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Title: Catfish
Post by: millwright on March 28, 2009, 12:24:01 AM
Most creeks, rivers, lakes and ponds have catfish. They are easy to catch and usually top-shelf dinner. You can use trot lines, jug lines and other passive methods to catch them. ***CAUTION!!! USING A ROD AND REEL MAY CAUSE HANGOVERS***    If you have a small pond they can be farmed for a regular harvest.
There are regional tips that should be shared.

"There is more than one way to skin a cat"
The difference between a catfish and lawyer??  --- one is a scum sucking bottom feeder and the other is a fish.

Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Rhino on April 21, 2009, 07:43:25 AM
Do you use the stink bait, or other traditional stuff like worms?
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: millwright on April 24, 2009, 11:29:28 PM
I normally use chicken livers, fresh if possible, the frozen ones don't stay on the hook as well. Cheese bait works well too, it can be kept in a cool place and wont go bad for quite some time. I've had the best luck with "Bills cheese bait" it comes in a mayo. jar. Use a piece of real sponge about the size of a grape, on a #2 gold shiner hook with a split shot about a foot above. Just dip it in the cheese and cast it and let it settle to the bottom. Use the same rig for livers. You can cut livers with a sharp knife and get several usable pieces out of one liver.
You will find that lake and river catfish don't have the muddy taste of farm raised fish.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: sphincter on April 28, 2009, 07:44:49 PM
I have done a fair amount of cat fishing. I agree that chicken liver is a good choice if you can keep it on a hook. I use a piece of ladies hose to hold the liver together and keep it on a hook.

In our area Flat Head, Blue, and Channel cats prevail. We use any kind of cut bait as a rule. I have found that in river or lakes that have fresh water supply that live bait works better on Flat Heads. Blues respond well to live or dead bait.

For live bait we use herring, crappie, and bluegills. We use the same for cut bait. We cut the bait fish across the gills and fillet one side about 3/4 of the way to the tail.

The size fish you catch sometimes correlates to the size bait you start with.

I also agree that river cats and freshwater lake cats are better table fare than pond or farm raised.

One thing about using bait or game fish for catfish bait is that you will be using food to fish with. In a survival situation this may not be good order. In a survival situation where every ounce of fresh protein could be critical, it may be better to go with the fish oil soaked fake bait. You can also use a mixture of cotton seed meal and grits mixed with sweet stuff and or fish oil to make a dough ball. Dough balls work well on trot lines and jugs since no casting is involved and the dough can be stuck on the tip of the hook. It will stay on the hook better this way than with casting.

Sphincter
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Louisiana Suvivor on May 13, 2009, 06:30:19 AM
liver works good but i've been able to catch the cat fish w/o bait. i've found a cove where they like to hang out and just dropped the hook in front of they're mouth. sad for them but it's good for me! LOL. you have way better chances if you have bait though.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: 2Caffeinated on May 13, 2009, 08:53:11 AM
What kind of water do catfish like?  I was thinking of stocking my pond with some.  The pond is fairly about 15' deep and 50'x30' around.  It gets a constant flow of fresh water 6 months out of the year.  I'm located in the Pacific NW.  How would catfish do in these conditions?
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: CHI_Survival on May 21, 2009, 07:36:27 AM
What kind of water do catfish like?  I was thinking of stocking my pond with some.  The pond is fairly about 15' deep and 50'x30' around.  It gets a constant flow of fresh water 6 months out of the year.  I'm located in the Pacific NW.  How would catfish do in these conditions?

catfish thrive in almost all enviroments
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: jenelia on May 21, 2009, 08:04:42 AM
Catfish (order Siluriformes) are a very diverse group of bony fish. Named for their prominent barbels, which resemble a cat's whiskers (though not prominent in all members of this order), catfish range in size and behavior from the heaviest, the Mekong giant catfish from Southeast Asia and the longest, the wels catfish of Eurasia, to detritivores (species that eat dead material on the bottom), and even to a tiny parasitic species commonly called the candiru, Vandellia cirrhosa. There are armor-plated types and also naked types, neither having scales. Despite their common name, not all catfish have prominent barbels; what defines a fish as being in the order Siluriformes are in fact certain features of the skull and swim bladder. Catfish are of considerable commercial importance; many of the larger species are farmed or fished for food. Many of the smaller species, particularly the genus Corydoras, are important in the aquarium hobby.
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Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: sludgy_nixer on May 21, 2009, 03:00:30 PM
you can always skip the bait and gear and just noodle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noodling) some into the pan...
it looks (http://www.youtube.com/results?orig_query=noodling&search_query=noodling+catfish&orig_query_src=4) fun, but after seeing some of the snapping turtles around here, not sure i have the marbles to try it!
back on topic though, chicken liver, stink bait, hot dogs, and small bait fish are what i've used the most.
did find some recipes (http://www.whiskerkitty.com/catfish_bait_recipes.html) for making your own bait.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: War_Eagle on November 09, 2009, 11:26:17 AM
When I first moved up North, a lot of my neighbors were horrified to find out that I love catfish. they honestly didn't even know it was edible.

Our farm is bordered on two sides by water, both of which are packed to the gills (no pun intended) with largemouth bass, striper, and catfish. When you can walk right out your back door and fish, you tend to fish a lot, and we do. In the summer time, we eat catfish about once a week, with some collard greens, butter beans, and hush puppies.

They're easy to catch, just a hassle to clean.

Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: sarahluker on November 09, 2009, 12:11:11 PM
Wow, you just got my mouth in super watering mode!!  It's funny how different the eating habits are in our country.  To me you just described a feast.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Dylboz on November 18, 2009, 11:51:06 AM
Do you use the stink bait, or other traditional stuff like worms?

In the Texas streams I fished in as a much younger man, my experience is that stink bait will let you just pull catfish out of the water all day long. It gets to where it isn't even fun anymore, 'cause it leaves no time for beer drinking.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: TexDaddy on November 18, 2009, 01:32:57 PM
When I first moved up North, a lot of my neighbors were horrified to find out that I love catfish. they honestly didn't even know it was edible.
Yankees.  ::)
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Spirit Wolf on November 23, 2009, 12:43:27 AM
I haven't been fishing since I was a kid (though I should give it another go now that I'm older and hopefully more patient) and it seems they about the only thing I ever caught. They will eat just about anything so its hard NOT to catch them.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: phargolf on January 03, 2010, 10:18:44 AM
Catfish and crappy are Southern steak! ;D We have a lot more catfish restaurants than steak houses! :D
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: luke on April 03, 2010, 12:24:48 AM
mmm catfish. I just finished organizing my new tackle box and sorting through my old gear...can't wait to get out fishing. Some of the best times I remember from high school were catfishing with friends late into the night, we usually used nightcrawlers and chicken liver, although recently, at the farm pond, we use whatever is available - hot dogs, old lunch meat, etc.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: LandShark on April 03, 2010, 06:01:07 AM
Up here on the Mississippi and backwaters stinkbait is the best way to pull our the lunker catfish.  Sometimes I get one on a leach but not nearly as much.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: jasperg357 on April 03, 2010, 06:50:41 AM
you can always skip the bait and gear and just noodle (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Noodling) some into the pan...

We call Noodling Grappling in this area, I have done it a couple of times when I was younger.  I believe drinking is required before you
do it are at least it should be. Plus you will also probably get to practice your first aid skills.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: War_Eagle on April 06, 2010, 10:16:04 AM
Catfish and crappy are Southern steak! ;D We have a lot more catfish restaurants than steak houses! :D

We live up in Yankeeville now, where the idea of a catfish restaurant is pretty unheard of. The only one I know of, the East End Cafe, in Newark, De, just closed a couple of weeks ago.

I remember in Birmingham, we used to have Catfish King and it was always a big deal with my parent would take us there.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Cool Blue on April 06, 2010, 11:19:27 AM
In my area of Ontario Canada a lot of people are turned off at the idea of eating catfish but I know a lot of people who do it.  Often it's cooked in beer batter.

They don't get very big up here; average 6 inches or so.

On how to clean it, my buddy would slice the skin behind and around the head, slice open the underside, then grab with two fingers from each hand and pull.  He would take off the head and guts with one pull.  We timed him once and he could clean a fish in under 6 seconds.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: phargolf on April 06, 2010, 07:45:50 PM
We live up in Yankeeville now, where the idea of a catfish restaurant is pretty unheard of. The only one I know of, the East End Cafe, in Newark, De, just closed a couple of weeks ago.

I remember in Birmingham, we used to have Catfish King and it was always a big deal with my parent would take us there.
My total sympathy! :'( I'll eat an extra hushpuppy friday night in your honor. ;D
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: OKGranny on April 06, 2010, 10:44:06 PM
If only they had crappie restaurants. That's my favorite freshwater fish to eat.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: jasperg357 on April 22, 2010, 05:16:33 PM
Here is a photo of some of the catfish we caught in Lake Marion Santee Cooper Sc. The one on the end weighed 44 lb.
First time trying to post a picture hope this works.
(http://img16.imageshack.us/i/p3230027.jpg/)
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: jasperg357 on April 22, 2010, 05:29:23 PM
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Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: jasperg357 on April 22, 2010, 05:47:52 PM


Success?????
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Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: jasperg357 on April 22, 2010, 05:54:51 PM
Larger image, I think I have the hang of it now.

(http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/3295/p3230027.jpg)
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: phargolf on April 22, 2010, 08:47:51 PM
Makes an old southern boy proud!!!And hungry! :D
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: millwright on May 09, 2010, 08:27:53 PM
We were finishing a generator install at a house on Lake Conroe yesterday. Threw out a couple of lines with cheesebait...
Wrapped up the job and cooked mustard battered catfish, hush-puppies and fries for the homeowner. He bought beer and supplied pot and burner and oil.
Next time we work there, the boat will be in the water he said.
His wife thought we were the best plumbers around.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: tbharris09 on May 10, 2010, 01:19:01 PM
I used to catfish all the time but have been to busy the last few years.  I should make some time to take my dad out and see if we can catch any.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: TMUSCLE on May 17, 2010, 01:46:52 PM
Larger image, I think I have the hang of it now.

(http://img16.imageshack.us/img16/3295/p3230027.jpg)

I could go for some of that right now!  Hush puppies, with either fried or grilled catfish with some black beans!  MMM...people have been pulling straight hosses out of the tail race canal for years now!
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: dep190 on June 01, 2010, 02:44:43 PM
In Ohio The State posts a warning about how much fish such as catfish you should eat from certain waters!
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: JoshRonin on June 05, 2010, 09:20:18 AM
As a kid, I liked fishing for catfish more than anything.  I think part of it was the fact that my buddies and I could goof off and still catch some good sized fish.  Would ride our bikes across town with poles in hand, go into the store and buy chicken livers then ride to our spot.  Thinking it over that was probably about a 6-7 mile bike ride with bait, tackle and pole in hand.  Those where fun times, am trying to find the time to take my own kids out now and do it some more.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Oakie on June 15, 2010, 03:42:14 PM

I'm about to add fishing to my activities and I admit I dread cleaning the first few. 
Anyone aware of any 'how to' videos?   I know nothing!

Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: JoshRonin on June 18, 2010, 03:43:30 AM
You can find plenty on Youtube.  Here is one for catfish.

How to Fillet a catfish (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edsJOuwcRKg#normal)
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Oakie on June 21, 2010, 01:49:55 PM
Thank you, that is one of the better ones.  That is a good sized cat!   I've viewed dozens of utube videos but still have some questions.  None show how they killed the fish and I am assuming I want to keep them alive until time to clean them.
Thanks again.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Docwatmo on June 21, 2010, 02:21:08 PM
I always just drove a knife down into their skull right before I cleaned them.  I know lots of people who just clean em alive, but even for fish, I just thought that was a little bit cruel.  I'm not a squeamish person at all, i'm the guy with his hands in the fish worms worming everyones hooks and then eating sandwiches.  That kind of thing never bothered me.  But I just felt a little guilty if I don't at least try to end their life as quickly as possible.

As far as that goes.  There is a V just at the top of their skull.  A knife penetrates that pretty easily between the two upper skull plates.  Seems to dispatch them rather quickly. (not much flopping around after that).



Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Oakie on June 21, 2010, 02:58:52 PM

Thank you, I prefer a quick kill.  I see no reason to make anything suffer.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: BatonRouge Bill on June 27, 2010, 10:53:55 PM
In March and April I like to go jugging at night. I spraypaint 20 oz coke bottles tie 3' of 200 lb braided line to it and add a small sinker hook and a piece of chicken gizzard and just toss them adrift in the center of the river. When ever you see a jug head for the bank you just go grab it and hang on! Might be a catfish, a goo, or an alligator gar! My preference is the gar, but 70-80% catfish. Most I ever caught was 300 lbs on 50 jugs. Along with 2 cottonmouths and a couple wasp nests and Japanese writing spiders in the low hanging Cyprus branches. Bull frogs are also a nice by product if the fish aren't biting.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: steeltownknight on June 28, 2010, 08:29:39 PM
I have caught more Catfish on a YO YO reel  then any other technique.

I throw out the lil automatic yo yo, with a piece of "old" hot dog. and.... I always have fish or two by the time I am done setting up camp.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: BatonRouge Bill on June 28, 2010, 08:41:31 PM
I have caught more Catfish on a YO YO reel  then any other technique.
I throw out the lil automatic yo yo, with a piece of "old" hot dog. and.... I always have fish or two by the time I am done setting up camp.
They are really are nice and effective with almost no effort which is why I have 4 in my bob! ;D One of the main reasons I like jugging is I can catch a years worth of catfish in a weekend then readdy the butterfly nets for shrimp season. Well not this year for the shrimp. hopefully next year.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Morgan96 on July 05, 2010, 06:24:05 AM
The boys and I went out catfishing with a guide on Lake Keystone last year.   We caught 80 lbs of catfish in a few hours, as we had to get off the lake due to thunder and lightning.  Other friends who have used this guide have caught up to 300 lbs of catfish at one time.   Below are his recommendations for best catfish bait.

http://www.catfishing.tv/Main/tips-section/TipsSection.html (http://www.catfishing.tv/Main/tips-section/TipsSection.html)

1. Shad  & Skipjack
2. Grasshoppers
3. fresh water herring
4. Perch
5. crappie
6. crawfish
7. worms

This is a fellow that fishes for catfish year round.  Insists that store-bought and frozen baits are a waste of time except for trot lines or juglines, and refers to fresh-caught shad as "catfish candy".  On our trip, he caught all the shad by handcast net before we set out.  The shad were kept in a live well as we fished. This  is not a promo for this fellow's guide service, only that his website has a lot of catfishing information from a guy that does this for a living...

Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Huckleberry on September 27, 2011, 08:15:13 AM
Another interesting bait choice that I've used in years past was a couple of cut up hot dogs, put in a jar of cherry juice, and left out in the sun for a day.  Big warning with this one, if you're using this bait, keep your hands away from your mouth, eyes, etc.  You run the risk of growing some botulism in that jar.

With that warning out of the way, I was pulling them in as fast as I could bait the hook.  It worked extremely well.  I assume it has to do with the combination of red coloring, the sweet taste and smell of the cherry juice, and the sheer nastiness of hotdogs that have gone bad in a jar full of sugary sweet water.  From my experience, catfish love anything that's disgusting.

As an additional comment to the "how to kill them" question, I usually keep a hammer handy.  It sounds brutal, but a well placed whack to the top of the head, near that "V" region, seems to put them out.  For the bigger ones, it's taken a few strikes.  I don't particularly love that method, but I've had issues with trying to kill them with a knife through the V as someone else suggested. I'm an advocate for a quick kill on any game.

The first big catfish I'd caught in quite a while was an adventure.  It had been 10 years or more since I'd even assisted in cleaning a catfish.  I had been cleaning panfish recently, and a few trout, but nothing like the cat.  For you guys that catfish often, you know these guys don't go down easily.  I've seen them live in truck beds for an entire summer day, it's ridiculous.  Point being though, I tried to just throw a heavy knife to the back of the fish's head and separate the head from the body, just like you would with a panfish/zombie.  Yeah... that doesn't work so well with a big cat, not really even with a smaller cat.

Needless to say, here I am, 3am in the 'burbs trying to take down a fish half the size of me so I can get the thing skinned, sliced, and in a bag and having a terrible time with it.  I've got neighbor's driving by who were probably thinking I was performing some kind of crazy ritual in my driveway, sacrificing an animal.  I tried getting to the brain from underneath, cut everything but the spine and the large "shoulder" bone, the thing just wouldn't give up.  It was likely just nerves still going, but the movements were awfully responsive, so I couldn't rule out that the thing was still kicking. The whole time, I'm just trying to kill the thing and get this overwith and I'm apologizing to the fish, apologizing to God, and just apologizing in general.  It was a terrible evening.

It made for a delicious Father's Day dinner for my dad though, so it worked out.

So, like I said... I keep a hammer handy now. But that's just my method.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Arie on September 28, 2011, 08:42:04 AM
My #1 fishing buddy is my Dad, who taught me from the get go that if you're planning on releasing a fish, you need to be extra careful with it, and if you plan on keeping and eating the fish you need to be extra quick with the kill.  I was taught that watching anything suffer is inhumane and I should be ashamed.

Which is why Dad made me a "Fish Bonker"!  It's basically a rubber mallet (weighted hammer like thing, I may not be calling it by the right name) with grips wrapped around the handle.  The instructions are to lay the fish belly down on the ground far enough from the water it won't squirm away.  Then put a rock under it's "chin" (it has to be bigger/wider than the fish's head), dry off my "Fish Bonker" hand (so I don't slip and drop it I'm assuming?) and give it a big strong bonk on the head.  "Like you mean business!"  (my dad says)

Honestly? I've never done it.  I can't.  I mean, I'm sure I can, but it's better (aka easier and less gross) for me to just bat my eyelashes and say "Daddy? Will you bonk the fish for me?"

(He made me promise by the time I'm 30 that I'll be able to bonk them myself.  Sadly, 30 is right around the corner and I'm not closer to being ready to do it myself!)
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Huckleberry on September 28, 2011, 10:12:17 AM
Arie-  Sounds like your dad uses my method.  I like it.  I don't have a special "bonker" though, it's just whatever hammer happens to be closer.  It's really not as bad as you'd think, and if you do it right "Like you mean business!" it's quick and easy.  Be sure to keep a foot on it's back though, or find some way to secure it, or you'll just slide your "bonker" off the side of the fish and do damage, as opposed to getting the quick kill.

Something I would like to add though, is that I generally wait to kill the fish until I'm ready to clean it.  I'll keep it in a basket, on a stringer, or in a livewell if on a boat so that it's just hanging out in water, breathing and living.

I don't know the exact issues you'll run into, but I've read that bacteria begins to grow on the fish as soon as you remove it from the water.  I like to minimize the bacterial growth by keeping the thing in water, and alive, until it's ready to be cleaned.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: nkawtg on September 28, 2011, 03:48:22 PM
(http://static.rcgroups.net/forums/attachments/1/6/0/1/3/t2970114-66-thumb-drooling-homer-simpson.jpg?d=1262644239)YUMMM  CATFISH
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: mobilus on September 28, 2011, 07:46:03 PM
I have caught more Catfish on a YO YO reel  then any other technique.

Regrettably, YoYos are illegal in the state of Texas...that said, a good limber sapling cut with a Y at the end on which to secure the line is a pretty good substitute.  Stuck in the bank and angled out over the river, it is really exciting to hear that pole slapping the water when you're approaching.

I love catfish!  I grew up catching and eating them, and I think that a farm pond filled with them is a definite bug-in necessity if at all possible!
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on April 11, 2012, 02:08:28 PM
We love catching catfish. Its one of our favorite fish to eat and they are so much fun to catch. We actually get more fish using night crawlers than about anything else, its all about how to rig them. Using a slip sinker rig with about 2' of leader, a large hook, and several worms knotted and balled on the hook with get you a hit every time. During the day you get large bass sometimes too, and even really large bluegill. I just sink it to the bottom, just, outside of what I believe to be the deepest hole in the lake or pond.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Dawgus on May 17, 2012, 11:12:46 AM
Mrs and I have been going out a lot for cats in the past week and a half. She's never fished for them before, or eaten one, so her first 3 pounder was new to her in both aspects. She's totally hooked. (pun intended lol) She left work a little early yesterday to go again.  ;D Now we're scheduling Friday and Saturday night to go. She still won't bait her own hook with nightcrawlers, and I get a big "HELL NO" when it comes to handling stink baits, but she loves to go and that's enough for me.

 I locked into a big one on Monday night. At the time, (1am) I misjudged it's weight, but I'm guessing it was a good 12-15lb fish. I saw it a foot from shore as it rolled before breaking 12lb test, and it was as long as my arm. Now I'm determined to find it (or it's equally sized siblings) this weekend.  ;)
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Freebirde on May 17, 2012, 08:20:39 PM
If only they had crappie restaurants. That's my favorite freshwater fish to eat.

I haven't checked since they changed the lake fishing regs, but the restaurants around Reelfoot Lake sold crappie.   For those of you who don't know, Reelfoot is in the NW corner of TN and allowed commercial fishing of crappie to thin them down and improve size.

I found that if you put the shaft of a treble hook through a cotton ball, that it will hold cheese and stink baits better.   There are some fishers that blur the line between dough, cheese, and stink baits in combonations that they form on hooks then freezing them.      I have been thinking of trying a fishoil gelcap as bait, the hook's point and barb inside the gelcap.   
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: mobilus on May 20, 2012, 08:56:56 AM
I have been thinking of trying a fishoil gelcap as bait, the hook's point and barb inside the gelcap.

That reminds me of a practice done long before all the commercially available fish attractants we have now: Some folks would spray WD-40 on their bait...probably not the most environmentally conscious thing in the world, but it supposedly worked for the same reason - fish are attracted by sense of smell.

That might be one good idea...I'll have to try it.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on May 20, 2012, 11:32:32 AM
That reminds me of a practice done long before all the commercially available fish attractants we have now: Some folks would spray WD-40 on their bait...probably not the most environmentally conscious thing in the world, but it supposedly worked for the same reason - fish are attracted by sense of smell.

That might be one good idea...I'll have to try it.

That is highly illegal in most states.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: mobilus on May 21, 2012, 04:37:22 PM
That is highly illegal in most states.

Using fish oil is illegal?

Oh, re-reading my post I can see where you might think that I was refering to trying WD-40.  I was referring to Freebirde's idea on fish oil gel caps, not the WD-40.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: luke on May 21, 2012, 09:33:42 PM
caught my first catfish (plural) of the season on saturday! We caught several large largemouths and some bluegill and crappie, then I put out my junky pole with 20lb line and a bell when it got dark, stuck it in a hole in the dock and went to help clean some fish. Heard the bell, caught a nice sized channel cat. Put him on the stringer and then caught another one! It swallowed hook line and sinker, so I released the one on the stringer and kept that one. Caught one more before calling it quits but let him go too. I was using chicken liver. My friend saw my success so he grabbed his pole and some liver and hooked one but it broke his 6lb line, heh heh heh.

There were millions (it seemed like) bass minnows swimming around right by the dock, and the bluegill were protecting their nests. It was a pretty fun evening.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on May 28, 2012, 03:57:41 AM
Went night fishing with the wife. Caught this momma channel cat that was about ready to pop. First time I have caught one full of eggs. She was released just after the pic was taken.

(http://i1126.photobucket.com/albums/l618/SteveandTracyinKY/photo.jpg)
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Dawgus on June 22, 2012, 10:36:00 AM
I've been KILLING the cats the last few nights. 19 on Wednesday night and 27 last night. Only 6 were worth keeping each day, but I still had a blast.

 Some guys at the lake taught me this rig http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vgGxTJwz1II It works GREAT for cats with a ball of nothing but oats, creamed corn, and a little white bread. You don't bait the hook with it, but bait the "hair" below instead. You want a ball that breaks down fast. As it does, the cats (and carp) will come in to feed. As they do, they'll chomp at bits and pieces in the water, and take the hook. I've found that using this and putting a few pieces of corn on the hook itself gets them REALLY well.

 Last night, a quick storm rolled through, and it made fishing with these almost impossible. The wind was so strong that no matter what weight I used, it blew the line away from the bait. It was REALLY windy, and started to rain, and I switched to plain old store bought stink baits. (chicken blood). WOW.....nearly every cast got me a fish or a big hit. I planned on coming home sometime between 1 and 2am, but ended up staying till 4 since they were hitting so great.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Dawgus on July 09, 2012, 06:01:08 PM
It sure wasn't me, but this beast was caught yesterday on North Reservoir here in NE Ohio. That is a MONSTER fish for an inland lake, especially here! Of course, it's one of 2 lakes that have no fishing spots at all from shore. MANNNNNN I need a boat! 53lb channel cat!

(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg154/JudasButcher/53lb_channel_cat_East_Reservoir.jpg)


Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: SteveandTracyinKY on July 09, 2012, 11:23:24 PM
It sure wasn't me, but this beast was caught yesterday on North Reservoir here in NE Ohio. That is a MONSTER fish for an inland lake, especially here! Of course, it's one of 2 lakes that have no fishing spots at all from shore. MANNNNNN I need a boat! 53lb channel cat!

(http://i247.photobucket.com/albums/gg154/JudasButcher/53lb_channel_cat_East_Reservoir.jpg)




Quick!! To the lake!!

That is a massive fish. I spend hours and hours watching lines hoping for just that.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Huckleberry on July 13, 2012, 08:28:48 AM
Dawgus-  Not to be too picky, but I do believe that's a Flathead.  The green color, and shape usually give them away.  However, if I'm wrong, and it's a channel, that gentleman may want to consult the OH record books.  The current record in OH is 37, almost 38 lbs.  Which is a MONSTER channel, you generally don't catch them much over 10-15lbs, and even those are fairly hard to come by.  I think the world record is something like 58lbs.

That is a beautiful, beautiful monster though.  I'd love to hook up with one of those beasts.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Dawgus on July 13, 2012, 05:48:17 PM
Good call Huckleberry. You're right, it was a flathead. That's what I get for posting after an exhausting work day.  ;D

 It's such a shame that the fish washed up dead 2 days later. Several people reported that it was out of the water for over a half hour with the rush to the bait shop and picture taking. What a tragedy. It takes a looooong time for an old boy like that to grow to that size.  :(
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Huckleberry on July 14, 2012, 06:30:24 AM
No worries, I hate correcting people with a passion, but I've had some experience with trying to identify a fish and finding misleading information.  Didn't want someone to stumble on this post and toss back a record breaker without getting it checked.

Maaaaaannn, that is a shame.  I've got no problem with him killing it if he was going to eat it, but just dying off like that is a waste.  Hopefully he'll take some precautions in the future to keep those monsters alive.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Freebirde on July 31, 2012, 12:06:44 PM
Yesterday while my wife was swimming at the lake I took some old bread to feed the fish and ducks off the end of the dock.   This dock was next to the boat ramp where people launched their boats to enjoy the lake.    As I tossed pieces of bread on the windward side of the dock I noticed most of the ducks hanging back and no bream eating the bread.   Noticing a large swirl I watched to see if it was a carp or maybe a bass in ambush of a bream.    I saw a fish that was too dark to be a carp and didn't act like a bass.    I saw two channel catfish about a foot and a half to two foot long.   They would attack the feet of any duck that went into their feeding area, including a hen duck with six ducklings.   They weren't big enough to have eaten the ducklings, but the momma and little ones left the area with haste.   No, my fishing gear was in my truck and we were in her car.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Dawgus on July 31, 2012, 06:30:52 PM
For reasons unknown, I've gone catfishing crazy this year.  ;D I've been going out every day from 4:15-4:30 until 6:30 before work; Saturday nights from 8-1 or 2 am, then back out on Sunday mornings from around 4am till normally 9 or 10. I've yet to catch anything of size, but I catch a LOT in the 2-6lb range.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: ksdon on January 20, 2013, 08:08:00 PM
I grew up on a creek , you fish them a bit differently than a pond or river.
On shallow creeks a lot of folks look for deep holes to catfish in ,  I look for anything knee deep or so . Ive caught big blues in water just over a foot deep , and like to toss my line near washed out root balls  or hole in the bank . Bait was always what ever jumped in or was in the water while walking down the bank . A cat fish (flathead, channel, blue) is a hunter not just a scavenger they will take prey thats natural to them  far before they will take liver or stink bait .
frogs, minnows, grasshopper, helgamites. bluegill, even mice work well, freshwater mussels and of course crawdads.
    Now if your going to fish with chicken livers get a can of sadines packed in oil , drain the oil into the livers and it will improve your chances of catching decent fish, you can eat the sardines as a snack while ya fish.
    Use a bobber  bait sitting on the bottom is more likely to catch bullhead or turtles , good eating cats like channel or blues tend to hunt their whiskers pick up bio-electrical signals to track down crayfish and live bait .Watch a school of catfish in a clear water way some time they hover a couple feet off the bottom and skim it when the pick up a bait fish or crayfish below them.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: Docwatmo on January 22, 2013, 07:08:03 AM
I've caught the best cats on a rig with floating hook or with a float near the hook and the weight a foot or two above the bait (Kind of like a Carolina rig).   This keeps the bait from 4 to 10 inches off the bottom.   Keeps the bullheads and sucker/carp off the bait.
Title: Re: Catfish
Post by: rikkrack on January 22, 2013, 07:24:04 AM
Wanting to do more fishing this year as added to my 13. So flagging to see updates.
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