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Lake: Boyd Lake

catfish record?

Post By: luomin      Posted: 6/29/2014 11:53:27 AM     Points: 10    
Fished Boyd 6-28, beginning at 6:30am, trolling crank bait for wallys, trout & wipers, 5 min on lake hooked monster 16lb 33" cat, think it might be a blue? Ended day with 3 eyes (one small keeper) & one perch from north end weeds, trout seem to have moved to deeper waters. In 50 years of fishing have never heard of cats taking lures! Great Day!
 Reply by: finsnfeathers      Posted: 6/29/2014 1:26:13 PM     Points: 203    
Nice fish, looks like a channel and nowhere close to a state record. Still sweet catch!
 Reply by: Bkibbe      Posted: 6/29/2014 4:34:12 PM     Points: 2    
Normal catfish a bluecat has an actual blueish tint to it still a nice cat none the less though.
 Reply by: Skidmark      Posted: 6/29/2014 9:11:07 PM     Points: 737    
I've caught channel cats on Kastmasters, Rapalas, and crawler harnesses. I don't target them. They just turn up occasionally, I've never caught one at Boyd though.
 Reply by: luomin      Posted: 6/29/2014 10:01:33 PM     Points: 10    
Thanks all, the ranger on the lake thought it was a flathead, and we thought it might be a blue, good to hear knowledgeable answers from real fishermen, but very disappointed the ranger had no real fish knowledge.
 Reply by: Kolorado KingFisher      Posted: 6/29/2014 10:03:29 PM     Points: 82    
Its really not uncommon for cats to hit lures of all sorts, they are top of the line predators and often feed on live baitfish. Walleye anglers who troll spinner baits can get a big surprise to find a ticked off channel at the end of their line. Flathead anglers commonly use big cranks at night.

The cat you have is a male channel cat: rounded anal fin, large mandible muscles on the head, very large overbite in the maw, bulging eyes atop the head. Blues are much more robust, with a square anal fin and eyes situated on the sides of their head...the two species really look nothing alike once you have seen many of both, color being a very bad indicator of either is not at all surprising the ranger had no idea, unfortunately there are even instances of mistaken state record channel cats that are very obviously blue cats, the most recent is Oklahoma from about 5-6 years ago. A very dark blue cat was mistaken for a channel and once the record is on the books, it stays.

Very nice cat just the same.
 Reply by: Pathway      Posted: 6/29/2014 10:38:41 PM     Points: 540    
I've targeted cats in the fall by trolling wiggle worts in 18 fow. The biggest problem is hook ups. You usually get about 1 in 3 to stay on.
 Reply by: Greg is crankn      Posted: 6/30/2014 11:43:48 AM     Points: 11    
Its not unheard of the samething happened to my nephew this weekend and to top it of it was his first kitty lol...
 Reply by: Bobbys      Posted: 6/30/2014 7:43:44 PM     Points: 31    
Nice fish but state record worthy??? Its not that big of fish
 Reply by: bugeaters1      Posted: 6/30/2014 7:56:19 PM     Points: 1    
Congratulations! My friend and I used to troll a nice farm pond in eastern Nebraska for bass on hot days. We caught four channel cats one day with rattle traps and crank baits. After catching many a bass we went home and had a catfish fry! Have a great 4th of July! - Bugeaters
 Reply by: ol Uncle Marty      Posted: 6/30/2014 8:36:52 PM     Points: 352    
Nice cat !
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 7/1/2014 7:28:29 AM     Points: 1688    
You should be familiar with the species before taking it home PERIOD. Kinda bothers me you taking that fish home not knowing what you had. Did you take it home because you thought maybe you had a record? With today's tech out there at everyone's finger tips it could have been identified and checked out on the net before taking it home IMO.

The only good way to identify a Channel cat from a blue cat is to count the anal fins rays./bones.

Color and head shape and tail fin are not good ways here in Co plus it changes as they age. So count the Anal fin rays.
 Reply by: Kolorado KingFisher      Posted: 7/1/2014 12:24:20 PM     Points: 82    
Additionally: pictured below is the current state record channel cat, weighing in at 43 lbs and was caught in 2010 out of Aurora. If I was a bettin man I would wager that this record will not fall.
 Reply by: peits      Posted: 7/1/2014 3:40:40 PM     Points: 75    
Great fish. Nice color and it looks very healthy.
 Reply by: fishman1      Posted: 7/1/2014 4:04:13 PM     Points: 21001    
As long as Daris is around I wouldn't make that bet Kingfisher. LOL

 Reply by: Orion/CO      Posted: 7/3/2014 10:24:40 PM     Points: 1262    
I caught about a 5lb channel cat at Boyd a few years ago trolling a crawler harness while fishing for walleye, and just last year at Boedecker I got back to back cats using a similar rig but using Gulp crawlers while trolling for walleye. Yes, it has happened to me before, but nothing near that big. Congrats!

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