massachussetts catfishing

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by okie rat, Jan 13, 2009.

  1. okie rat

    okie rat New Member

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    hey all.. im going to be moving to massachussetts for job reasons here in about another summer. being one from an area that has no shortage of monster cats, im not sure what to expect. are there any cats besides channels in mass.? im hoping at least some flatheads have made way into the rivers up there. i know better than to wish for blues though.. any info to prove me wrong? any intelligence i can get would help me greatly.. i just want to hear theres some nice cats at my new home. i guess worst come worst i can just break the channel record for my health and then hit the atlantic for some big stripers and such... :cool2: i just love being in close proximety to fish that can spool you no problem. :eek:oooh:
     
  2. Blacky

    Blacky New Member

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    You may want to transform into a striper fisherman because Massachusettes isn't known for it's catfishing. Unfortunately,no flatheads that far north and the channels are the biggest cats you will find up there. You also can catch white cats and bullheads too:embarassed:.

    A catfisherman moving to Massachusettes is like a snowboarder moving to Iraq!
     

  3. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    I'm afraid that I believe Blacky's right. I grew up next door in Rhode Island and never even caught a channel cat there. I have heard that the Connecticut River has good channel cats, so that's a possiblilty. Otherwise, I'd say go with the flow - there's good trout fishing in the Berkshires and the salt has stripers, bluefish, flounder, tautog (or blackfish as they call them further south), squeteague (weakfish), and so on and so on...
     
  4. katkiller77

    katkiller77 New Member

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    also do not forget the smallmouth bass there also as well
     
  5. mrmarkedwards

    mrmarkedwards Active Member

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    Delaware
    as far as i know there are no flatheads or blues that far north, but being on the upper east coast myself i know they should have a health population of channels, white cats and i think black bullheads. white cats are cool kind of a mix btween channels and bullheads.
     
  6. Paraguayguy

    Paraguayguy Active Member

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    I know nothing about that fine state other than I drove up from VA to buy a boat last winter. The guy I bought my boat from was a striped bass fishing fool.:smile2:
     
  7. Katmandeux

    Katmandeux New Member

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    Gotta say, if I had an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of Henry Lyman and Frank Woolner, catfish would be the farthest thing from my mind.
     
  8. mrmarkedwards

    mrmarkedwards Active Member

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    dave good point i didn't think of that and at least i heard of henry lyman. the bad thing is their striper season is shorter than ours however they raise them big up there. they have more 30+ caught up there than anywhere else except VA Beach in the winter.
     
  9. okie rat

    okie rat New Member

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    oklahoma
    i wont lie, that sure is disheartening. gotta do what you gotta do, but for a guy that holds the philosophy of "if it aint a big cat its bait", thats gonna take some time to get used to.. i dont mind striper fishing though so you know im going to have to change some of my skills. how far north have the flatheads gotten? i figured maybe theyd of gotten to the conneticutt river if not close.. im going to have to plan a few trips further south inorder to get a taste of what i love. thanks for the info guys..
     
  10. okie rat

    okie rat New Member

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    oklahoma
    how far north have blues gotten? im going to no doubt take some trips south throughout the year to get my taste. i know theres some great blues in the coastal rivers on the east coast. i figured maybe theyd be heading further and further north mainly in the conneticut (sp?) river.

    thanks for the info guys..
     
  11. okie rat

    okie rat New Member

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    i agree that there are some great minds to follow in that territory. thats part of why im happy to go. im just completley a cat man at heart so the prospect of no cats hurts me.. so on the connetecutt (sp?) river, are the channels of any size? a cat is a cat so i cant complain, i just like to have the drag spooled by a creature of the depths.. all in all it looks like im going to be a misplaced cat man fishin for them ocean stripers.. at least i have the equipment for it. thanks for the info guys..
     
  12. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    PA and VA are not too bad a drive. You can be there in a day for a weekend of chasing big cats.
     
  13. Jerry60k

    Jerry60k Member

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    You could even drop down into Maryland and fish the Potomac.Dont rule out the fact is in Northern waters you have very large Pike and Musky.
     
  14. lendog

    lendog New Member

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    and you could alway take up ice fishin, i'm sure you'll see lots of that up there:eek:oooh:
     
  15. finster31

    finster31 New Member

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  16. joe28

    joe28 New Member

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    Just signed up so this post is late but I fish for channel cats in CT river from Holyoke to Agawam and there are many good catfish to be had. Have caught many from 10-12 pound range still waiting for the 20 pounder!!