new to cats

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by zach93, Feb 5, 2008.

  1. zach93

    zach93 New Member

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    I am new to catfishing and need some help.
    I fish a pond/lake that is loaded with bass and bluegill.
    the other day I was walking by and there was a dead channel cat on the shoreline so I want to try it out.
    What kind of bait and type of hook setup should i use?
    Should I fish it at night or in the daytime
    when bass fishing we use a paddle boat that was all ready in the pond so I dont have to fish off the shore.
    The pond is abought 700-800 yards long and 450-500 yards wide.
    Thanks in advance for your help,
    Zach
     
  2. Ulikedew

    Ulikedew New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC from Indiana.As for fishing for channels in a pond I always use chicken liver or some stink bait.Nightcrawlers work well for me as well.

    As for setups here is one I recommend from Louisvillerider.

    http://youtube.com/watch?v=8wRzypDRjbg
     

  3. zach93

    zach93 New Member

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    thanks that video was very good.
    Zach
     
  4. cathooked

    cathooked New Member

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    welcome Zach to the BOC from north carolina...
     
  5. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC. Nightcrawlers and cut bait will work best for you there in that situation. Try catching a few bluegills and cutting them up in 1 inch squares.
     
  6. Wabash River Bear

    Wabash River Bear New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Zac, all your answers are here.
     
  7. brinley45cal

    brinley45cal Active Member

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    If theres alot of bluegill in there you can bet thats what they are eating.Id use a bluegill head or cut one up and put her on the hook.
     
  8. catfishcrazy256

    catfishcrazy256 New Member

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    WELCOME TO THE BOC, NIGHT CRAWLERS ,CHICKEN LIVER WORK WELL !!!
     
  9. zach93

    zach93 New Member

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    Thanks everyone Now I am using my bass rod its a shimano symetre 2500FI with a shakesphers senergy supreme rod 7' medium action rod I just put on some 14LB shakesphere supreme line Is that heavy enough.
    Also what is a good cat setup that is reasonably priced.
    Thanks,
    Zach
     
  10. whisker maniac

    whisker maniac New Member

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    welcome to the BOC Zach. You can find all kinds of information for any style of fishin in the member library. Good luck
     
  11. rspd507

    rspd507 New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC from Indiana.
     
  12. zach93

    zach93 New Member

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    Thanks guys
    Zach
     
  13. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Zach.
     
  14. Reel_Blues

    Reel_Blues New Member

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    Zach i see you already got some good info so i will just welcome you to the BOC.
     
  15. yadkinrivercats

    yadkinrivercats Member

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    welcome to the BOC Zach
     
  16. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Zach, Welcome to the BOC.
     
  17. BigCatter54

    BigCatter54 New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC , your setup will do fine for the situation you are fishing in, the biggest fish your looking at is probably gonna top out at around 8 to 12 lbs, so your 14lb test should do great, Your bass setups should work great for the fish you are targeting, no need to upgrade unless you are planning targeting some larger water. For quick results try using stink bait in the evenings
     
  18. s_man

    s_man New Member

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    Zach, If this pond has a weed edge out from the bank. Either sit quietly on the bank and cast to the outside edge, or anchor the boat out away from it and cast back to the edge from open water. Do this a couple hours before and after dark. Or if you can all night. Use a live 4 inch gill on one rod and a cut gill on another. Fishing that close to the bank you can't use lights or fires, no music or loud talking either. Give it a try I bet you'll be surprised at the size of channels you will catch.
     
  19. curdog

    curdog New Member

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    Zach, Welcome to BOC!!!
    Add alot of garlic salt to those chicken livers.
     
  20. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    mariofish try chubs :cool2: