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Lake: Chatfield Reservoir
Fish: Blue Catfish

Last years Monster BLueKitty

Post By: Fish024      Posted: 2/20/2014 10:57:49 PM     Points: 85    
She lives! could have been a new start record if it was indeed a blue... If i woulda known it was a potential record i may have thought about killin her....only cause its a kat. ha anyway thought id share with everyone.... they are still out there just gotta find em...
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 2/20/2014 11:03:24 PM     Points: 78183
Are you sure that's a blue?
 Reply by: Fish024      Posted: 2/20/2014 11:05:39 PM     Points: 85
not at all.... ha kinda figured id stir it up see what the community thought...
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 2/20/2014 11:08:14 PM     Points: 78183
Looks like a big old channel to me man. Nice cat if you got him at chatty.
 Reply by: Fish024      Posted: 2/20/2014 11:18:27 PM     Points: 85
yeah i think your probably right. my only experiance with catfish is the one pictured here. my first my only. she certainly had a blue tint to her... at the point of time i wasnt concerned about the species i was just so thrilled i caught a catfish.. in all honesty i didnt know it was a pig.... seen pics of cats from bama and just assumed it was your everyday catch.. even if it was a channel this girl weighed over 25 lbs cause my scale only goes to 25lbs and she maxed it out. and forgot my tape measure but from the picture i guestimate her to be over 36 inches. man fish explorer needs a spell check i cant find my computers.......
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 2/20/2014 11:26:34 PM     Points: 65118
It's a nice channel cat. Congrats on the catch.
 Reply by: Fish024      Posted: 2/20/2014 11:32:24 PM     Points: 85
id like to point out to everyone im NOT extending my arms towards the camera as some do.... just sayin )
 Reply by: Willis138      Posted: 2/21/2014 1:47:59 AM     Points: 57
nice fatty channel
 Reply by: Catman1979      Posted: 2/21/2014 4:26:04 AM     Points: 570

That is a hog brutha. People usually freak out when they get a light blue channel, I have done so as well. To know next time what you need to look for check this out...

And thank you for lettin' her go, we all really appreciate that man. Looks like your a contender now, are you hooked on big cats yet?
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 2/21/2014 7:26:50 AM     Points: 1689
Nice channel cat.
 Reply by: Fish024      Posted: 2/21/2014 8:23:12 AM     Points: 85
Thanks! Yeah I'd say! I'm gonna be doing a lot more evening/night fishing this next summer. Going to get me a blue so I know the difference and would like too see a black bullhead land a flathead.
 Reply by: Dangly      Posted: 2/21/2014 10:21:49 AM     Points: 238
very, very nice cat, thanks for the release.
 Reply by: JOHN_COSprings      Posted: 2/21/2014 10:41:35 AM     Points: 640
Real nice catch & release cat there - hats off for returning her to swim again!
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 2/21/2014 11:24:48 AM     Points: 65118
1 - Channel on left and Blue on right.
2- Good side by side.
 Reply by: Catman1979      Posted: 2/21/2014 3:23:38 PM     Points: 570
Dear goodness Cooks!!!

That second picture looks amazing, perfect eating size.

I didn't harvest hardly any last year, but gonna get some this year now that I have that Mr. Twister!
 Reply by: cookster      Posted: 2/21/2014 3:44:33 PM     Points: 65118
Yes sir the perfect eaters. I found a after market blades for the mister twister that work great for bigger bone fish like cats and wiper and I use the stock blades for crappie and white bass. I can't remember the name of the blades but I'll dig them out and let you know.
 Reply by: Kolorado KingFisher      Posted: 2/21/2014 4:16:43 PM     Points: 82
Cookster those are some good looking cats...hard to find blues in CO, might those have come out of a lake in Prowers County? No need to supply the lake name, just curious.
 Reply by: El Jefe      Posted: 2/22/2014 6:51:41 AM     Points: 303
Congrats on the beautiful channel cat!
That one is a PIG for SURE!!!!!

There's nothing quite like hearing the drag of a reel scream when a monster like that takes the bait and makes a run.
(Wish they would make that sound into a bedside alarm-clock. That would get my lazy butt out of bed FAST)

P.S. Thanks for the release.
 Reply by: Catman1979      Posted: 2/22/2014 10:20:29 AM     Points: 570
Yeah, let me know Cookster. And thank you.

The original blades have a heck of a time on anything in the 24-26" category.

And no Kurt, it doesn't work like that. Some guy recorded the sound of a bell bite alarm, and used it as his alarm on his phone. By the end of the week he was done. He realized he had to work every morning he woke up to that hahaha.
 Reply by: JCricket      Posted: 2/23/2014 1:12:44 PM     Points: 1051
Anyone want to share their technique or secret to catching these monsters? I have to ever hook into a cat greater than about 17".

If you know how, and want to trade, I can show you how to get the walleyes at chatty.
 Reply by: Catman1979      Posted: 2/23/2014 1:15:21 PM     Points: 570
Really big live baits on big circle hooks, and use a really big sinker.

I know it sounds sarcastic but that more or less is the truth...

And a lot of patience.
 Reply by: JCricket      Posted: 2/23/2014 2:38:31 PM     Points: 1051
Big live baits? Like perch, bluegill, waterdogs?
Patience, like sitting in one spot all night?

Okay, what spot?
 Reply by: Fish024      Posted: 2/23/2014 3:19:48 PM     Points: 85
j cricket... u show me a good size walley ill show you this cats hole
 Reply by: El Jefe      Posted: 2/23/2014 6:45:08 PM     Points: 303
Like Buck (Catman1979) said, BIG live baits , BIG sinkers (so the bait doesn't swim off) and a lot of patience.
That's the key to BIG channel cats.

 Reply by: Catman1979      Posted: 2/24/2014 12:58:30 AM     Points: 570
Cricket, your name makes me think about that crack head priest guy on "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia", they call him Cricket. Funny show...

I won't get into a huge discussion on here, as I would like you to read the links I provided. They are longer articles, so figure about a thirty minute read...

Begginer: [log in for link]
Advanced: [log in for link]

Live bait can either be the "dead" kind, or a bait that is actually alive. For big boys, this can mean live bluegill, shad, or crawdads depending on were you are. The biggest flathead I have personally seen was caught by my buddy on a leech.

"Dead" live bait includes chicken liver, gizzard shad sides, cut bluegill, etc.

Although some say the really big guys can't be caught on chicken liver, I have got at least two that way.

As for "still fishing", you can fish that way but you are limited. It's going to be a fast bite, as the cats are probably just transitioning to there feeding grounds for that day/night, or going home to their hole.

If we don't have any action after about an hour, we move.

And I will gladly tell you where my catfish holes are! They are under that beautiful Pueblo moon :)
 Reply by: Fish024      Posted: 2/24/2014 1:05:48 AM     Points: 85
funny u say that catman... this beast was taken on a full liver

fluke? maybe.....
 Reply by: Catman1979      Posted: 2/24/2014 1:11:15 AM     Points: 570
Nah, no fluke. We had five minutes left before heading to dock one time. I got a big hit, missed it, and pulled up what was a piece of chicken liver the size of a quarter. I didn't want to waste time baiting up so I just tossed it out. The thing I guess wanted that tiny piece, hit it again, and I got a photo outta the deal :)

It just depends on where you are and all that jazz.

And a lot of luck...
 Reply by: Fish024      Posted: 2/24/2014 1:17:38 AM     Points: 85
yeah dude its like 90%luck even pros will tell you luck has a lot to with it
 Reply by: JCricket      Posted: 2/24/2014 6:19:47 AM     Points: 1051
I have missed far more walleye than I have ever caught. My chatty record is 22". I had Tightlines teach me where and how at chatty. I can show you the ropes, the catch is dependent on your skill in feeling the bite and setting the hook.

I believe it is possible to land 5lb'rs on virtually every trip, if you are good enough.

It'll be a few weeks, maybe 6-7 before I get to go to that spot on the lake, but I would be happy to show you if you are game for it.
JCricket(the small voice no one ever listens too)
 Reply by: Opry99er      Posted: 2/24/2014 9:19:58 AM     Points: 595
Beautiful cat, man... Thank you for the release.
 Reply by: Fish024      Posted: 2/24/2014 9:51:44 AM     Points: 85
Dude!! chattys my stomping grounds.... one of the toughest fisherys in the state in my opinion.... im game man... you show me the ropes with walley ill show u the exact spot i picked this pig up.... thats one species i cant seem to get a good hold on.
 Reply by: JCricket      Posted: 2/25/2014 5:40:57 AM     Points: 1051
Cool, I live about 8 minutes from the north boat ramp.
The issue with the walleye at Chatty is that they are lazy. They have tons of gizzard chad. The secret is to know what to present, how, and where. Then the skill is to feel the bite and know how to set the hook. I used to go out and catch maybe one. After I went with Nate, I usually catch 10 and miss fifty more. I can normally catch one keeper per trip.

I usually wait until the water is above 50 before I try to get the walleye.

We have a few weeks, obviously. I have a small boat. Would you have a boat?
This sounds like fun!!!!!
 Reply by: JCricket      Posted: 2/25/2014 5:51:03 AM     Points: 1051
hey fish024
ten.tsacmoc@4srelfeoh this is my email backwards
Shoot me a message and we can start getting times set up to do this

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