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Old 06-28-2022, 08:08 PM   #1
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A couple years ago I took a shot in the dark and hired a catfish guide on Lake Fork. I wanted to take my wife fishing where she could catch some fish with no pressure, especially from me. She used to bass fish with me years ago but that was not her cup of tea. Bass fishing, as y’all know, is not particularly results oriented. It can be good but it can be really slow too. For me, that was OK because I largely fished alone. It was a good way to relieve the stress of a hectic job on my own clock, so to speak.

So that brings us to here. I chose a guy based solely on his posts and pictures on the Texas Fishing Forum. I was not disappointed ! Better still, my wife had a blast ! So we did this trip every year when she got out of school for the summer for a couple years. Last year we added her sister to the party and again we had a great time. The Sis is from ND, as is my wife, (but she’s been a transplanted Texan for forty years), and has never fished like this. This year when she was planning her visit she wanted to fish again so naturally we agreed.

Our trip today was great ! We met Shannon at 7:00 AM and were tied up to a tree by probably 7:30 or so. The morning was cool, we had a light breeze, and the fish were active. By 11:00 AM we were packing it in with a three person limit. When the fish were filleted three one gallon bags would barely hold them. Gonna be some great eating !

I highly recommend Shannon if you like to catfish, and especially if you have a kid or wife that would enjoy a good fishing trip. His number is 903-987-2315. The bait used was Stubby’s Cheese Bait and I can’t say enough about it. It’s clean to handle, with no smell that has to wear off, but the cats love it ! We were literally letting it go to the bottom, turning the reel handles two to three turns, and getting bit ! I’ll bet I missed half as many as I caught, and I caught a bunch.

I have no affiliation with Shannon or Stubby’s, just recommending a friend and a great catfish bait. They say a picture is worth a thousand words………
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:14 PM   #2
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Heat the grease!!
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:18 PM   #3
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Nice haul? That’s a big bucket of dip/stink bait (if that’s what she’s holding).
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:20 PM   #4
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Got some fatties!
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:29 PM   #5
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Wife n I hit the river over the weekend and hung a few limb lines

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Old 06-28-2022, 08:30 PM   #6
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Wow. Great trip
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:31 PM   #7
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:39 PM   #8
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Now that’s a mess.
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:42 PM   #9
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Dang! That’s why you get a guide!
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:42 PM   #10
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Heck of a morning on the water !!
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:48 PM   #11
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Thats great... Ya'll caught some good ones.
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:51 PM   #12
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Wife n I hit the river over the weekend and hung a few limb lines

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Hope your toes recovers. Looked like that hurt.


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Old 06-28-2022, 08:56 PM   #13
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Thanks guys ! Probably the best thing about this is how comfortable it is to fish on a pontoon boat, especially for an old fart ! No step up or step down and extremel safe for the ladies. And……he even has a place for them to pee !
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Old 06-28-2022, 08:58 PM   #14
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Man that’s a meat haul. Congrats to you and your wife.
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Old 06-28-2022, 09:01 PM   #15
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing!
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Old 06-28-2022, 09:20 PM   #16
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Y'all did good.
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Old 06-28-2022, 10:54 PM   #17
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Nothing better than catching fish with a couple good looking young ladies! I always have a better time fishing with my wife. Glad y'all had a good time and got to fill the freezer.
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Old 06-29-2022, 07:13 AM   #18
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Congrats, and that'll make the grease stank!!!
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Old 06-29-2022, 08:02 AM   #19
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Shannon & stubby are good people
Glad y’all had fun
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Old 06-29-2022, 08:35 AM   #20
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Hope your toes recovers. Looked like that hurt.


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Old 06-29-2022, 09:19 AM   #21
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Congrats on the awesome trip. I’ll have to look into the Stubby’s bait. We have been using Mr. Whiskers cheese punch bait. It reaks and gets all over our hands when handling the line but the fish really love it. Would much rather something thats not as nasty to handle. We have been hammering them on Conroe. These are from multiple trips










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Old 06-29-2022, 09:21 AM   #22
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Congrats!!!
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Old 06-29-2022, 09:30 AM   #23
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Very nice! Is that a bag of range cubes on the seat?
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Old 06-29-2022, 09:33 AM   #24
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Awesome ......
Is that tar-tar sauce,and lemon, I smell...???
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Old 06-29-2022, 09:34 AM   #25
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As much as I love saltwater I can never turn down some good catfishing. It’s what I came up doing. Rod and reel, limb lines while camping on a river bank, and running trotlines. Love it all.

Only thing that’s changed is I’ll let the big girls go but if it’s a “eater”
It’s in the box
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Old 06-29-2022, 09:45 AM   #26
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We live at Fork and have a camper in the same park as Stubby and Shannon, the park you fished out of. I will only use Stubbys bait these days due to how well it works and the very noticeable difference in smell between it and it's competition. The Fork eater cat are pretty easy to figure out this time of year, just find some 20-30ft of water at the mouth of a creek in the trees and drop the range cubes. After that wait about 30 minutes and they will come flying in. Hope yall get to have several fish frys out of that trip.
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Old 06-29-2022, 09:59 AM   #27
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Great haul right there. It's very relaxing. We hired a conroe guide for me, wife, BIL, SIL and had a blast. Drop some range cubes, go catch a few crappie on structure, and then come back and hammer the cats. Great day.
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Old 06-29-2022, 09:59 AM   #28
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Range cubes? Are you talking about cattle cubes?
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Old 06-29-2022, 10:03 AM   #29
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Range cubes? Are you talking about cattle cubes?
Cattle cubes = good chum
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Old 06-29-2022, 10:03 AM   #30
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Call 'em what you want. They attract catfish...and the fish don't care what you call them!
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Old 06-29-2022, 10:20 AM   #31
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Those cats look great. Here is probably the best kept secret place that, after much reflection, I'm willing to share only with the Green Screen.

Lake Waurika, in Oklahoma.

Only one guide on the lake (call the marina to get hooked up) and there are cabins to rent at the marina. Went in October and caught limits of 10 each between 3-5 pounds and then he hooked us up on big ones 25+ that we caught and released. Going back in August to catch saugeye.
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Old 06-29-2022, 10:20 AM   #32
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Call 'em what you want. They attract catfish...and the fish don't care what you call them!
I call em range cubes. I get da cotton seed 1s

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Old 06-29-2022, 10:25 AM   #33
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We go out there once a year with a group of guys i work with to catfish. Fork is loaded with them. i will say, the catfish out of lake fork taste better than any other catfish i have ever eaten.
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Old 06-29-2022, 10:35 AM   #34
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Very nice! Is that a bag of range cubes on the seat?
Yes, he baits the holes with them.
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Old 06-29-2022, 10:45 AM   #35
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Heck of a trip!! Langdon won a catfish trip once at Fork and I was impressed with the Stubbys cheese bait. Could ball it up with your fingers and wash your hands when you were done and your hands didn’t stink for days!!

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Old 06-29-2022, 10:52 AM   #36
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stubbies bait is da bomb! shannon and stubby are top notch dudes
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Old 06-29-2022, 03:02 PM   #37
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Old 06-29-2022, 04:25 PM   #38
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We go out there once a year with a group of guys i work with to catfish. Fork is loaded with them. i will say, the catfish out of lake fork taste better than any other catfish i have ever eaten.
Lake Palestine is loaded with them too, and it’s a lot closer to me, but it’s slam full of eight to ten inch catfish ! They aren’t as tasty as Fork catfish either.
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Old 06-29-2022, 04:28 PM   #39
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Great trip! I love catching catfish! I'm a pro catching them in saltwater LOL
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Old 06-29-2022, 04:31 PM   #40
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I’m jealous. Been trying to catch a good mess out of my pond lately. My son wants to fry em up
Guess I’ll have to fish out your freezer
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Old 06-29-2022, 04:34 PM   #41
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That's a world class high-jacking of a thread right there..


Nice haul OP. Looks lke a blast. ....I'd like to apologize for Duckos not acknowledging your post..
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Old 06-29-2022, 04:43 PM   #42
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That's a world class high-jacking of a thread right there..


Nice haul OP. Looks lke a blast. ....I'd like to apologize for Duckos not acknowledging your post..
No problem here Smart, my threads are wide open to all comers ! How do you think Slew got in here ?
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No problem here Smart, my threads are wide open to all comers ! How do you think Slew got in here ?

. I’m just hacking on Ducko and his bloody toes.
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. I’m just hacking on Ducko and his bloody toes.
A little Sage on those bloody toes will work miracles.
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Old 06-29-2022, 07:14 PM   #45
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Don your 100 miles to the North of me and I swear I can smell fish frying!!
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Old 06-29-2022, 07:55 PM   #46
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. I’m just hacking on Ducko and his bloody toes.
Man, I had a pectoral fin in the palm of my hand a few years ago. It was so deep I had to cut it out with my knife. All I had for any kind of first aid in my little flat bottom was alcohol pads to clean glasses with. After I cut it out I squeezed all the fluid out of several pads on it then scraped some slime off the catfish and rubbed that on it. It never gave me a minute’s trouble other than the standard wound. I heard old folks say that the slime thing would work, but that’s the only time I ever had to try it, (thank goodness). The fish flopping with that fin buried and the knife part was not fun though. I’ve been very careful how I handle one of
those little catfish ever since. I also put a first aid kit in my boat !
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Man, I had a pectoral fin in the palm of my hand a few years ago. It was so deep I had to cut it out with my knife. All I had for any kind of first aid in my little flat bottom was alcohol pads to clean glasses with. After I cut it out I squeezed all the fluid out of several pads on it then scraped some slime off the catfish and rubbed that on it. It never gave me a minute’s trouble other than the standard wound. I heard old folks say that the slime thing would work, but that’s the only time I ever had to try it, (thank goodness). The fish flopping with that fin buried and the knife part was not fun though. I’ve been very careful how I handle one of
those little catfish ever since. I also put a first aid kit in my boat !
Had weldon kirk show me that he breaks off all 3 fins before throwing them on ice. Reduces sticks and when you got a boat full helps keep them from sticking each other
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A little Sage on those bloody toes will work miracles.
Bout all dat junk would be good for, plug catfish holes in ur foot

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LMAO. Ducko I admire your unwavering convictions.
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