Springtime Blues...

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by DH84, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. DH84

    DH84 New Member

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    Well the weathers starting to break here in eastern NC and the fish are changing up patterns, I havent done much springtime fishing for blues, we usually change over to striper after february but since ive had to move and the striper are not as much an option now i wanted to ask advice for catching them on the river..

    In the winter we have had good numbers from the deep holes but where can i expect the best blue fishing to be as the weather warms? I know in the summer we have caught them in as little as 2-3ft of water so do i target a midrange depth as it gets closer to summer? How about during different periods of the day.. morning, mid-day, afternoon and night time?
     
  2. rivercatsc

    rivercatsc New Member

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    Rob welcome to the BOC. What body of water are you fishing in NC? As far as rivers the fish in rivers with stronger current seem to always hang out in the deeper holes because it is a great ambush spot with a great current break. Try fishing above the hole and then in it and then below it to determine where the fish arefeeding at.
     

  3. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Rob welcome to the BOC.
     
  4. DH84

    DH84 New Member

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    Im fishing the cape fear, and during the winter months i've always had good success in deeper water, the blue in my avatar i caught 2 weeks ago but im just a little fuzzy on the springtime patterns for blues.... i believe the water is already plenty warm enough for the patterns to be changing, ive been seeing fewer bites every week in the deep areas so im curious what to expect from warmer weather..
     
  5. catfishbills

    catfishbills New Member

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    WELCOME to the BOC Rob!:wink:
     
  6. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    welcome to boc:cool2:
     
  7. mariofish

    mariofish New Member

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    nice blue good job:wink:
     
  8. rivercatsc

    rivercatsc New Member

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    I fish a river, Big Pee Dee River, that is almost identical to the cape fear and everytime in early spring the blues movevery close to the coast to start feeding on the incoming shad and herring. They will move upriver in huge droves following the bait so keep an eye out for them cuse April should be very hot action as they are starting to spawn. Fishing at night in the shallows is a great way to catch them in the spring.
     
  9. DH84

    DH84 New Member

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    Thanks river cat, sounds like just the advice i was looking for
     
  10. krowbar

    krowbar New Member

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    welcome to the BOC Rob
     
  11. cumberlandcat

    cumberlandcat New Member

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    I did good all winter and now they seemed to have vanished I have tried the shallows and the deep, I guess I will have to keep on trying.
     
  12. CATFISHERMAN001

    CATFISHERMAN001 New Member

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    In my experience the blues act just the opposite as the stripers. When the stripers are shallow the blues will be in the main channels deep and when the stripers return to the deep water the blues go shallow into the creeks and slues.