Pharos-Tribune

September 26, 2013

Now is a great time to fish local waters

John Newcom Outdoors Columnist
Pharos-Tribune

---- — Summer is finally at its end and the weather has been great for getting outdoors as of late. It has been a little dry, but that has made it easier to get into the local rivers.

It has been a very busy month so far with anniversaries, soccer and finishing projects before fall gets fully underway. I missed an opportunity to check out the local tournament that was held by the Cass County Bankfishing club. I had a previous engagement, and I could not make it to see the weigh in, but I have heard they have been catching some nice sized catfish. I believe they have one event a month beginning late spring until the last one in October. You can check out their Facebook page in case you would like more information.

I did get a chance to go fishing the other day. I finally was able to go to one of my favorite spots and bob for catfish. The day was one of the last hot days we have had and the water felt nice as I waded out to the channel that I wanted to fish.

I was accompanied by Homer Closson and “not so Big Daddy” Don Thompson. I reached the channel first and cast out, letting the bait bob down a short distance as I worked further out into the water. Homer was right with me, and we both had no luck on the first cast. I wound in and glanced over to see “not so Big Daddy” still rigging up his line while sitting on a rock along the shore.

It was a beautiful morning as the leaves were rustling in the breeze and slowing beginning to fall into the Wabash and slowly drift down stream. I cast out again and it was quickly evident that I had found the fish as my bobber sank and I set the hook. It was a nice channel cat and fighting it in the current made it feel even bigger than it was. I unhooked it and glanced over to see “not so Big Daddy” still sitting on the bank as I baited up and cast out again. A few more unsuccessful casts and then, bam another fish.

I glance over to see Homer fishing without a bite and “not so Big Daddy” just entering the water. I caught a few more and a nice little smallmouth while everyone else finally started catching a few after wading downstream and right into my fishing spot. I guess some guys will do anything to catch fish!

We all had a good time and the scenery was great as the water flowed and the ducks flew over us. The day went by fast as it always does when you are having fun.

I hope you get a chance to go fishing over the next few weeks as the scenery will only improve as fall appears and the fishing is still very good. Get out and enjoy the great outdoors!

Jon Newcom is an outdoors columnist for the Pharos-Tribune. He can be reached through the sports department at 574-732-5180 or sports@pharostribune.com.