Post By: Fish024 Posted: 2/20/2014 10:57:49 PMPoints: 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...
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.......
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: El Jefe Posted: 2/22/2014 6:51:41 AM Points: 389
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)
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.
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: 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.
Reply by: JCricket Posted: 2/24/2014 6:19:47 AM Points: 1026
Fish024, 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) Mark
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: 1026
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!!!!! mark