Guests - If You want access to member only forums on HSO. You will gain access only when you Sign-in or Sign-Up on HotSpotOutdoors.

It's easy - LOOK UPPER right menu.

  • Announcements

    • Rick

      Members Only Fluid Forum View   08/08/2017

      Fluid forum view allows members only to get right to the meat of this community; the topics. You can toggle between your preferred forum view just below to the left on the main forum entrance. You will see three icons. Try them out and see what you prefer.   Fluid view allows you, if you are a signed up member, to see the newest topic posts in either all forums (select none or all) or in just your favorite forums (select the ones you want to see when you come to Fishing Minnesota). It keeps and in real time with respect to Topic posts and lets YOU SELECT YOUR FAVORITE FORUMS. It can make things fun and easy. This is especially true for less experienced visitors raised on social media. If you, as a members want more specific topics, you can even select a single forum to view. Let us take a look at fluid view in action. We will then break it down and explain how it works in more detail.   The video shows the topic list and the forum filter box. As you can see, it is easy to change the topic list by changing the selected forums. This view replaces the traditional list of categories and forums.   Of course, members only can change the view to better suit your way of browsing.   You will notice a “grid” option. We have moved the grid forum theme setting into the main forum settings. This makes it an option for members only to choose. This screenshot also shows the removal of the forum breadcrumb in fluid view mode. Fluid view remembers your last forum selection so you don’t lose your place when you go back to the listing. The benefit of this feature is easy to see. It removes a potential barrier of entry for members only. It puts the spotlight on topics themselves, and not the hierarchical forum structure. You as a member will enjoy viewing many forums at once and switching between them without leaving the page. We hope that fluid view, the new functionality is an asset that you enjoy .
Sign in to follow this  
Alan

Like big fish, wanna try cat fishing..

Recommended Posts

I have caught plenty of Carp. And I see all these pics of these big catfish. What does a guy need to get started in cat fishing?

Rod (I have a 6.5' MH Ugly Stik, with 20lb fireline) will this work?

Reel

line

rig/set up (rig it like I rig for carp?)

bait (Stink bait, cut bait, do I just buy suckers or fat heads and cut em up? And put on the hook)

Are rivers better than lakes?

Do you have to fish for cat's at night? Can you fish during the day for these fish?

Can all you seasoned Cat fisherman give some advice for a wanna be?

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

somehow this was left to drop away from the first page of threads in this forum, lots of information for people new to catfishing:

http://www.fishingminnesota.com/forum/ub...ers#Post1348927

I'm thinking of trying out some catfishing myself as soon as I get back from summer vacationing and get myself an apartment in minneapolis.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Yep, what some people fail to realize when they see all the pictures and video of these fish are all the hours spent on the water.

Granted some people can show up one night and catch a fish of a lifetime whistle it takes a lot of time and patience. Read the thread that mainbutter linked, lots of good info there.

One of the reasons I love this kind of fishing is the solitude of the darkness on the river, to me catching fish is a bonus.

Like any big fish, in the end, you will need to put in your time to be consistantly successful.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Amen to what Rushing said. I think these photos flashing on this forum create an illusion of ease.... There are exception night/days, but if you avg. fish per hour caught it would be humbling. Fishermen are can tend to be like a gambler; they're more than happy to tell you about their winnings/fish caught a little less reluctant to tell you how much they lose . That being said; its the Big Jackpot that keeps you coming back for more smile .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sometimes its embarrassing to talk about all the nights NOT catching anything.

I started a little late this year but I've been on the water 7 of the last 13 nights. Most of the time I'm rolling into bed about 4:30am-5:00am after getting on the water at 7pm.

I think my total flathead in the boat count is 9 so far for all those hours.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Fishermen are can tend to be like a gambler; they're more than happy to tell you about their winnings/fish caught a little less reluctant to tell you how much they lose .

That’s a good analogy. I’d have to agree.

As for me, I have no problem saying that in the past 2 wks (14 days) I’ve spent 11 nights on the water.

4 of those nights were a complete skunk for me. So I caught at least one fish in the other 7 nights. Some of those nights I caught two and a couple of those nights I caught three. Most fish were 15lbs and under. Some of those fish were 20lbs and under and only a few were over twenty pounds.

Avg 7-8 hrs/night

Just round it up to 80hrs in the past 2 weeks and you see how much time a guy can put in to catch a few fish over 20lbs.

It gives me a headache thinking about factoring in a learning curve about the river and where these fish roam.

What keeps me out there is the love of it and knowing that at any given point, Mr Freak of nature fatty will eat my bait.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Whenever I take someone new out, I tell them "We are fishing for the top 1% of predatory game fish, they are hard to come by."

Yeah, I'm a one percenter grin Just not as much as I would like.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

4 things will make you successfull in fishing for catfish, patients, location, luck, and experience. You can fish forever in a bad spot, and never catch a fish, you can fish 1 minute in a good spot and catch a 40lber, or you can fish 10 good spots for a week with 40 hours spent fishing that week and not get a bite. Its a whole different life being out on the river at night! Be carefull if venturing out in a boat for the first time.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Quote:
I think my total flathead in the boat count is 9 so far for all those hours.

Rub it in, rub it in! grin

That is a pretty good season so far Hanson. Could be worse.

I have 3 boat trips to the river this year and 4 or 5 shore trips to St. Paul and Miss. north. Not much time and only a couple under 10lb channels to show for it. Last season I had about 7-10 boat trips in by now and 10-15 shore trips in by this time. I had about the same catch record to show for it. Actually, do to some situations during the fishing trips this season, I almost have more drive time than on the water time. 3 hours round trip and I still keep going, after being skunked many times.

Just got'a keep in the action and you will hit the numbers at one point. I know where to go, I just got to get my self their wink.

This weekend baby! I feel it for the hundredth time. I am braving tornado sirens, lightening, hail, clay, fog and what ever is thrown at my boat (first year I have experienced all of these within a couple trips). I will bring rain gear also

grin. Snakes, bugs what ever!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

What do you guys do for work that makes that many nights fished? I would guess male jigalow by your avatars, but as they say, looks can be deceiving wink .

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites
Guest
This topic is now closed to further replies.
Sign in to follow this  



  • Posts

    • Well, being you are not engaging your hamstrings on that treadmill, and you're TRAINING on it!!, you can pretty much guarantee your feet sliding out from underneath you, slipping on the ice next time you encounter it.  Thank you treadmill, best piece of equipment in the gym, for an orthopedic surgeon.   Let me guess, you like to walk slow on it, so its good for you.....?  
    • Thanks RD!  Good info. That's an interesting technique with the Chatterbait.  I will try it.  If you don't mind -- what kind of trailer do you like with the Chatterbait for that technique?  There will be 3 of us fishing so it will a little tight.  Probably will only bring 3 rods...  I am thinking a Jig rod, T-rig rod (plan to try a Nekko rig with this as well)  and one moving bait rod (Spinnerbait, Chatterbait, Buzzbait, Frog, Cranks, etc.)  The great thing about Ottertail county (like others in Mn), there are a thousand lakes... we will hit 2 or 3 a day.  If we have good conditions (low pressure/moderate wind) we will probably try Musky on Battle Lake.
    • Mahi are hard to catch in Minnesota.  Specialized equipment is required. 
    • Any recent reports?
    • Down this way I have been getting most my fish around weed edges and weed clumps. Trigs for good edges and chatterbaits worked on bottom or over the weeds, kinda how I would fish a jig. Water around here is pretty murky right now. Docks have been good on those lakes with dirty water and not so many weeds.
    •   You'd poke yer eye out. 
    • Hi, from the Northwest Angle! Water temps are staying consistently in the low 70’s.

      Stateside, walleye fishing has been good from Lunatic to Garden Islands. The edges of islands and reefs in 22-29’ will provide walleye, perch and occasional large pike. Most productive methods have been minnows on gold spinners and deep diving crank baits in UV tiger, clown and blue/chrome.

      Canadian walleyes can be had jigging minnows with gold, pink, and chartreuse on edges of reefs.  Monkey Rocks is holding many schools of fish currently, as well as, reefs south of Deepwater Bay. Bottom bouncing outside these reefs will produce fish as well. Muskie fishing has slowed a little, however nice fish in upper 40’s can be caught in “windows” of time, usually coinciding with Majors and Minors.

      We hope to see you for some fantastic fall fishing & hunting!
    • He isn't going to set the world on fire, but only been a minus guy 3 times in his entire career. While Scandella is a -10 for his career. Quincey is more physical so I think that will be good. There is probably more upside with Scandella, no, definitely there could be, but he was really terrible last year. Perhaps Quincey gets paired with Dumba. That would be good for Dumba because when he was paired with Leopold he had his best stats following picking him up.
    • cloudy and rainy here today is gonna take all the fun out it. I do know the fish didn't cooperate for a sundown bite last night.
    • After two years cables go too.  Its all about maintenance.  If you case them and keep them lubed up there are plenty of people that have had electric jacks for may years.  Good reason its becoming almost a standard upgrade on many RV's out there.  Will report back, we are pulling the house back from the lake in a couple  weeks so should get a start on it inside of the month.
  • Our Sponsors