I had always thought of blue catfish as scavengers until a few years ago a incident at Lake San Antonio on California's central coast demonstrated their predatory ways. I was camped out at the lake and fishing at night for whatever would bite my soaking mackerel (cats of strippers) from the shore line near the launch ramp. After fishing for a few hours and listening to the splash of jumping fish I decided to see if they might be strippers jumping, so I got out my jig tossing pole and tied on a 6" Zara spook in black with silver stripes. I started tossing that spook and walking it in in the fashion I always did for strippers, after about a dozen tosses it was struck hard and I set the hook into what I was sure was a stripped bass, but for the weight it wasn't pulling as much as I would expect, no hard run just a lot of steady drag and a lot of head shaking. After a few minutes of pulling the fish imagine my surprise to find a 6lb blue had struck that spook in the dead of night, now when I'm out at night and hear the fish jumping I put on a noisy top water plug and work the surface vigorously, this has resulted in a good number of blue and channel catfish even though I have yet to catch any large fish using this method at night. Even though I now know from experience, cat fish to be apex predators I have yet to catch a Flatheads out of the Colorado river using this technique, yet all of the Flathead I have caught have come in on live bait or fresh dead in current.