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Believer

New York, NY

#1 May 21, 2012
Has anyone seen or heard stories about a river monster that lives in the area of the Ashland bridge. Curious if anyone has seen anything.
yeah

Ashland, KY

#2 May 21, 2012
Its name is Goblinwang!!!
Believer

New York, NY

#3 May 23, 2012
Come on people. I cannot have been the only one to see something.
Donna

Ashland, KY

#4 May 23, 2012
I have never seen anything. What did you see?
oldstory

Ashland, KY

#5 May 23, 2012
I believe that this is a very old old old legend. As a metter of fact I know the story actually but not the year but it was reported in the news. A few people were swimming in the Ohio river and the report was given by a hystericaly upset in shock female that her male companion had been attacked by a creature she described similar to a dinosaur she said it came up and attacked him and took him under the water. I heard from family sources that she never recovered mentally from the shock her mind could not comphrend. I dont know if the story is 100% true but it was a well known story in my family. I just call it a legend because it was passed around in our family and I passed it down as I heard it to my kids.
oldstory

Ashland, KY

#6 May 23, 2012
As to my own experience in Aug of 1977 I was 15 years old at the dock in Catlettsburg down past the flood wall by the Bingo hall it was a hot summer evening and it has just turned dark when the shy is still bright but night bright and I was looking out at the river which was still and a huge wake broke up from underneath as long in length as a modern bass boat would be I swore I saw the dark outline of something/what I do not know to this day and it was so big that it left a huge wake. It scared the bejeebers outta me and I have no idea to this day what it was. My rational mind says mabey a log came up from the bottom but the wake it created at least in my mind seem like a animal or undualting snake not a inamiate log... who knows n I dont really care to think about it.
ItsMe23

Ionia, MI

#7 May 23, 2012
It's ScrapIron Jack. Do a little research of that name. You'll find what you're looking for.

“I'm the Geriatric General”

Since: Jun 11

Kurya, Altai region, Russia

#8 May 23, 2012
It's that danged Loch Ness Monster done swummed over here; still tryin to get my three-fitty...
Elwood

Ashland, KY

#9 May 23, 2012
Three fitty, that's a lot of money! He aint gettin my three fitty. I work hard for my money. 88
Believer

Ironton, OH

#10 May 23, 2012
Thank you all so much for your posts. The story about Scrapiron Jack wow I think that may be it. Awesome story. What I saw looked more like a moving log floating and then it just disappeared. Sounds like it could have been Scrapiron Jack. Very interesting. Keep the stories coming.
Story

Ironton, OH

#11 May 23, 2012
I've heard that there have been divers in the river working on the damn and theyve told stories about being in the river and seeing catfish the size of old voltswagons
Just me

Ceredo, WV

#12 May 23, 2012
Story wrote:
I've heard that there have been divers in the river working on the damn and theyve told stories about being in the river and seeing catfish the size of old voltswagons
My husband (at the time that the dam was being built) was a barber and he would come home and tell me how the divers, while getting their hair cuts, would tell him that there were fish down there big enough to swallow a man whole!!

“These are the good old days.”

Since: Mar 12

Location hidden

#14 May 25, 2012
Logs floating down the river under the surface can pop up and look like something prehistoric. Get real.
My Fix

Russell, KY

#15 May 26, 2012
Ask and dive repair man that works on the dam. There is "fact" 6 foot catfish around that damn. My grandfather used to say some guys would go down there come bck up and refuse to go back. Before you think its a old man messing with his grand kid. I have heard the same threw the years.

If one of those would pop up and down I bet it would look neat.

“These are the good old days.”

Since: Mar 12

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#16 May 26, 2012
Think about it. Everyone has heard the dam stories. IF they were true, with all the people, through all the years fishing at the Greenup dam wouldn't you think someone would have CAUGHT one of them by now. Urban legend.
My fix

New York, NY

#17 May 26, 2012
ISANYONEOUTTHERE wrote:
Think about it. Everyone has heard the dam stories. IF they were true, with all the people, through all the years fishing at the Greenup dam wouldn't you think someone would have CAUGHT one of them by now. Urban legend.
6 foot catfish by be means is a "stretch". In fact I saw a show a year back where a guy caught one in the amazon. "hogzella" "giant hogs was a so called urban legend up until people started shooting them a few years ago. That size catfish won't ever be caught with a simple fishing line & a old man with a beer. Takes special equipment & usually more than one person. So who knows how many people that had there line broke or they thought "stuck" on something.
Fisherman

New York, NY

#18 May 26, 2012
I have had 80 pound test spider wire broken at the dam serveral times. I normal use a very large stainless steel hook with bait exceeding 12" long. I don't doubt at all that we have some very large catfish down there. I am an ecology major and research shows that is intirely possible for catfish to reach serveral hundred pounds. Just for a note, a 60 pound blue cat can be about 3' to 3.5' long
me too

Port Deposit, MD

#19 May 26, 2012
Story wrote:
I've heard that there have been divers in the river working on the damn and theyve told stories about being in the river and seeing catfish the size of old voltswagons
My dad always told us that too. Very same comparison
my goodness

Port Deposit, MD

#20 May 26, 2012
ISANYONEOUTTHERE wrote:
Think about it. Everyone has heard the dam stories. IF they were true, with all the people, through all the years fishing at the Greenup dam wouldn't you think someone would have CAUGHT one of them by now. Urban legend.
I'm thinking a six foot cat fish would not be very intrigued by a small worm on a hook. Don't be so mean, people are only posting things that were said and seen in the past. If you're not enjoying the read, move on!
max

Hodgenville, KY

#21 May 26, 2012
I recall how years ago we used to fish near the Ashland Water Treatment Plant, before it was fenced off. One night I noticed my pole pitch forward and as I abruptly grabbed it to set the hook, my arms simply stopped cold as I jerked them back. It was at this juncture that I was actually pulled forward a couple of steps, before the line quickly snapped. I have no idea what was on the other end. I have always wondered about this down through the years. We used to catch some huge carp at that site. Perhaps it was one of those. I also remember my grandfather telling me about when he was a kid people would carry the fish they caught over their shoulders to bring them home. He said their tails would be dragging the ground. This was years before the dam was built. I have heard the diver stories all my life. I have no idea how true they are, however.

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