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Over the years I have caught some cats on lures. An orange rooster tail has caught me several good channels and A top water rapala has landed a few as well. I saw 2 bass fishermen land a 30# Flathead on a top water buzz-bait. I prefer to use live or cut baits though.:crazy:
 

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I catch them regularly while I am crappie fishing with jigs. Seems the color that produces most consistently for cats is red head/chartruse body/white tail. I have also caught a couple blue cats and a few channels on beetle spins, and in line spinners.
 

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I caught a few channel cats (eater size) with jigs. I did have a moster once take a jig but I knew I had no shot at him because I was fishing with 4# line for crappie. He was under a tree and right before I was taking it out of the water he hit it. No shot at all.
 

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I have caught a few with a flyrod and the flooting poppers at dusk on ponds. I have also broke Two flyrods doing this. If you get anything with any size you have a hand full, but it is a blast.
 

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I have caught a few (But not many) Channel Cats on dark colored Jigs when fishing for Ba$$. :confused2:
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i have caught channels and small flatheads in brush on a red and white tube. my brother hooked into a really nice flathead on a sassy shad, but that fight didn't last very long.
 

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we were out on a bass fishing trip a got to digging around in my buddies baits and found some pumkin flavored crawdad jigs. ended up with 2 small flatheads and 3 channels. i had a blast, i thought that first flathead was going to be the biggest bass of my life.:tounge_out:
 

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Ive caught some with lures but it wasnt on purpose.When using lures i dont target cats but sometimes i get lucky.But to be honest i dont fish with lures much cause i normally dont fish for anything but cats.
 

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I started trolling crankbaits for crappie. Little did I know that I would catch more channel catfish than crappie. On some days, trolling crankbaits is as good of way to catch catfish as any other method of catfishing. If you haven't tried it, you are missing some good action. You will catch other fish besides catfish but, in the lakes I troll in, more cats than anything else.
 

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Channel cats from my experience will hit just about any bait at any depth, I have caught them in the middle of the day on in line spinners, jigs for crappie and even hula poppers at night, if channels are there they will get to the bait no matter what it is.
 

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I never catch anything on lures.......:confused2:.... I can count one hand how many times i caught something on a lure.... Last Summer I managed a Bluegilll.......:sad2:
 

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i have caught them on cranks and roadrunners also. im sure if you were to drop a jig in front of a blue or flat they would hit it too.
 
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