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God,family and friends-What else is there..................
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Remember the Ark was built by amateurs, the titanic by professionals.
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Fred, sorry buddy, but hey.....you could always come visit!
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Posted 30 May 2011 - 07:23 PM
Anyway, in my experience, nothing beats fresh cut bait. The local pond(s) I fish most around here that have big cats have an abundance of bluegill, so they tend to work out nicely. I've occasionally hooked them live on a slip-sinker rig, but unless you hook them just right and free spool (preferably with a clicker alarm reel!) they tend to die a bit more quickly than I care for. So, I tend to just cut to the chase (pun intended) and de-fin them after cutting them in half (or fourths) and bait up a nice 6/0 circle hook (or larger depending upon bluegill size) with the bloody chunks. I've also been playing around with Berkley Gulp Catfish Chunks this year as well. They seem to be pretty horribly rated on Cabela's website, but I've landed a few sizable cats on both the blood and chicken flavor; though they seem to favor the blood. To me, the Gulp Chunks may not be quite as effective as real chicken liver, but they stay on the hook way better. I've actually caught multiple fish on the same chunk and been able to throw them back in the bag for another day! So, in the long run, they're actually cheaper than real liver too.
Now, the above is generally for when I'm after the man-eaters. If I'm just looking to catch some more average-sized channel cats on a spinning rig, for example, night crawlers or dip bait seem to work (especially the crawlers). In general, I'd say I've just about the same amount of success fishing various baits under a big slip float (a.k.a. "bobber" ) as I have fishing off the bottom. Which I use is usually just a matter of whether I'm fishing a pond or a river. (Pond: Float. River: Slip Sinker. Usually, anyway.) Obviously, if it's a particularly windy day, I tend to avoid fishing floats regardless. On a side note: Sadly, jug fishing for cats isn't legal in my state. So, I've not had the pleasure. (Wish I had tried it when I was still living down south.)
Of course, we could also talk about times to go. I love to night fish for cats. To me, it's the best. They just seem to be most active. (Plus, since it's mostly a summer time affair for me, the temperatures are usually a lot nicer at night!) But, I've also gotten into decent ones around first light/early morning as well.
Eating... love them! Usually just cut in chunks and fried in batter. Of course, hot sauce is obligatory. I've never tried any other way to know if something else may be even better. Anyway... this topic could be deep enough to warrant a dedicated catfish forum. So, I'll quite before my fingers really start hurting.
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