Cold water catfish

Discussion in 'INDIANA RIVERS TALK' started by drpepper, Oct 26, 2009.

  1. drpepper

    drpepper New Member

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    Shane and I give it another shot again tonight in pursuit of cold water flatties... we hovered over a 16' wintering hole and fished straight down around a snag "jigging" cut crappie and live- medium sized shiners and chubs caught earlier with a cast net. We struck-out catching a monster Flattie- but a tiny cold water flattie was caught by yours truely.... and Shane Macked a nice 13.4 lb Channel... heres a few pics....
     

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  2. fmb

    fmb New Member

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    hell at least your still getting flatheads.....the water here has dropped way to low for the flatheads to bite....

    glad to hear people are still fishing.....how cold is the water there???
     

  3. drpepper

    drpepper New Member

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    When we left the water it was 50.... really not too bad, but, that little flattie didn't have much fight in him... even for it's size... the waters have actually warmed up some over ther last couple days.
     
  4. drpepper

    drpepper New Member

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    BTW, normally I wouldn't have posted this little flattie... but any flattie I catch in cold water like this, I'm gonna post 'em.... even if they're 3 inches long lol
     
  5. fmb

    fmb New Member

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    hey its a flathead thats all that counts....that is a feat in cold waters thats for sure....
     
  6. Flootie16

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    thats awesome bill that u were able to catch that flattie. and thats one helluva channel! remember...channels bite all year round. so u should fish all year round in the hopes that big ole sluggish flattie will bite :big_smile:
     
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    nice
     
  8. river scum

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    nice size channel cat guys:wink: keep trying keep trying!
     
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  9. skippi2use

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    Very nice channel cat Bill. It is supposed to be pretty nice almost all week. If you can deal with the rain.
     
  10. Fishgeek

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    Nice job guys! Fullstringer & I were talking about giving the coldwater flatties a try this winter...but we never found a whole that we would consider a good wintering hole!
     
  11. The Catfish Cowboy

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    That is one heck of a channel you all got there. We got a good average down here about 7 to 8 pounds.
     
  12. perrycounty.in

    perrycounty.in New Member

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    Nice to see Bill, you ever go back to TC to hit them flatties yet?
    And its nice to see Shane takin better photos this time. haha
     
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  13. drpepper

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    I was just wonder what you're looking for in a wintering hole? Are you guys able to boat from one riff to the other?
    The stretch I fish has riffs that are only inches deep that I'm assuming would "trap" flatties between them and cause them to winter in the deepest hole(s) between those riffs what do you think?
     
  14. drpepper

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    My intentions are for me and Shane to give TC a shot at least once each winter month for flatties. I'm gonna have to push myself though - I really don't like to freeze lol. yeah Shane gettin' lots of practice takin' pictures of all those monster cats I've been catchin' :roll_eyes: lmao!
     
  15. river scum

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    bill, try trot lines to limit your time in the cold and still gather info on the cold months:wink:

    yes Matt, please enlighten us! i have a few holes i though were wintering holes but couldnt feel a thing when probed. i felt around with sinker and baited treble hook a couple years ago. lol i never felt anything even close to soft flesh.
     
  16. Shad Man

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    Thanks for the story Bill. Its nice to see WRBC still lives!!!!
     
  17. perrycounty.in

    perrycounty.in New Member

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    Thats what i was talkin about bill, the last post had photos of him not even lookin at that camera, i see he's back to his rare form again with them faces. lmao
     
  18. Fishgeek

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    Yeah, I hear what you're saying....but studies show that those flatties can & do MOVE when they want to. We had troubles with some riffles but I think even the bigger FHC could make it through. The deepest whole we found was 7-9 feet. Even up where Tim (Riverscum) fishes the holes seem to be 7-8 feet but there's still a few big holes that seem like they would be obvious wintering holes. Obviously I could be dead wrong.

    I guess depth is relative. I suppose the only way to find out is for me & Andy to bundle up & go fishing.
     
  19. Flootie16

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    bill with your shallow water just get an under water camera and take it with you. and when you find all of the flatties on top of each other, you know to drop your line there :smile2:
     
  20. Fishgeek

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    ...been thinking about that...