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Old 06-08-2019, 11:33 AM   #1
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Man O Man....this is something else."

That's what I said as we approached turbulent waters at Wheeler Dam. Old hat to many fishermen I'm sure, but for my first time up close to a big dam this was a memorable experience. We were looking for bait but none up near the dam. Ended up using the wrap fishin system with a shrimp/menhaden oil cocktail.

Fished Wednesday afternoon and all three of us caught fish. Thursday it was another story. More water was being released plus we fished in the rain until mid-afternoon. Not only was just being here an experience our Thursday fishing was another memorable occasion. I caught one small blue, Another friend caught none, and the ships captain caught one after another all day long. Two of us simply could not get a bite. Reminded me of mullet fishing when one guy is pulling them in and the other is twiddling their thumbs.

We ended up with 41 catfish...a few small channels, one drum which I kept and will eat today to see what it's like, and one small striper. If Juan and I had been able to help do the catching on Thursday there is no telling what the total could have been. Still, we brought home plenty for our families and friends. The largest was a 15 pounder on the scales.

Trip I will never forget. Wish I had done it decades ago so I could have had many years of fishing this way.






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Old 06-08-2019, 11:52 AM   #2
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Iíll pass on that one.
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Old 06-08-2019, 12:28 PM   #3
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Thanks for the video


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Old 06-08-2019, 12:57 PM   #4
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Iíll pass on that one.
No place for a novice, but we had an experienced hand in charge. Although we fished calm waters at the base of the dam there was no bite. Where we caught the fish was several hundred yards below the dam.
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No place for a novice, but we had an experienced hand in charge. Although we fished calm waters at the base of the dam there was no bite. Where we caught the fish was several hundred yards below the dam.
Buddy I posted before you had all the pics up. All I saw was the video of yíall up next to the dam. Looked dangerous.

Thatís a very nice catfish spread. I want to go up there one day and fish for big fish.

Congratulations and thanks for sharing.
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I guess the bait dipper drew the short straw? That looked dangerous!
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I guess the bait dipper drew the short straw? That looked dangerous!
Congrats on the fish
I saw other boats go up in that corner looking for bait so it must be one of places the locals look. The bait dipper is 20 years younger than me so he got the assignment. LOL He has done it before too.
Don't mind admitting it was sort of un-nerving for me. A couple of whirl pools got my attention as well. Too close for comfort!!!
At least I have been christened and know what to expect next time.
The boat owner is interested in trying the Millers Ferry tail water so that may be next.
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Updated post #1 with another video

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JB, I was conceived in a cabin at Wheeler Dam in March of 1949. It is one of my favorite places to fish. My Pop said he was caught on the edge of one of those whirlpools (said it "just opened up all of a sudden") and he saw rocks on the bottom with no water covering them. Thought he was going to die, but he said it closed up just as fast as it opened up. Took a week for his sphincter to relax.

I have personally seen a boat go down up there. We saved the victim's tackle box after another boat saved the victim.

The tower closest to the ramp has rocks around it, and you can usually find threadfin shad around the rocks. It's also one of the better places to catch skipjack, which will be your best catfish bait. You can usually pull your boat under the tower and out of the current.

The spoil island in your video usually has more bream, and big ones, than you can eat, and they're usually hungry. Sometimes you will find massive willow fly hatches, and that chums up nearly every kind of fish in the river.

I'm betting you'll be disappointed with the drum. My Pop would keep them and freeze the fillets in chunks to feed his dogs. "Fish popsicles" he called them.

OH NO! You got me started and I'm blathering on! SOMEBODY STOP ME!
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Old 06-08-2019, 07:22 PM   #10
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Used to fish the Columbia dam on the Chattahoochee. It would get pretty narly even with the 'don't cross buoys' set 500' from the spillway. We'd anchor up and it was almost comical to watch my sister get seasick.
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