Slip Bobber Catfishing

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by EastBayPunk, Jan 11, 2007.

  1. EastBayPunk

    EastBayPunk New Member

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    Hi guys, I have been having problems hooking into Catfish. My friends and I went to Contra Loma reservoir in Antioch, California last weekend. Two of my friends have a float tube and were catching some catfish suspended from the bottom. I don't have a float tube, so I was fishing from a dock. I decided I would try a slip float rig so I could suspend my bait down to about 25 feet.My problem is that I would get hits where my bobber would bob down a couple times, and then it would just stop.. I was using chicken liver. I dunno if I should try something like Mackeral or what.. I justw anted these damn cats to take the bait and keep it down... any suggestions are appreciated.
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  2. F150Catfish

    F150Catfish New Member

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    well, I don't really use the float rigs, I use bottom rigs as slip sinker rigs. That how I caught alot of channel and flathead. well you should try other bait like nightcrawler, chicken heart, and livebait as minnow... or cutbait... well chicken liver still great bait so you have wait and let it on bottom for little while and get new fresh liver then back on bottom.. But I hope its help you. Good luck!
     

  3. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC, Craig I use a slip bobber rig all time, its a good rig for catfishing.
     
  4. EastBayPunk

    EastBayPunk New Member

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    Can you give me any tips? I can't get them to take the bait, they just wanna nibble. I've only tried chicken liver, so I think I am gonna give mackerel a go this weekend. We'll see how that goes.
     
  5. Hootowlc3

    Hootowlc3 New Member

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    If it is smaller catfish biting and you are fishing with liver , try a smaller treble hook.
     
  6. catfisher43

    catfisher43 New Member

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    welcome to the boc craig.
     
  7. EastBayPunk

    EastBayPunk New Member

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    Thanks for the welcome guys, i'm glad I stumbled upon this place.
     
  8. derbycitycatman

    derbycitycatman Well-Known Member

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    It could also be bluegill messing with your bait.
     
  9. EastBayPunk

    EastBayPunk New Member

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    It's funny, my friend caught a 4 lb trout last weekend on chicken liver. We were pretty damn shocked that a planted trout could be caught on chicken liver.
     
  10. neocats

    neocats New Member

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    As colder weather sets in you might want to downsize your bait also. Try some cut bait, because it is very possible that bluegills are your problem.
     
  11. KnotGillty

    KnotGillty New Member

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    First off, without getting long winded, using slip bobbers is an excellent tactic. 95% of the time you will want your bait to be within 1 - 3 feet of bottom. Put some split shot or a small sliding sinker about 18 inches above your hook. Keep adjusting the bobber stop until you find the right depth. If you are using a 'stand up' bobber, it will lay on its side if the weight is on bottom. When this happens move the bobber stop down a few feet and cast again. Keep doing this and you'll know you've hit the right depth for the bobber stop when the bobber goes 'viagra' on you and stands straight up instead of laying on it's side.

    Part of the challenge could be that you are using a slip bobber that is too big. Also, you want to use just the right amount of weight above your hook so that the bobber barely stays afloat. This 'neutral buoyancy' creates less resistance for the fish when it takes the bait. If the fish is feeling this giant bobber when he takes the bait, he will release your hook.

    If Liver isn't producing, try cut bait. Makerel is a great choice and is my go to bait. I rarely even use livers anymore. A filet of Makerel has many positives as you can cut the bait as big or small as you like, it stays on the hook really well, and is super oily. Just make sure you keep it on ice or else the sun will dry it out and make it mushy.

    Now go get some cats:big_smile:
     
  12. EastBayPunk

    EastBayPunk New Member

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    Awesome, thanks a lot for your help man. I will try all those tips this weekend. I'll let you guys know how it goes.
     
  13. shania

    shania New Member

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    Hey East Bay,
    I'm from your neck of the woods also and what the guys are telling you is what I would think also, "Bluegills"!
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    Oh Yea

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    (This is the Biggest & Best Fishing web-site on the internet. You are going to love this place) :wink:

    Take it easy,
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  14. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    I would try chicken livers, or cut bait.
     
  15. Karoake_katfish

    Karoake_katfish New Member

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    Welcome to the B.O.C Craig
     
  16. EastBayPunk

    EastBayPunk New Member

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    Well, this time out we didn't get one bite all day. But, I think that could be blamed on the unusually cold weather here. It was 27 degrees when we headed out in the morning, not exactly ideal weather. But I am not gonna give up.