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Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by 18lbflathead, Nov 19, 2006.
Do blue catfish bite all year round?thank you for your post.:confused2:
Blues and Channel Cats both bite year round.:wink:
thats been my experience
the bite from blues seems to get better as the water temps drop. Or atleast that is what I have gathered.
They will bite year round and especially in the winter...W
blues especially bite better in the winter.. most guides i have fish with, don't get serious till it gets cold.. nov. dec. jan. febr. ist the best for
for trophy blues.. channels slow down in cold weather, but they do bite..
my biggest blues come in the winter.. hint hint use fresh cut shad, don't put it on ice, put it in a baggie then on ice, if u have to.. the bait doesn't have to be a big piece.. alot of guides fillet shad and use small pieces.
set the hook, blues don't pick up bait with their hands....
In a word Yes. channels also
Agree with what was said. Blues bite year round especially in the winter months. Majority of my big blues came during the winter.
blues bite year round well exept for today spent 8 or 9 hours on the water with only a handfull of bites ( no fish ) my biggest blues are usually caught in late nov. early dec.
They pretty much bite year round. We've always been able to get fish out of the river, but the temps don't change extremely down here as in other parts of the country.
The winters have been really mild the past few years which has helped the catch.
If blues are biteing this time of year, I think I will try for some.
The way I look at it is that fish eat every day, we just have to figure out what they are hungry for on the colder days. You get on the river in one of those holes that are 20 or 30 feet deep, it is cold down there all the time.
I have caught alot of catfish in the winter They stack up better than summer :lol:
Dear New Brother Ricky;
Yep! They sure do!! You may have to fish a bit deeper/slower for them but some of the best Blue fishing is in the winter months, especially if you have a boat!
I am a "creature" of heat and light myself. My Raven likes the colder weather herself but that is her Scottish Bard genes working.
But, I have a Good Friend in the western half of Tennessee that has invited us to go fishing for "Big" Blues in Jan/Feb of 2007 and since he has a boat I am going to dress WARMLY, and the wife; Raven and I are going to make a weekend of it! :smile2:
I can honestly tell you that I would NOT go if I did not believe that I had better than 50/50 odds of catching a BIG one!!
One of our other Brothers; Deerhunter, also has some cold weather experience out on the Ohio River and I'm sure if you ask he will gladly share his hints and experience with you.:wink:
Hopes this helps.
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In Texas, if could only fish for blues six months out of the year, it would be Nov. - April. Once you locate them (on a good blues lake/river), running out of bait is not exactly rare. Blues feed year around in these parts and as had been said, they tend to stack up in winter. Also the big boys seemed to be caught more often when it is cooler. This past weekend, on the lake I fish, conditions were bascially perfect, cool morning (low 40's - high 30's), 10 - 15 mph wind. Three different fishing buddy's caught their personal best (biggest being 55 lbs) plus couple other folks caught two in the 30 - 40 lbs class. Eaters were caught by the boat loads. A bank fisherman caught 28 keepers between daylight and noon.
They feed everyday of the year. But you do have to find them. And fish where they are at to get a bite.
The bluecat is different from other catfish in that he stores little fat in his body. The blue must eat year around to survive, and he will eat just about anything that swims. The only hard and fast rule concerning what the bluecat will eat is that it must fit in his mouth.
winter time fishing means big blue cats.
Oh ya I can't wait, it is getting colder and the fishin is already gettin better.
Blues bite year round just find them and present them some bait. Biggers ones seem to get caught when it really starts gettting cold.