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Big Ole Bluegill and good times in Chicot

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Well, we had a blast at Chicot. I can't say it wasn't trying this go round, but we ended up finding some gigantic filet size bream, spending time with family, some alone time reflecting and talking with God as well as boat riding in general.

It started Friday. Somehow both of my batteries didn't take charge, so I paddled the boat from the boat launch to our cabin. After going to auto zone and buying new battery I cranked and cranked the motor..It must've been flooded, because I came back after dinner and it cranked right up. Me,My wife, sister, and brother n law headed out to go fish the channel and about half way there water starts pouring out of the back of the motor. At that instant the motor cut out. I lifted the cowling and about 5 gallons of water comes gushing out!!! Turns out the plastic piece that connects to the end of the water outlet hose fell off somewhere and the outlet water hose filled the inside of the motor with water until it backfilled in the carbs! That has literally never happened to me.....I tried to crank it, but to no avail. Along came a good samaritan (God Bless you man!) and pulled us back to our cabin. We proceeded to yank plugs, drain carbs and fuel filter twice before getting the motor running again....to the tune of 11:00.

Being that it was a full moon and I wanted to run the motor I went night fishing on the full moon with a stanley ribbit grass frog. I caught one nice bass, released, and had another one so big blow up so close to the boat that It scared me and I stumbled backward and fell off of the deck of the boat onto my trolling motor battery and ice chest....My back still hurts.

Early Saturday morning and Sunday morning we took a trip to the same cove and found some monster bluegills. I found them to be on steep drop off's. Every now and again we would catch a big ole chinquapin as well. I mean bluegill and redear's all the way to my forearm, 8-10 inches. These make basin bream look like dwarf's....We did catch a couple of big bream that looked like a cross in between a red ear and a bluegill. Maybe someone knows better than me. Check out the picture with 3 fish for comparison.

On Sunday we went for a boat ride with the kids. We get to the channel and the motor just cuts out. I lift the motor and the bow rope has hung in it so tight I have to cut it with knife and operate like a surgeon. One of the kids didn't bring it in like I asked, Yeye yeye yeye...

I didn't catch much with the noodles. As a matter of fact the lake is to stumpy for them. I'm sticking with limb lines.

All in all a great time with God and family. We ended with 69 big bream and a whole lot meat.
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Re: Big Ole Bluegill and good times in Chicot
This story sounds familiar. We had the cabin next to y’all that weekend. We ended up bringing home 30 big bluegill and chinquapin. Enjoyed it so much we booked 2 cabins for Memorial Day weekend next year. Glad to hear you had a good trip even with all the boat issues.
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Re: Big Ole Bluegill and good times in Chicot
Hey lsufan1188. Were you the guy with the new boat? If so it was nice meeting ya'll. Maybe we'll see you guys next year!
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Re: Big Ole Bluegill and good times in Chicot
Yes sir. That was my 2nd trip with it. Got it slimy that weekend. You might see us next year. I?m going to try to make a couple day trips in the spring then spend Memorial Day weekend there.

That raccoon is probably what took our crickets that Saturday night. Got in the boat Sunday morning and noticed all our crickets were gone lol. Nothing else was touched.
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