The White Bass Run in the Sandusky River didn’t prove to be that great for me this year. It seems it was one of those years where every time I got to fish, the action just wasn’t fast. I did catch a fair number, but those familiar with the run know exactly how fantastic it can be if you time it right. So I made the most of my outings by simply enjoying the other species that were being cooperative. This turned out to be various ‘rough’ fish, which was plenty fun, and included another Fish Ohio Award.
Over the course of several trips during the Memorial Day Weekend, the theme of species was consistent. The White Bass would hit now and then but the majority of catches were Channel Catfish, Freshwater Drum, White Perch, and Common Carp. I did change up my offerings quite a bit, minnows, night- crawlers and threw inline spinners and a few swim baits, but these were the only takers. No complaints, I was catching fish!
The big catfish was a fun catch. I was using a 1/64 oz. jig tipped with waxworms, under a bobber. I was fishing only about a foot off the dock, in 3 feet of water. The bobber went under with some ferocity and when I lifted the rod it almost yanked out of my hands. So much for me thinking I was targeting panfish on that rod! The drag was set correctly and I was happy the 6# test line held up each time the fish ran. My dad was beside me on the dock and we had a blast trying to get it netted, 4-5 times we got it close and it would take off again. Even when we had it back close to the dock it was doing loops and circles and it was exhausting trying to get the net in front of it. We did finally manage to get it landed, and a few photos later, it was swimming again. Definitely a memorable catch.
So there’s my Memorial Day Weekend fishing report. It was great to spend time with the family and feel the tug of a few fish. A big thank you to all active duty and veterans out there. I also am very thankful for all those who gave their lives for the freedoms we have.