Trophy Blue catfish in winter. Bottom fishing or Suspended??

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by Fishermancat1, Dec 6, 2017.

  1. Fishermancat1

    Fishermancat1 Member

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    During the winter when the blue catfish are getting big and there feeding habits slow down some....Will a big trophy blue catfish take a suspended bait or do they hit mostly baits fished on the bottom?

    Would like to see the responses of fisherman's biggest blue catches and if they caught them suspended or fishing the bottom in winter....
     
  2. twaskom

    twaskom Well-Known Member

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    I THINK that a bait just slightly up off the bottom is best for winter blues. When I think suspended, I am usually thinking drifting. I think anchored is best when the water is very cold (in the 40's). When I am anchored and fishing I usually have a float one foot above the hook with a 3 or 4 foot leader so the sinker sets on the bottom but the bait is held up slightly above the bottom. I am usually fishing river current so the bait given some movement.

    To me, the problem with drifting is not the height of the bait because I want it 1 to 2 feet off the bottom but rather the bait is moving too fast for the slower moving cats in cold water.

    Just my thoughts.

    tight lines
     

  3. Mac-b

    Mac-b Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

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  4. twaskom

    twaskom Well-Known Member

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    Thanks for the good thread link above Mac-b. A lot of experience shared in it.
     
  5. tuscan toadfish

    tuscan toadfish Active Member

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    I do just as Tom above, and for the exact same reasons.
     
  6. Fishermancat1

    Fishermancat1 Member

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    Thanks Mac-b for the link. Very informative!!
     
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  7. ASSASSIN

    ASSASSIN New Member

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    I fish on the bottom in the Winter, and as long as there is no wind blowing, the colder the better.

    The only lake I fish though, averages 95 to 140 feet deep, with the Wintertime blues average depth being 110 to 115 feet deep. They usually won't bite if the bait is more that 2 feet off the bottom, so I just keep it on the bottom...

    My preferred bait for these deep water blues is cut shad, and they will hit these faster than any other bait.
     
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