Well, maybe the worm has turned and my catfishless days are over. Since, I did manage to land one and lose one tonight. He was caught on garlic chicken livers and light tackle, weighed 3 1/2 pounds and was 20 1/2 inches long.
I have attached two pix of the cat and me.
I also caught a carp before the catfish activity started. I posted his pic in the carp section. He was 3 1/2 pounds and 21 inches long. Caught on corn and light tackle.
I started getting all kinds of bites right before dark (I got to my spot around 5:15 pm and did a bit of chumming with both corn and the livers (cut up in very small pieces).
I was also using some cured garlic chicken livers (done in the dehydrator today) and I was getting bites on that as well as the fresh livers.
The first cat I had on and lost (he was pretty good sized, maybe 10 pounds) was the first of the numerous bites I had. And, then it seemed like I was probably getting aggravated by very small cats, I don't know for sure. But, it seemed as if they were just nipping at the livers and not taking it seriously. Thus, I concluded that they were probably small. Then, all bites ceased for a bit (and I was getting bites on all four rods I had set out). Then, it was maybe 15 minutes later that I hooked into the one that I landed. Could it be that larger cats had moved into the area and run the smaller ones off ? I think I recall reading something like that.
Anyway, brought the cat home and filleted him and checked his stomach contents. He was full of corn and hominy (I chummed with corn and hominy there yesterday). Thus, I am wondering if a lot of the bites/hits/strikes I have been getting on corn have been from catfish and not just carp??? Since, I have never used corn or hominy for catfish bait, nor caught a catfish on corn. Thus, I would pose this question. Have many of you caught catfish on corn and/or hominy before???? And, managed to catch a cat??
I have never caught a cat on corn, but then I usually use a homemade doughbait when I am carp fishing. I have caught cats on that though. It is basically corn syrup, corn meal, and vanilla extract cooked up. The recipe use to be in the old library, but anyway, it seems to work well on cats and carp.
I've personally never caught a cat on corn, but then again I've never tried. Last weekend I watched a father with his two boys pull out 4 or 5 cats on corn in the middle of the day though. Made me reconsider using it as bait for cats.
Nice catch Sentry! Bigger than anything I've caught lately. I once caught a small channel (1lb at best) on corn. I was fishing for trout and had caught several on corn that day. I hooked into that little cat and I thought I had a record breaking trout. It never occured to me that a catfish would eat corn. But then again who would think a catfish would eat soap? Wonders never cease.