Trolling for Blue Catfish?

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by TA2D, Jun 21, 2006.

  1. TA2D

    TA2D New Member

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    Does this work in your bigger lakes and reserviors? I have been fishing on Lake Superior, and caught some big lake trout this way, would this work with a cannonball rig?

    Aaron

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  2. jim

    jim New Member

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    That is an interesting idea and I'm sure it would work.Drift fishing is very popular right now and I dont see why suspending the bait up in the water column by virtue of downriggers wouldn't work as oppoed to bottom bouncing.I know in the winter the blues at Santee suspend right under the Menhaden schools as well as shad.You wouldn't want to troll very fast I wouldn't think.:smile2:
     

  3. TA2D

    TA2D New Member

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    I was thinking 1-3 knots, maybe 10 feet off the bottom.

    Aaron

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  4. WylieCat

    WylieCat Well-Known Member

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    Oh ya, it works!!

    I mix my lines up some. Some a few inches off the bottom, some further up. Most are caught within 12"-18" off the bottom, but I have taken them several feet off the bottom.
     
  5. TA2D

    TA2D New Member

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    Don't have a boat yet, and our big lakes hold flats for population control, think it would work for flats too? I think at Santee a setup like that would be killer!

    Aaron

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  6. catfishrus

    catfishrus New Member

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    i done a lot of trolling at santee when i was a kid for the bass. we caught more catfish on some days then bass. we always used rebel wee r's and bomer model a crankbaits. i remember one trip, that i caught a blue cat ever pass thru. got my biggest blue for a long time that day trolling. 19lbs. we never caught a flathead trolling. always blues and channels. maybe the flat relate to structure too much and there is plenty of that at santee, so a cannon ball wouldnt last 10 minutes at santee. i dont think your going to have much luck with the flats trolling but there is always the odd one.
     
  7. catfishslayer05

    catfishslayer05 New Member

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    Trolling always works for me i catch more big blues troling then letting my bait just sit there and wait.
     
  8. breadboy

    breadboy New Member

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    Are you tight-lining, lines straight down? Or trolling like in the ocean, some distance behind the boat. Thanks.
     
  9. BAM

    BAM New Member

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    Aaron, I caught a 13 lb flathead yesterday morning trolling for crappie. Was using a 200 series pearl bandit.
     
  10. lock52_fisherman

    lock52_fisherman New Member

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    I've had alot of luck trolling in the ohio river, it seems they bite better when the water is just a little choppy. I think they like the up and down motion with side trolling motion. I always troll over deep holes and then make a circle and troll it over and over again you aught to catch somethin your first few trips
     
  11. suddawg

    suddawg New Member

    Aaron, I just want to take this time to remind you that.........
    WE NEED A BOAT
    Can't wait to hit up Branched Oak and them flatheads.
    thanks

    Suds