New to the BOC (have questions on catfishing?

Discussion in 'OHIO LAKES / RESERVOIRS' started by Bigcat1, Aug 29, 2006.

  1. Bigcat1

    Bigcat1 New Member

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    Im going fishing this friday night and i was wondering do i need to fish deep or shallow and what is the best depth for both?I was also wondering what is the best bait for the bigger cats?Also if you sit for hours and only catch little cats is that all you will catch all night long?I am fishing a lake in ohio.
     
  2. Itch2Scratch

    Itch2Scratch New Member

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    Mike, welcome to the BOC Family!:big_smile:
     

  3. bigredsbbq

    bigredsbbq New Member

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    Mike welcome to the BOC you will find this place to be very Friendly and very informative on the size of bait for catching big flatties and blues I would suggest whole live blue gills or large cut shad if ya got a shad net other wise take some kids bluegill fishing during the day and you got catfish bait all night this is what I do and my kids love catching them bluegill as far as how deep they are right know I haven't got out in a while so I'm not sure someone Else will chime in on that one
    Trevor
     
  4. bigredsbbq

    bigredsbbq New Member

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    oh I forgot to add if you would like to come down and meet a bunch of us we are having a national gathering in Kentucky on Kentucky lake at ken lake state park it will be a blast and a great opportunity to meet and share ideas with some of the greatest cat fishermen in the world (not me I'm there to learn too)
    Trevor
     
  5. d1d1d

    d1d1d New Member

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    Welcome to BOC.

    If you are fishing from the bank, I would take along numerous baits
    (nightcrawlers, shrimp, beef liver, etc) Then, arrive a little early and
    fish nightcrawlers on a boober with a small hook to catch some
    bluegills or similar baitfish. Put them in a minnow bucket(in the
    water) to keep them alive. These you can use on about an 8/0
    hook for bait...you may want to cut them. These will probably
    be your best bet for large catfish, unless the lake holds shad.
    You will need to learn to throw a net to get shad.

    Chances are quite high that an area holding fingerling catfish
    is not also holding a 20 pound catfish. However, there are always
    exceptions and a larger fish can move-in to such an area at
    any time. Much depends on 'what' and 'how much' prey is
    available..also what the larger fish usually eats.

    If you have a boat, you can move around more. From the
    bank or shore, you still have many options. Try both deadline
    and bobber fishing with numerous baits. Also, watch to see
    if anyone in the area is successful.

    If you will be in a boat, I recommend the trolling method
    with bait floats.

    Good Luck!