Well, I'm new to the NAFC forum but I was a member years ago. I love to fish for channel cats at the Muddy Run Reservoir here in Pa.
I had just got out shortly after lunch and just like any other day, tossed two lines into the water. I like to use Charlie's Blood Bait and night crawlers there. I had baited both hooks with blood bait that day and clipped my bells to the rod tips and proceeded to go about nosing around. Mind you, I have been fishing this way for years and those bells never let me down. lol. It was going on about an hour when I decided to leave one rod in the water and bring the other in for a location change. Not even 25 minutes go by and a cat hits the bait from the rod I had just brought in. It was a nice 15lb cat. Nothing too spectacular but enough to feed me for dinner. lol. I was getting tired of the other rod just sitting there, going on almost 2hrs in the water now, and decided to bring it in and change locations. As I started reeling it in, I snagged it on an underwater obstacle (or thought I did). It wasn't until I started getting a little forceful with the line that I realized there was something tugging on the other end! I have no idea how long he was just sitting on the bottom with my hook in his mouth but it took me a good while to bring him to shore. I weighed him in at 38lbs and to this day, I kick myself in the but for not having my camera with me! Never again! lol. I have never encountered a cat that just took the bait and sat there motionless for god knows how long. No mind you, this was during the summer so they weren't in their dormant stage. That cat made for the most satisfying dinner I have ever put in my mouth
There's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore like an idiot