Last week the charter business slowed down a bit as it usually does after Labor Day. I took advantage of the down time and cleaned, rebuilt and put new Sufix 832 on all my electric kite reels. I also rebuilt all my spinning reels and basically got everything ready for what I hope is a great sailfish season which is right around the corner.
On Friday August 12, 2011, my son (Mike Fry, 14 years old), my husband, and I went fishing on the Ohio River Bank near Dilles Bottom Ohio. My husband left one pole to re-bait another. My son yelled “Dad! You have a bite!” My husband told him to grab it, and reel it in. My son picked up the pole, which was strung with 8 lb test Eagle Claw line, set the hook, and thought he got a snag. My husband took the pole. It wasn’t a snag. He had hooked a fish, and the fish started running the drag. He handed the pole back to my son. After a grueling battle, he landed a 37″ 23# Channel Catfish.