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Veterans Day On The Cumberland

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Veterans Day On The Cumberland Photograph by Mark Watanabe
Yesterday to celebrate Veterans Day, Samantha, Adam and I decided to hit the Cumberland River.  With the temperatures dropping we would meet up at Crackerbarrel at 8am, putting us on the Cumberland at around 11am.  The drive was long but sprinkled with flashes of excitement; Adam almost ran a pickup off the road trying to pass a Semi, Sam got car sick from my driving.


We arrived at the Wolf Creek dam to see the water was extremely low.  The dam wasn’t generating any electricity so the water was low enough that you could wade across the river.

Because the Cumberland River looked more like a lake we decided to leave our vehicles at the dam and just paddle back upstream when we were finished.

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Heading down river we came to the creek where the trout hatchery is and could see trout everywhere!  We parked the kayaks and worked our way down the bank for what was sure to be a day of shooting fish in a barrel.  My first cast I threw in front the trout knowing that as soon as I hit the school I'd be hooked up!  Reel, reel, reel...  Nothing...  Hmmm...  I throw again, reel, reel, reel nothing…

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Maybe it was my bait; I switched to my old standby the Rapala countdown, reel, reel, reel, nothing…

I thought to myself there are trout everywhere how are we not catching anything?

Everyone must have changed their lures 30 times trying to figure out what the trout would hit.  Finally out of desperation I threw on a white grub tail jig and just started slow bumping the bottom.  After about 3 hours of nothing but casting to trout that would have nothing to do with our baits I managed to get lucky and hook a Sauger.  Nothing for the record books but at least we wouldn’t get skunked for the day. 

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The rest of the day pretty much played out like this.  I at one point suggested to Sam that she wade out and use the hand net to try and grab one.  We even resorted to trying a small piece from my bag of Gardetto's snack mix. I don't need to tell you how that worked.  Later that afternoon I managed to catch a little Crappie, but that was it.

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During days like this I often question why we drove 3 hours out here to be taunted all day by trout…  The day wasn’t a total bust, the weather was perfect sunny without a cloud in the sky.  I got to spend the day with my wonderful girlfriend Samantha, and my buddy Adam.  They both had a chance to try out new gear.  Sam got to try out the new Stohlquist Cruiser Women's Hi-Back Vest sent to us for review.  Adam had his new White River waders which look sweet, review to come!

To finish off our trip Sam and I stopped into Hooters and enjoyed some free burgers because of Veterans Day!  Not alot of fish caught but what a great day!

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Mark Watanabe

Mark "YakSushi" Watanabe is the Co. Founder of YakAngler.com, "He built this site!". He considers himself a mediocre fisherman and an unexceptional writer. He's the devoted father of a ton of little sushis (Air Quotes) and everyday tech ninja.

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