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was wondering if when the water temp heats up on the shallow flat if the cats that are wintering in the deeper water will move up on this flat as soon as the water on the flat heats up or will they wait for a change in the deeper water temp to move up on this flat.
 

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I think they'll follow the food. In early spring as the shad move onto the shallow, warmer water the more active cats won't be far behind. I've caught lots of channels in 37 deg water so they're not shy about feeding in cold temps.
 

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They will move to the shallow flats for sure as soon as the flats warm up, a warm rain also helps.
 

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Yup, that's where I go immediately following a warm spring rain. Blues, flats, channels...doesn't matter. They go where the bait is, and the bait is chasing bugs and worms in the newly inundated vegetation.
 
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