anchovies/havasu/roosevelt

Discussion in 'ARIZONA RIVERS TALK' started by azcataholic, Oct 16, 2008.

  1. azcataholic

    azcataholic New Member

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    Okay Guys,
    We caught between 10 and 12 catfish fishing in the morning with 1/2 anchovies, ranging from 16 to 22 inches long at Havasu area. With some time available, i wanted to test Roosevelt again with anchovies for channel cats. I fished the salt river first thing in morning, two areas, then moved to the cove next to Roosevelt Dam. This would have given similiar senarios, water depth clarity, etc. I did not get one tap on the anchovie at Roosevelt all day. My other rod was out with bluegill hoping for a randon flathead.Does anyone have any ideas, it seems odd to me to go from appr. 25 hits to 0 on same bait?
     
  2. tofish

    tofish New Member

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    picky fish i guess. lake mead and havasu i've always done good with chovies, but only lakes around. around yuma, i think the fish take a whiff, and swim the other way.
    sounds like you did good at havasu though.
    gary
     

  3. AZflats

    AZflats New Member

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    Hi Mike,
    Every time I try anchovies I end up with a turtle.. lol. (Bartlet, Roosevelt)

    * I think it has a lot to do with the waters.. Because everyone is tossing in anchovies at lake pleasant for stripers, the catfish are accustomed feeding on this as well.

    ** The best "cut" channel cat bait I have used at Bartlet or Roosevelt is shad, (from the same waters) Shrimp, (with a little garlic seasoning), night crawlers, (crawlers will also entice pretty much everything that swims by), or a blue gill head.

    ~A
     
  4. azcataholic

    azcataholic New Member

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    In my [testing] i tossed out a nightcrawler in same spot after an anchovy set there for 20 minutes, caught a healthy looking 6" long flathead in about 10 minutes. :smile2:
     
  5. MichaelP

    MichaelP New Member

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    I wish I knew what the hell the secret was. I think we should be allowed to set up like 10 poles. Corn, shrimp, hot dogs, water dogs, anchovies, squid, soap, dough bait, carp heads, bluegills, chicken liver, stink bait, blood bait, all in a line.
    I still wouldnt catch anything.
     
  6. azcataholic

    azcataholic New Member

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    I was thinking shad and anchovies would taste close to the same. I didn't want to have to do the taste test, i guess i'll pick up some crackers!
     
  7. tofish

    tofish New Member

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    i've never heard of people eating shad on pizza's though. might be a difference. let us know. :smile2:
    gary
     
  8. AZflats

    AZflats New Member

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    My last few visits to Bartlet lake there were a ton of shad up in the river section of the lake.. You could toss in a throw net anywhere and come up with a few hundred threadfin shads..

    When ever you are targeting predatory fish like a catfish.. You need to use what they are used to feeding on.. Otherwise they might get a little shy...
     
  9. azcataholic

    azcataholic New Member

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    I know Andy you right. It is just as it gets closer to nightfall when i am out there,fears of running out of bait, my bluegill getting away in the middle of the night,no throw net with me, all scary things that happen in the middle of the night....I get the shakes and want a bait in the ice chest as a backup. The natural bait is always best, i need to practice with my throw net .Thanks!:smile2:
     
  10. MichaelP

    MichaelP New Member

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    It helps if you drink about 6 beers before standing up and trying to throw the cast net from a boat.:wink:
     
  11. ozzy

    ozzy New Member

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    Ok, ya fishing channels? If so find the most shallow spots at dusk and dawn. This is when they hit the hardest. Im talking 2 feet of water if ya can find it. Chum if its legal. Flats and Blues I cant help ya on. :sad2: Good luck.
     
  12. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    Hi MichaelP,
    Yea, i like the 10 pole idea,,, I've been thinkin' about tieing on a dollar bill, maybe I can buy a bite!!!:smile2:
     
  13. thunderchicken

    thunderchicken New Member

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    Well, maybe it's not a question of bait, but rather of the lake your fishing in. To test out a preference for bait you should be using two poles at the same time and place but use different baits. As far a what lake to fish I must say I have not fished rosey but i know Havasu and it's a no brainer. If you have the time, go to Havasu. We don't even think about not catching fish because we just do. It's how many and how big. Not braggin, just the way it has been for us there.

    :cool2:
     
  14. azcataholic

    azcataholic New Member

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    I agree with you Mike. The catfishing on Havasu is generally good. I have got to say I am glad Roosevelt does not have striper.