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Fish: Channel Catfish

Didnít expect this

Post By: Kev-o      Posted: 4/10/2019 11:48:10 PM     Points: 63327    
Was fishing a local Loveland lake Monday and caught this little channel cat, maybe around a pound and a half. On a jig. Not what they would normally hit but pretty fun on 6# line. They are predators so it does happen. Any other pics of cat on lures or jigs? Post em.
 Reply by: Eyefishing      Posted: 4/11/2019 3:52:01 AM     Points: 1566    
Very nice, it always fun to get that surprise fish, Iíve caught a couple cats on spinnerbaits and jigs while bass fishing. Hereís one I caught in Boyd last year on a black&blue jig&pig.
 Reply by: Goosehunter82      Posted: 4/11/2019 4:49:51 AM     Points: 56317    
We've caught quite a few cats on crawlers harnesses while trolling. Usually pretty slow or drifting.
 Reply by: Hawaiian Punch      Posted: 4/11/2019 5:43:17 AM     Points: 8070    
This winter at a northeast CO lake,we were catching cats through the ice with jigs.We were fishing for Crappie and eyes.
Sorry,but the cat were small and we didn't take any pics.

 Reply by: Neyet Stalker      Posted: 4/11/2019 7:12:56 AM     Points: 8753    
I get them once in a while on jerk baits.
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/11/2019 7:22:47 AM     Points: 58787    
Kev - thats a grass carp dude.
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 4/11/2019 8:01:40 AM     Points: 1326    
Grass carp have whiskers?
Also, my dad caught a channel catfish on a buzzer one time. And Iíve caught a couple myself on topwaters. Thatís bizarre.
 Reply by: FXA0      Posted: 4/11/2019 9:02:35 AM     Points: 165    
I don't expect catfish when I am fishing with lures, but they do bite every now and then.
 Reply by: Coyute      Posted: 4/11/2019 10:27:27 AM     Points: 124    
This el gato grande bit a squarebill in about 8 feet of water at Pueblo years ago. At first, I swore I was snagged on a log, then the log started moving. :)
 Reply by: jshanko      Posted: 4/11/2019 11:22:26 AM     Points: 8415    
No pic, but my granddaughter caught a catfish with a jig, worm and bobber, was only 2#er and I've never seen her work so hard to land the little fella. Was a great day.
 Reply by: Freestone303      Posted: 4/11/2019 11:33:37 AM     Points: 448    
I have caught one on a wet fly before, it was about that size.
We used to rig spinning reels on fly rods (for some extra reach) as kids and fish crickets for bluegill around stumps and laydowns. I caught a big cat, over 10lbs, on that setup once. Talk about fun on a 5wt!
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 4/11/2019 11:41:42 AM     Points: 63327    
You guys have some awesome pictures! Thanks to all that have posted.
 Reply by: nparker      Posted: 4/11/2019 12:32:17 PM     Points: 1927    
I have caught many Catfish on flies.
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: 4/12/2019 7:42:07 AM     Points: 2088    
First cat in many years caught on a flicker shad
 Reply by: elkinthebag      Posted: 4/12/2019 7:44:58 AM     Points: 2088    
First cat and first fish ever on a daredevil
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 4/12/2019 11:35:32 AM     Points: 12453    
This guy was caught on a sweetish pimple. I've caught cars on spinner baits and swim baits too.
 Reply by: GoNe_FiShIn_11      Posted: 4/12/2019 11:38:17 AM     Points: 12453    
 Reply by: Kev-o      Posted: 4/12/2019 12:05:11 PM     Points: 63327    
Seems to happen more often than I figured lol. Great pics keep em comin!
 Reply by: waterlike      Posted: 4/12/2019 1:15:38 PM     Points: 0    
caught on a jig and a live minnow on a jaw jacker
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/12/2019 2:30:44 PM     Points: 58787    
waterlike - welcome to the forum.. but I not sure.. jig, minnow and jaw jacker qualify! But really cool to catch a cat thru the ice

xavierk31 - it's a grass carp.. trust me. I've been informed by those that know!
 Reply by: xavierk31      Posted: 4/12/2019 3:45:58 PM     Points: 1326    
I guess Iíll defer to your expertise there Jim..... Iíve caught maybe 5 or 6 catfish in my life and not a single grass carp. 😂
 Reply by: bharper      Posted: 4/12/2019 4:12:58 PM     Points: 253    
Nice catch Kev-O!🎣 I have a friend who fishes Jigs for Bass quite regularly and heís caught Walleye and Trout(3+lber) on them!
 Reply by: anglerwannabe      Posted: 4/12/2019 5:08:46 PM     Points: 58787    
here's another grass carp.. but it don't count.. caught it on a hot dog
 Reply by: tfotrout      Posted: 4/12/2019 10:00:58 PM     Points: 1449    
This guy hit a jerkbait you can see it still in his face if you zoom in
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 4/14/2019 8:52:04 AM     Points: 1685    
Most if not all tournament catfishing is done while on the move across the country.

is technique that's been used for a while its a simple carolina rig dragged behind the boat

Slip bobber
can be a good technique to target active cats in any depth

Control Drifting
is used to hunt down active cats feeding this is done off a boat at .5 mph with a drift sock out the back and using your electric motor in front the drive the boat where cats were located with side scan.

Back Bouncing
is off a boat usually anchored in a river system off a boat using a anchor or your electric motor the boat is stationary and you bounce down the river behind the boat a carolina rig to a pocket in the river that may have cats waiting for something to float down the river.

We use floats and lures pretty regularly fishing and the boat is on the move. Stationary catfishing isn't being used in tournaments as much anymore.

Planer boards are being used a LOT. I run two here to get out from the boat on lake texoma I was running 6 planer boards spread out over 150 feet with 4 more rods off the back of the boats covering ground to find active feeding fish.

Most of this type of fishing the rigging is a Santee Cooper rig
Its basically a carolina rig with a floats close to the hook with a 3 to 6 foot leader.

It can get even more technical the more you get into it.

Were using rattles and lures pretty consistently to catch the large channel cats colorado has to offer.

1st pic is the type float rig used for control drifting
2nd pic is a whisker wobbler
3 image if you look on the rods you will see the floats i use while control drifting.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 4/14/2019 9:02:23 AM     Points: 1685    
Slip bobber rigging
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 4/14/2019 9:03:46 AM     Points: 1685    
catfish drift lure
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 4/14/2019 9:06:43 AM     Points: 1685    
The old notion that catfish are on the bottom is old outdated info. Catfish eat and work all three levels of the water column. Find the bait find the cats.

Many more techniques like Balloon fishing. Even kite fishing for cats is becoming popular.
 Reply by: FISHRANGLER      Posted: 4/14/2019 9:27:50 AM     Points: 1685    
planer boards out the back on the move targeting big blues.
Second is the lure used its a clear 4 inch spook that will float the bait up off the bottom also has a rattle inside.
 Reply by: Thac0      Posted: 5/31/2019 6:51:09 PM     Points: 0    
Caught this big guy last week on a rattle trap. I think its a channel cat. released.i hope he gets twice as big!

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