Bottom fishing question...

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by flatheadchris, Apr 5, 2007.

  1. flatheadchris

    flatheadchris New Member

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    well been wondering,it happened to me at least 5 times today.i was fishing in a local small pond for mainly 2-3lb channels and mud cats.well i was using "gulp brand" trout pellets[works better then liver!!!],well i was fishing on the bottom with tight lines,every once in a while i noticed one of my tight lines would all of a sudden loose stiffness,and become very slack.i tried slowly picking to rod up and tried to see if he picked it up and was running but never felt nothing,what is my line getting so slack sometimes? are they just picking it up and dropping it?
     
  2. DANZIG

    DANZIG New Member

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    Might of picked it up and dropped it or, ya never know, one might have just bumped the line on it's way by.
     

  3. Hootowlc3

    Hootowlc3 New Member

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    Sometime it is a small fish bringing the bait to you instead of running with it and sometime it is a turtle.
    Slowly pull the line in with your hand instead of with the rod. You may be able to feel him before he feels you pick up the rod.
     
  4. riverdawg-1

    riverdawg-1 New Member

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    that happens to me sometimes in one of the rivers i fish, if i reel it in really slow its ussually a crawdad on the line.
     
  5. Wyocatman

    Wyocatman New Member

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    In my limited experience it seems that bullheads like to grab the bait and run at you. Happens to me alot. Usually, if this phenomenon occurs i'll crank in the slack as quick as possible and following the slack with the rod tip towards the water and then give a jawbreaking hookset. If ya miss, oh well, rebait and try again. A quick hookset is better than a guthooked cat in my book.

    dru
     
  6. rebcatman

    rebcatman New Member

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    I agree with Dru. Sometimes it is a larger fish, most of the time though it is small bullhead.
     
  7. ka_c4_boom

    ka_c4_boom New Member

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    iv had crawfish do this as well , you might try a smaller hook to see if its smaller fish
     
  8. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    They are picking up the bait and moving toward you.
     
  9. chuck99

    chuck99 New Member

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    My guess would be a turtle..........they will walk a bait almost all the way to the shore. See any heads sticking out of the pond.
     
  10. buddah

    buddah New Member

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    Sometimes, depending on the bait your using, it could be perch or Crappies trying to rid thier spawn sites of potential threats and will "push" it away. could just be a lil ol' Bull-head or a terrapin though too! Just keep watching yur pole end! Good luck Brother!
     
  11. cook

    cook New Member

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    Bullheads,lots of time you'll never know they are hooked till you check your bait.
     
  12. sw2324

    sw2324 New Member

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    This happens to me everytime I pond fish for smaller cats here in Texas. The fish moves in with the bait causing the slack. Quickly reel in the slack and get ready to set the hook. Typically with the slack reeled in you will feel another thump.
     
  13. F150Catfish

    F150Catfish New Member

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    sometime it's happened to me, I figured it out, it was small bluegills. I tried use small worms and see what happen, I caught few small gills there, now I know...
     
  14. wormduck

    wormduck New Member

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    i bet its a small fish or turtle.
     
  15. allena

    allena New Member

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    I`ve run into that more than once on rivers around here. I`ve caught quite a few channels of different sizes doing the same thing. I pick up my rod and take the slack up slowly. Seems like it`s a matter of timing but they can be caught. It gets aggrevating then it gets pesonal.
     
  16. dogcat

    dogcat New Member

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    Finicky carp possibly?
     
  17. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    It could be small cats thats doing it.