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post Jun 16 2009, 04:18 AM
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New to fishing for big river cats and we have just been using small bluegills on the bottom. Is there something else we should try? like using a bluegill head or cut the fish open?


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post Jun 16 2009, 01:35 PM
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We usually fish the river with goldfish or pond perch. Have had a lot of success with both, but to me the best thing to use is cut up skipjack. I will warn you it smells horrible but big blue cats seem to love it at times. It will also make whatever it touches have a smell too. I have used Catalpa worms too. The smaller cats love them and you will catch a lot more smaller cats with that. How do you normally fish it? Do you tight line or trot line?


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post Jun 16 2009, 03:02 PM
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ok, this is my favorite summer hobbie.... BIG river cats.

The #1 way i catch big one is simply using chicken livers. What i will do is buy a small thing of livers and a packet of strawberry jello. i dump one packet of the jello into the liver and let it set in the fridge overnight. I know that sounds ridiculous but i usually experiment with different things and this works SOOOO good. I'll rig my line up with a really heavy sinker at the end and then about 1 and a half foot up the line i'll fix a hook to the line. usually one of the hooks that are already tied to a seperate string. That way you can just loop it around your main line where you want it. take you boat out to the middle of the river at the deepest spot and just turn it off and drift with your bait just bouncing off the bottom. I have caught some big ones this way. Good luck.


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post Jun 16 2009, 03:19 PM
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i use to live on the ohio river and the best bait that i have found to hook up with the river monsters was cut skipjack next best bait BIG CREEK CHUBS... live or curled and smashed..

i have caught alot of BIG CATS on these baits..
livers or a good bait but to many drum in the ohio love the livers aswell. but hey there a blast to fight too.. wink.gif
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post Jun 16 2009, 05:01 PM
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where do you guys get skipjack from?


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post Jun 16 2009, 05:32 PM
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I usually get mine from Vidailia, Lousianna or Venice, Lousianna. I drive down there and get it. Some bait shops carry them. I usually get fresh ones when I go to Venice..


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post Jun 16 2009, 07:15 PM
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we catch skipjack out of the ohio river on small fly lures..
take a bobber and put it a couple feet above your lure throw it into school of shad the (skipjake hang out under the shade) reel in your lure while popping the small bobber..

you can tie 2 or 3 flies to your line and catch a few at a time that way..

use light weight line and rod ( i call skipjack minnie tarpon) they are a blast to catch, they fight hard and jump alot..

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post Jun 16 2009, 08:44 PM
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It depends on the species of catfish your targeting. If you are after Flathead catfish, a live bait is the best. I use a live bluegill about the size of my hand or live carp or shad 4-6 inches works good too. Flatheads rarely eat dead rotten baits. I know that may seem big, but a big catfish will eat that and not think twice about it. If you havent ever seen a big cat up close, you will understand once you catch one. Their mouths can easily fit blue gills, crappie, small bass, other small catfish and even ducks in them. I like a bait the size of my hand simply because they last longer on the hook. Make sure you use a good clean bucket and a aireator to keep your live bait lively too. Fresh, live bait is usually the best, but channels and big blue cats do like fresh cut bait too. Of course chicken livers and worms work great also. Dont buy into the stink baits and stuff. They do work, but contrary to what many catmen believe, catfish tend to prefer fresh bait over rotten dead bait. Plus the smell of that stuff can linger for days. Make sure you got a good, beefy rod and real, with a pretty strong line. I prefer a braided line, lost too many nice ones on monofiliment and that was after playing the fish for awhile. I highly recomend Gamagatsu Octopus Circle hooks. They are stout, and if your patient, there is no need in setting the hook like Bill Dance. Essentially, the hook is designed to be a self setting hook, so yanking on the pole at the moment of truth can actually pull the hook out of a cats mouth. If you fish any back water areas, try a big slip float bobber and rig it so that your bait sits just a foot or two off the bottom. Use a net if you can, but when you do, make sure you use one hand on the handle, and one hand on the hoop when lifting a fish out. I had a 47 pounder bust the hoop part once when I was getting him out. If ya can pick up this book, its a great source for catfishing and you will learn a great deal. Everything from baits, rigs, to recipies. One side note, dont stick your hand in a big channel cats mouth and I spect the blue cats are the same. Their jaw structure is much different than that of a Flathead. Channels will clamp down on your hand like its stuck in a vise while some one is tightening it ohmy.gif Here are some websites and stuff to check out too

http://www.amazon.com/Fishing-Catfish-Chan...r/dp/0865730792

http://www.katmasters.com/

http://www.catfishconnection.com/

I used to hate catfishing and would only fish for bass, that was untill I tore into a big cat on accident once. Catching big bass just isnt the same anymore. And yes, these were all caught on rod and reel

My personal best 47 pounds
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40 pounder I got less than a week later
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35 pounder
http://i167.photobucket.com/albums/u141/ca...eyhunter/35.jpg

Caught these two with in 5 minutes of each other. The big one went 40lbs and while unhooking it, my second rod had the smaller 20 pounder on it.

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Smaller fish, but a nice 14 pound channel cat
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My old roomate with a 50 pounder
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My dad with a big fish, Im sure it was 40+ pounds
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You asked about bait. You wont get the amount of bites you would with liver, but when you do get a bite, you better be ready cause its going to be a for real bite

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post Jun 16 2009, 09:12 PM
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post Jun 16 2009, 09:32 PM
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We use pork cutlets from a local butcher on a circle hook. Super cheap fatty scrap of meat. We usually chum them with corn. May catch some carp in the process but they put up a good fight also.

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