Weird day of catfishing

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by cantstopgrandma, Aug 24, 2009.

  1. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    Me and the wifey took off thursday to do some catfishing. Had a little luck in the morning, but didn't set the world on fire. Put a few in the cooler with the chicken livers. After lunch we decided to throw some spinners for white perch. After a couple of perch, my little rod doubled over and when the fish surfaced i could see it was a nice channel cat. Now i've caught a couple of cats here and there on these spinning lures (similar to mepps), but thursday we did better with the spining lures than with bait. Caught a couple of nice 18 inchers and some a little smaller. They sure put up a good fight on 8lb test line.

    Anybody else have a similar experience? Maybe i haven't had good luck with the channels lately because they're in the shallows chasing smaller fish!!
     
  2. CatHunterSteve

    CatHunterSteve New Member

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    I was thinking maybe you were catching suspended fish and might ort to try a catbobber or equivalent to target suspended fish. Were your bites comming from the shallow water of after you got into deeper water off of the shallows?
     

  3. stoney53

    stoney53 Well-Known Member

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    i've caught them in both shallow and deeper water using red/white dare devil spoon, the 1st time it happened it really surprized me they would hit any lure as i thought cats had rather poor eyesite and found food more by smell
     
  4. SGTREDNECK

    SGTREDNECK New Member

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    I have caught a few cats while fishing with lures. The first time I was really surprised as well. Good luck
     
  5. brother hilljack

    brother hilljack New Member

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    It has not happened to me, but it sure sounds like fun! Congrats
     
  6. Jollymon

    Jollymon Well-Known Member

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    Matt i bet it did surprize u to catch cats on spoons ,bet they where fun to catch too
     
  7. cantstopgrandma

    cantstopgrandma New Member

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    Bites were coming right up near the marsh grass probably in 2 feet or less of water. Pitch the spinner up to the edge of the marsh, let it sink a second, then start reeling. Like i said, i've caught them on this particular lure before, but its usually only a couple in a day, not a bunch in an hour.
     
  8. colten

    colten Member

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    I have caught cats on crappie jigs while fishing for crappie. They will eat just about anything.
     
  9. rmoberly

    rmoberly New Member

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    A lot of fun to hook a nice pan channel when tube jigging for crappie. Nice fight.
     
  10. JoeDaCatKing

    JoeDaCatKing New Member

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    you aint kidding when i go fishing in my local waters for anything but catfish guess what i end up catching? Its like there following me man...like there mad cause im trying to catch a bass
     
  11. kitsinni

    kitsinni New Member

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    I caught a 14.5lb blue on a small swimbait bass fishing once. That was a heck of a surprise.
     
  12. festus

    festus New Member

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    Early this past spring I fished quite a bit for yellow bass, white bass, crappie, and sauger. Almost every outing I caught a small catfish between 12" to 18" on either twister tail grub jigs or tube jigs. I saw a fellow catch about a 12 lb. channel on a big 5" wildeyed shad plastic swimbait fishing for striper earlier this year. They sure like bass plastic worms also. But I don't remember catching one on a spoon, Roostertail, or spinnerbait.