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Morning/mid day Catfishing?

Post By: MOJO      Posted: 4/1/2024 11:39:26 AM     Points: 559    
Just wanting opinions... anyone have success for cats in the morning or mid day? I like using beef liver. Thanks!
 Reply by: Bizkits Dad      Posted: Apr. 1, 12:48:52 PM     Points: 470
Salmon with skin and scales from the supermarket
 Reply by: not too old to fish      Posted: Apr. 1, 12:58:47 PM     Points: 9107
Our late friend Daris (Fishwrangler?) has an article on daytime catfishing. He used cutbait and chicken livers if I remember correctly.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: Apr. 1, 1:53:01 PM     Points: 4413
Catfish normally go pretty deep when the sun is up.
Chicken livers are always good, but sometimes easy to sling off if you're casting from the bank. (I also prefer beef for that reason) Skin on cut bait is great (where legal) - carp, sucker, bluegill, but also have had success with fresh fish from the store.
I don't know why, but fresh meat definitely works better than frozen.

Also see Carolina rig, or Santee Cooper rig - very helpful to get the bait just a little off the bottom.

I've caught more channel cat on Danny King's Punch bait than anything else. Don't know if anyone sells it here, but you can order a tub online. It stinks.
 Reply by: Barnacles      Posted: Apr. 1, 1:56:39 PM     Points: 4413
Didn't really answer your question...Best I can tell, they bite just as good during the day, they're just out deeper.
They also love the shade if you can find some.
 Reply by: phidoux      Posted: Apr. 1, 2:39:22 PM     Points: 9024
For the most part fish shallow early morning and early evening and go deep in the middle of the day. Fish with the wind in your face as it will push bait fish to you and the cats will go after the bait. I've had the best luck with cut bait and second using chicken liver. This time of year I like to use smaller sized cut baits like about the size of your thumb to the first knuckle and later in the year as the water temps start getting close to 70* I'll go to bait size of about 2" wide and 3" long. If using liver in the early season I'll go about the size of one and a half golf balls round and later in the year I'll throw a ball about the size of a Tennis. I know it sounds like huge baits but I'm always looking for cats over 30" and over 20#. Good luck and have screaming drags.
 Reply by: MOJO      Posted: Apr. 2, 7:32:48 AM     Points: 559
Thanks, All! Great info. Traditionally we'd get the lanterns out and hit Boulder Res at night. I'm hoping to try Waneka Lk near our place in Lafayette. Cheers

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