Blues channels and flathead catfish

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by davesoutfishing, Apr 7, 2006.

  1. davesoutfishing

    davesoutfishing New Member

    Menominee Michigan
    Big Blues Love Cold Water:
    The biggest blue catfish often come from water below the 40-degree mark. Most other gamefish are sluggish in water this frigid, but not blues - they'll bite aggressively and put up a world-class fight.

    Flatheads On Bluegills:
    One of the best baits for a big flathead catfish is a live bluegill. Fish it under a float in shallow water, or below a heavy sinker on the bottom of a river. Use stout tackle - when hooked, a flathead usually heads straight for cover.

    Juggin' Fun:
    One of the easiest and most enjoyable ways to catch catfish is on juglines. Wrap a length of strong monofilament line around the neck of a plastic milkjug. Pull out the desired length (6 to 10 ft. is usually plenty) and secure the remainder in place with a sturdy rubber band. Rig a stout live bait hook at the end of the line and a heavy sinker (an old spark plug or wheel weight will work) about a foot above the hook. Use liver, worms, minnows, shrimp or prepared catfish bait. Put out several jugs away from heavy boating traffic, then get set for fun as catfish try to make off with them. Always check local regulations before jug fishing.

    Cats On Corks:
    In Spring, catfish often move around shallow rock banks to spawn. They can be caught using live minnows or prepared baits drifted shallow beneath slip bobbers.

    Catfish Attractor:
    A "fish block" is a great catfish attractor. These biodegradable blocks, when submerged, emit a fish-attracting odor which will call catfish and baitfish from a wide area. Tie a block to a tree limb or boat dock to attract fish close to shore, or sink one of or more on underwater structure. For best results, return in a couple of days and fish close to the block.
  2. Baitkiller

    Baitkiller New Member

    Akron, Ohio

    Ever see the Blues do a pre-spawn run up to the dams out there and if so when plz?

  3. back channel

    back channel Member

    Pittsburgh, PA
    Thanks for the helpful info
  4. suddawg

    suddawg New Member

    We have a lot of Blues in the Missouri, but I've never caught one. But you're so right about Flatheads heading for cover after hitting bait. I allways know when I lose a good flattie where we fish, because they head directly for large brush piles and stumps.

  5. copycat

    copycat New Member

    New Jersey
    How much distance between bait and float and what kind and where do you get the fish blocks?
  6. jtrew

    jtrew New Member

    Little Rock, AR
    IMO, using a plastic milkjug is a good way to lose a big fish. They're just not sturdy enough to keep from collapsing if a big cat takes one down deep or subjects it to any kind of abuse. My test for a jug is to put the cap on, stand on the jug, then bounce up and down. If this damages the jug in any way, or if the cap blows off, don't use that type of jug. Good choices for jugs in the gallon size range are antifreeze jugs or laundry detergent jugs. For jugs half that size, 2-liter soda jugs work very well, or you can use smaller laundry detergent jugs. Even smaller jugs can be made from swimming pool noodles, oil jugs, soda jugs, or laundry detergent jugs. Important considerations when making up your jugs are: anchored or freefloating; calm or current; water depth; how spread out the jugs may end up (need for visibility).