Looking for a more productive alternative to rod and reel fishing, CatDaddy says he recently went out and set 35 lines with a boat full of people. The water level on the river was up and CatDaddy said he had been waiting for an opportunity like this, so he acted on it. Setting all those lines took 6 ½ hours, but the time investment is usually worth it when you go back and check them. However, CatDaddy was dealt a heavy blow when the water level on the river dropped dramatically during the day leaving him unable to access the very places they set their lines. "It was like they pulled the plug somewhere up river", he says. It was a nightmare scenario and he has yet to be able to get back to those lines and recover the gear. Mother nature can be mean, he says.
Prior to the water vanishing, CatDaddy had set up his lines for success. At the end of those lines, he was using big goldfish for bait. Although they aren't cheap, the 7 to 8-inch goldfish are a durable, tough bait and work great in an application like this. If you don't have access to goldfish, perch work well too, as do baby carp, which happen to be his first choice if they are available.
Listen in as CatDaddy highlights the challenges of fishing a low river and the monkey wrench that beavers can throw into your plans of limb lining.