Shallow waters at night - For Catfish

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by Catmaster, Feb 28, 2006.

  1. Catmaster

    Catmaster New Member

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    I think that the best place to fish at night is in the shallows. When the sun goes down alot of the plankton and bait fish come to the top and shallow water areas. Consequently this brings the flathead to the top and shallows. (just a little flat fishen basics for ya all.)
     
  2. pendog66

    pendog66 New Member

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    i agree, at the river i will always toss one pole in the shallows
     

  3. catfish joe

    catfish joe New Member

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    i agree also they come in close to the bank to feed i usually fish 5 to 10 foot off the bank
     
  4. pendog66

    pendog66 New Member

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    Steve will agree to this, one night at the GMR we were getting runs about 1 to 2 foot off the bank
     
  5. T-Bone

    T-Bone New Member

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    Yep. We fish Lake Tawakoni at night, and do well fishin' in 2-6' of water. Sometimes, I'll throw my bait off to the left of where we are set up. Just a few feet from the shore line and have picked up a few that way.
     
  6. JAYNC

    JAYNC Active Member

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    The river I fish, and where I fish it you could almost cast across it in most places, so I do all my fishing between 5-25 feet off the bank. very seldomly I cast in the middle, there is no structure there. All the structure is the log piles and snags right by the bank.
     
  7. ksutroubleii

    ksutroubleii New Member

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    I agree. The shallows are where it's at at night.
     
  8. Fry Guy

    Fry Guy New Member

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    Thanks for the input. I will start keeping one pole in close to the bank. Maybe I'll even get one this year;) since this will be the first year I will actually be targeting flathead.
     
  9. GrandpaGoneFishing

    GrandpaGoneFishing New Member

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    Got to agree with the shallows, Its got most all the good cover and bait fish.
     
  10. nuthinlikeacat

    nuthinlikeacat New Member

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    I've had my best luck in the shallows at night for cats, but also had more problems with turtles in the shallows.
     
  11. Ravensmavsfan

    Ravensmavsfan New Member

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    I'd be too scared to fish deep water at night anyways. lol
     
  12. FlatGetter

    FlatGetter New Member

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    I like the shallows, cause thats were the bait is, thats where the active cats is going to be at.
     
  13. BigCatSteve

    BigCatSteve New Member

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    Hey Nate too bad we missed alot of them.but you cant beat fishing the shallows at night,especially about 10-15 foot off the bank
     
  14. Sinker

    Sinker New Member

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    Them toothy boogers bout take all the fun out of fishin for us a lot of the time.Ya can't fish near the surface no matter how deep or shallow without taking a herd of them to raise! Until at least 10 or 11 pm. Gonna have to learn the depth finder better, so I can fish deeper structure early in the evening and switch over to shallows after the gar banquet. As for turtles, I've never had much trouble if I can keep the baits up off the bottom a ways.
     
  15. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    I fish a medium small river with an average depth of about 5 feet. Most of the river will be fairly flat sand, with a bit of a channel that goes to 8 to 10 feet along one bank, usually the outside bend (duh!). I almost always fish that channel. In other words, I'm still fishing the deepest water in the area, even in the middle of the night, BUT THE BAIT"S STILL WITHIN 15 or 20 FEET OF THE BANK. I do usually cast at least one bait out toward midriver, though, onto the sand in maybe 4 or 5 foot of water, in the open, on the sand. I have caught a few of my biggest fish out there, but the fish have to be on the move.

    Would you all suggest that I fish in the even shallower water on the opposite side of the river? Typically, one bank will have the bit of a channel that I usually fish (and this is the wooded side of the river, with doned trees and stumps for cover), while the other bank will be very shallow (1 to 4 feet) with a marshy, weedy edge. I just have a hard time feeling confident in just a couple of feet of water wtihout real cover.
     
  16. loanwizard

    loanwizard Well-Known Member

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    Since we are talking fish, maybe it's time for school! If you want to catch a fish you gotta think like a fish. Ok, I'm a flathead.... not a fathead a flathead. It is getting dark and I arise from my daylong slumber. I've been laying on the down current side of a log all day trying to get some rest out of the current. By Golly, I am hungry, I wonder if the drive through is open? I think I'll head to the head of the hole, stretch my tail a little and see if the current brings anything tasty down. Hmm... I am still hungry. Where them tasty baitfish at? I bet they're nosed up to some structure or hidin in the bushes. They can run but they can't hide for I am the supreme ruler of the water. Let's check that tree that comes in the water there. I think I see some fish hidin up there near the bank. Hey, look at that dummy shad, he's just out there thrashin around like it's nothing, I wonder if he's hurt... yup I smell blood! Dang I'm hungry! There he is, he doesn't even act like I'm here.... Bam! Got you you little bugger! Ouch What the H%$#!? There's a pain in my jaw! I'm gonna run away from here Dang that hurts! OWWWWWWW!!!!!!!!! What's that light?!!?!?!?! Elizabeth I'm coming to join you! NOOOOOOOOOO!!!!!!!!!!! it's a fisherman! What's he doing in the shallow, they usually plunk crap out in the middle!

    That's the life of a flathead. Luckily, this one was caught photo'd and released.

    Yes, Flatheads go shallow in the night.

    Shawn(OH)
     
  17. bj78

    bj78 New Member

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    That's freaking hilarious!!! LMAO!!
     
  18. alh942

    alh942 New Member

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    That is very good, I thought I was a Flathead there for a few minutes. LOL
     
  19. okiekrawler

    okiekrawler New Member

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    2 of the biggest flats caught in this area, 70 and 74 were caught in shallow water. if i am correct the biggest was caught off an unbaited trotline right on the bank of the river.
     
  20. JAinSC

    JAinSC Active Member

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    Very entertaining.

    We all know flatheads go shallow at times at night. (Although radio tagging/tracking studies show that they still spend as much time on the deep side of the river at night.)

    Does nothing to address my question. What is the highest percentage spot to fish? I basically have the choice of fishing deeper (8 to 10 feet) near cover or shallower (2 to 4 feet) without wood, just reeds and some pads. What would you do? I stay to the channels because they offer the fish more security and because the narrow shute of deeper water focuses the fish into a predictable area. The shallower stuff is big wide flats. Hard to feel like I'm focused there.