I went to the Marina Tower. I did a drive-by on the road above the spot first, to see if there was anybody else fishing. I didn’t see anybody. When I got to the Prairie Flower Campground parking lot, there were 3 cars there. My heart sank. I walked down the trail anyway…2 older guys and a woman were fishing. They were sitting in chairs with their backs to the tower, which is why I didn’t see them when I drove by. They were fishing for cats. That had 2 stringers loaded with NICE cats!! By loaded….I should say there were probably around 7 or 8 on each stringer.
I had a fly rod and 2 spinning rods with me. Uncharacteristically, I didn't use the fly gear at all this night. Since those folks were fishing around the “boil” area, I stayed near the point on the south side of that area and fancast with a Cicada or Mepps. Caught one nice 15” White Bass and a small Freshwater Drum.
Another fellow came down to catfish and set up just west of me. Nice guy.
The first 3 picked up their stuff to leave, so I picked up my stuff to claim their spot. The last guy moved in a bit, and I waved him over, told him I’d split the “boil” with him. Shad were THICK, stuff what smacking them on the surface all night, but I couldn’t really say for sure WHAT was smacking them.
I cast around, fished high and low. Nothing. I lost 2 or 3 lures.
Then I started vertical jigging spoons, hair jigs, or 3” Ripple Shad jigs along the wall in front of me. Lost the hair jig in a really big fish…catfish I’m pretty sure. Broke the Nanofil line about 5 seconds into the fight.
Caught a 24” Mirror Carp…it swallowed the Ripple Shad.
Next, I hooked a big fish, but it was snagged just under the tail. Long long fight, with me running along the shorelines trying to get back some of the line it had peeled out. 31.5” Carp. 2nd biggest one I’ve ever caught! ½” away from a Master Angler fish…DANG!
It was getting dark, and there were lightning flashes. I hooked another good fish that again sent me running along the shoreline trying to find a good spot to land it. This one was a FAT 25” Channel Catfish. Its head and body were so big, I was really thinking it would be close to 30” (Master Angler size)…but it wasn’t.
Although this fish was a good fighter, it was clear the fish that broke my line was MUCH bigger.