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  • Cold Cat Chasers on Lake Hartwell

    “We got lucky and won!” said Brad McCall of Anderson with his partner Mike Durham of Liberty about winning the Hartwell Cat Chasers Tournament on Lake Hartwell Jan. 4. The team had three catfish that weighed 98.45 pounds and the big cat weighed-in at 38.95 pounds.

    While others were carping about “nearly freezing to death” and frozen equipment not working, the winning anglers were not deterred by the 22 degree weather.

    McCall and Durham caught their winning cats back-to-back after mid-day while fishing in 40 feet of water on the edge of a creek with cut gizzard shad.

    Several big cats were weighed-in, and they were caught on cut blueback herring, gizzard and threadfin shad on bottom rigs. The tournament fishermen reported that they anchored in 40 to 50 feet of water off points and in the creek channels.

    Cold weather catfish fishing is not for everyone, but the advantage is that the cats tend to “bunch up” and even though you don’t catch a lot of catfish, the “good fish” bite.

    For more information about the Hartwell Cat Chasers Tournament Schedule, call Brad McCall at 864-245-3902 or Mike Durham at 864-506-2456.

    South Carolina Sportsman Field Reporter
    Capt. Glenn “Teach” Corley