Blue catfish and Humps

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by catchaser1, Aug 18, 2006.

  1. catchaser1

    catchaser1 New Member

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    was thinking of trying some new spots on the local lake-Hartwell. I was going to fish some humps. How deep of water would be best productive; I fish a tournament on Sat. nights, so a big blue would be great. Any other advise would be greatly apprieciated:big_smile:
     
  2. bhunt

    bhunt New Member

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    Find the thermocline. Even at night the fish still stay in the thermocline.
     

  3. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    That's right. You can also use a Slip Bobber rig to help keep your baits in the thermocline. Humps are great Blue Cat structure, we drift them with bobbers and have good success.
     
  4. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    That magical depth varies from season to season and also week to week. We have seen a significant water temperature drop and the fish have moved in the past week.

    Use your graph to see where the fish are, and from there work up a presentation that gets the bait to them. It may be trolling, anchoring and casting, or using suspended baits.
     
  5. wylie catter

    wylie catter New Member

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    Can someone explain to me some good ways to keep my bait in the thermacline. For instance if it is around 35'. And I want to drift. How do I know when my bait is 35' deep? I'm sure someone has a good simple way to do it. And I'm still a little confused about slip bobbers. From what I've read this is deffinetly a way to do it but how exactly? If the bobber is able to slip up and down the line how do you stop it when you reach the desired depth? I hope somebody can explain this a little.Thanks.
     
  6. Katmaster Jr.

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    I use a Slip bobber, and hope my article can help you understand the concept.......

    http://www.catfish1.com/forums/showthread.php?p=414280#post414280
     
  7. wylie catter

    wylie catter New Member

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    Thank you very much. That answered a lot of questions.
     
  8. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    Well I'm glad it helped, good luck fishing.
     
  9. Katphish

    Katphish New Member

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    Great article zakk, i also found this extremely helpful.
     
  10. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    Thanks, very glad you like it.
     
  11. bclumsky

    bclumsky New Member

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    great article, really helpful.
     
  12. Stumpknocker2

    Stumpknocker2 New Member

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    You know Zak, everytime I get on the site and I am reading threads, I always look for your replies. It is very uplifting to see a guy your age being so full of knowledge when it comes to catfishin. I have learned a lot from you since being here, THANKS. And keep the post coming, I truely enjoy them.
     
  13. Katmaster Jr.

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    Glen, thank you for the kind words. I enjoy your post also.:smile2:
     
  14. SIVART22573

    SIVART22573 New Member

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    Great post Zakk. Thanks for the info.
     
  15. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    Thanks, glad it helped.
     
  16. bluehunter

    bluehunter New Member

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    Good info. I was fishing the other night and I noticed on the finder that a lot of these fish were suspended in a specific zone which was more than likely the thermocline. A slip bobber would have been key in that situation.
     
  17. Katmaster Jr.

    Katmaster Jr. New Member

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    Yeah, sounds like that would have definitely been a prime time to try a slip bobber.
     
  18. bhunt

    bhunt New Member

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    Great article. I use the same rig here in texas. We have a thermocline during the summer also. Good job again on the article.
     
  19. herekitty

    herekitty New Member

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    I'd like to add my thanks for the article too.
     
  20. cat tamer

    cat tamer New Member

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    Thanks for a good post zak !