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Discussion in 'CALIFORNIA RIVERS TALK' started by Nightstalker 424, May 26, 2009.

  1. Nightstalker 424

    Nightstalker 424 New Member

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    Hey everyone. I was recently directed to this site and am impressed. I took my first trip to the river a few weeks ago. I managed a few channels but missed out on the bigger flatheads. I'm heading back down there this Saturday night. I'm thinking about going further south and trying out the Palo Verde area.

    I was told to fish the drainage ditches. The ones I saw couldn't have been more than a couple of feet deep. Am I overthinking this or should I look for deeper ones? Also, I managed to catch a couple of Gills but had them die out on my pretty quick while in my bucket. The goldfish I had lived but were pretty sluggish. Any tips on keeping the bait alive? Thanks everyone and I'm looking forward to participating on the board.
     
  2. daystarchis

    daystarchis New Member

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    Welcome Sean to the BOC brother:wink:
     

  3. Mo.Hick

    Mo.Hick Active Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Sean from Mo. Dont ever underestamate the shallow water bite.

    Tom
     
  4. catfishscotty

    catfishscotty Well-Known Member

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    same here welcome to the BOC :big_smile: good luck ..

    tons of friendly folks on here and endless information enjoy !!!!!:wink:

    and congrats on your fish ya caught ...
     
  5. azcataholic

    azcataholic New Member

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    Welcome Sean to the BOC. You will find some answers here. You might want to check the library on this site. Good Luck!
     
  6. Nightstalker 424

    Nightstalker 424 New Member

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    Thanks. Mo and CatfishScotty, I have an Uncle that was stationed in Knob Noster and would take me catfishing below Truman Dam. Good times there!! Those Missouri cats sure put up a fight!!!
     
  7. Catgirl

    Catgirl New Member

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    Hi Sean! Welcome to the Brotherhood of Catfishermen family. We're glad to have you! :big_smile:
     
  8. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Another welcome to the BOC Sean.
     
  9. jagdoctor1

    jagdoctor1 New Member

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    Welcome man. Yeah the drainage ditches are better if they have some more water in them.. however you'd be surprised at how little water can hold a biggo flathead. There are tons of gills talapia and bass trapped in there and the flathead don't have to do all that much work to eat. Go south more down by or below Palo Verde and you can find some larger canals.
     
  10. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    Sean welcome to the BOC from N.C. you have found the best catfishing site on the web, great info ,but best of all the people on here r the greatest
     
  11. Snagged2

    Snagged2 New Member

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    Don't worry about the shallow water,, It makes it a bit easier if you have to go untangle one!!
    I pulled fish out of the canals and the main channel this past weekend,, Just take your pic!!

    Regarding the bait,, they need fresh water, cool water, clean water..
    some use Bubblers, and they work OK, but in the summer they don't keep it cool.
    I take a 5 gal bucket, like from laundry detergent, drill a bunch of holes in it. tie a rope on it, and toss it in whatever water you're fishing in,,,, after securing the lid:wink: A recent modification-improvement to that system is to drill holes only halfway around, so it doesn't leak towards you, or in your boat..I also, don't drill below about a 4" waterline, so it will hold some water if need be. handy to have a non-holy bucket to put the holy bucket in, if you decide to move to another area..I don't have a "baitwell" other than that.. It's not perfect, but, it works..

    Also,, Welcome to the BOC!!:smile2:
     
  12. plumbertom1

    plumbertom1 Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the BOC, Sean. Glad to see you made it.
     
  13. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Sean Welcome to the BOC, from So. Illinois. Check out the BOC library whe nyou get time. Lots of good fishing info.:0a23::0a25::0a25:
     
  14. CatMan(Cali)

    CatMan(Cali) Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the BOC from Fresno Cali. Maybe I'll see you down in Blythe.
     
  15. Catpaw

    Catpaw Well-Known Member

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    Sean welcome to the BOC
     
  16. Nightstalker 424

    Nightstalker 424 New Member

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    All, I truly appreciate the warm welcome. Such an atmosphere makes it that much easier to ask what may be a silly question to some. Jag and Snagged, thanks for the tips. I will try both this weekend for sure. Mickey, I was supposed to be studying for a promotional exam today but ended up in the library for most of it!!! Great stuff in there!!! Once again thanks for the hospitality!
     
  17. Nightstalker 424

    Nightstalker 424 New Member

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    Hey Catman, have you been to McClure recently by chance? The lake was almost gone the last time I went there! Let me know if you get down this way!
     
  18. BIGCATFISH64

    BIGCATFISH64 New Member

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    Welcome to the family brother!!!!
     
  19. catfisherman369

    catfisherman369 Floyd

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    Welcome to the BOC Sean
     
  20. rrssmith

    rrssmith New Member

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    greetings and salutations from the lovely central valley