon straight down to them. He ended up catching about 150 pounds worth of blue cats he said.

Best eating cats I ever had came out of Beaverdam on Falls Lake. I bet the SH fish will be delicious. Olive oil is the way to fry them. Trust me!
 

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We are using peanut oil and a Turkey Fryer....works great...we nugg um up...roll them in a mixture of Moss'es...cornmeal and Spices...along with home made Frys...slaw and Cold Adult beverages.
Can't wait...tomorrow at 2. :)
 
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About twenty years ago at a Bass club meeting a guy told me he was out on SH in January and spotted a lot of fish bunched up tight real deep on his sonar. Figured they were bass and he dropped a Hopkins 75 Shorty 3/4 oz spoon straight down to them. He ended up catching about 150 pounds worth of blue cats he said.

Best eating cats I ever had came out of Beaverdam on Falls Lake. I bet the SH fish will be delicious. Olive oil is the way to fry them. Trust me!
If I was day fishing at Harris I would find a creek channel coming out of a cove where it intersected with a lake bed channel.
15-20 feet deep in the summer. Drop a hook baited with nightcrawlers and fill the live well up quick. Nights I would anchor in 20 feet of water and cast to 2 feet of water...and fill the boat up. I learned alot about catfishing on Harris.

Sometimes we would camp and catfish from shore. When we did that we would also run a trot line. I learned from that trot line that we often fished too deep. I would run a 100 foot line. Tie one end to a tree on shore and weight the other end down with a cinder block. the overwhelming majority of fish caught came from the first three hooks closest to shore. Once in a while you get one or two about mid way. Nothing on the 15 -20 foot end of the trot line.

The first time I ran that trot line out there changed the way I approached catfishing in a lake. My catch rate went up 15 fold. At night you want to be on the flats 1-4 feet of water. My largest always came from 2 foot or less of water at night.
 

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Another bait that works for me at SH is liver flavored dog treats from WalMart. They come in a little milk carton @ $1 a carton. They are too crumbly to hook, but they are moist enough that you can smash 2 together with the hook in the middle. They will disintegrate in about 15-20 minutes in the water but in the summer at SH that is plenty of time.
 

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Well said, "Drum Runner"....
Good info...I found that to be true as well.
 
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