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I spent the better part of the last week camped out on the point of a nice cove and fishing every morning and every evening. I've tried to keep atleast 1 cat pole in the water (sometimes up to 4) with various baits/sizes. Chicken and beef liver, worms, catapillars (both fresh and mush in a bottle). Live and cut bait (locally caught bream).

All that and I only caught 1 small (2lbish) channel cat. However, during the day I've been bass/crappie fishing and have caught 3 cats on plastic grubs!

I think these catfish are confused. They ignore my cut bait and go for my plastic bait. The only thing I can think of is that my 'bass feast' scent should be called 'catfish feast' scent instead. Maybe I should use some on my catfish bait? :-D

Here's some pics to illustrate
 

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Brian, the cats are up close to the banks, do to the spawn, thats why you catch them when bass and crappie fishing, the cats follow these fish to the shallows to feed on them and on their eggs, try fishing closer to the bank for cats and if you catch and clean some crappie lay the egg sacks out in the sun until the sack dries out enough to get on a hook and fish with that, good luck.
 

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I use artificial baits most of the time. All of my PB's have been caught with 3 ounce diamond spoons or 1/2 ounce saltwater jigheads with white grubworms. But I usually fish below large dams. Here's a couple of pictures of my favorite baits.
 
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