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Hey guys. New member here. Looking for some tips on where and how to fish for some big cats on the rivers. Unfortunately no boat for me, so I am really looking to hear from the dedicated shore fisherman. Anything will help as I've been skunked the last 2 times i went out. Thanks everybody. Cant wait to hear from you.
 

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Cory welcome to the forum I as well can't help I'm a 1,000 miles away lol but I hope someone closer can offer some hints and tricks. Out here the the cat fishing shut down in winter so I don't want to give no fluff lol good luck and tight lines
 

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Don't got a boat either myself but winter is a great time to fish. Usually I've found if I hook into something this time of year it's usually pretty big. Find the deepest water you can find really and cast out with any kind of cut fish (bluegill, skipjack, shad) doesn't matter as long as it's fresh or been frozen properly. Most important part for this time of year is patience. Blues are a lot slower this time of year so bites aren't going to be very quick. Deep holes are usually behind some (not all) wing dikes and the blues like to sit in the calmer water behind them. I'll find a stretch of river where I can access multiple wing dams in one outing and fish each one of them for about thirty minutes trying each part of the hole. May be more difficult this year due to the river still being way above normal stage however. But like I said the most important thing for this time of year is patience and hunting for the right hole. Once you find it, you'll know. Hope that helps and good luck man!
 

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Welcome to the USCA, I think you will like it here. I really can't help with any first hand information but if you are in the St. Charles area I met a guy while I was visiting there who bank fishes just up from the casino. He said it was low lying and muddy most times but he did quite well there. It appeared to me the MO. was fast moving so heavy weights and sturdy gear would be necessary I would think. Good luck.
 

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Im gonna try and get out in some cold weather thursday.

real cold.

like 40s

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Thanks for the replys everybody. Gonna get out this weekend and see if I can get into one. I have a spot on the missouri I've been eyeballing for a while.
My buddy said it best, "it's never too cold to fish until the water is frozen"! Some darn good information given above. I feel that the two biggest points to remember is deep and don't get in a hurry. Like everything else, fish move slowww in the cold. The lake I fish in (Smithville) is 50 -60 feet deep at the dam, and that's where I toss in. But where ever you fish, in the winter, flats are very hard to catch, or at least it has been for me.
 
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