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.

Sign in to follow this  
Followers 0
Alan

Like big fish, wanna try cat fishing..

12 posts in this topic

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

First thing you have to have a good supply of is patients.

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

First thing you have to have a good supply of is patients.

Or you can just go out on Dtro's boat and hit a 40+ lbr on your first cast! shocked

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  
Followers 0



  • Posts

    • How can a bird with brain the size of a pea out smart us!
    • The 2 lakes i bass fish have slowed way down the last week.   A swim-bait ripple shad was hot ticket for a while but that is just a pike attraction right now.  Been switching to a Senko and helped a little.   Pads are coming up fast now and we should see a spike up in activity soon.  Cannot wait to throw the frogs soon as that is the biggest rush watching those eruptions in the water!!   Thanks for posting as i found it to be quite slower than usual also.   Which means i need to find better ammo during those times.  
    • Tomorrow we will be back at it
    • I am giving it a last hurrah tomorrow. Sorry I haven't been able to check in here much. I have hardly been able to get out this year between work, a baby at home, and a recent trip out of the country for a relative's wedding.    Last time I was out I had a real nice Tom within 20 yards after a very long standoff. I think I screwed it up by rushing myself a bit. He stood around 50 yards out literally strutting back and forth like someone had drawn a line in the mud that he wouldnt cross. He must not have wanted to fight with the strutter decoy we had out. He did that for 45 minutes to an hour and finally came our way after a hen led him towards us.    They came past us but were outside the decoys and angling slightly away from us. Then the tom turned and started angling straight at the strutter decoy. That meant he was basically quartering to me and when he was 15-17 yards or so out I drew because in the back of my mind i was thinking if he kept moving that way and past the decoy he would quickly be in a spot I would have had no shot.   In hindsight I think he had realized (once he got close enough) that he would have been able to whoop up on the decoy and he was coming in to do just that. I probably should have waited to see, but I didn't and right as I hit the backwall of my draw his head popped up on alert and he turned around and walked straight away knowing something wasn't quite right. I could have easily shot at him at 20 yards but he was facing away and I just didn't feel comfortable. I am confident I would have hit my mark but I didn't like shooting at something walking straight away when I am not experienced with bow hunting turkeys.   I know some people will say that I should have shot, but I have been bow hunting for awhile and never wounded anything because of a poor shot or poor shot selection, so I didn't want that to be a first. Hopefully I get a shot at redemption tomorrow!
    • Way to go team!! I sure took the avg score down with my jake
    • nice story, fishing has a way of easing the pains we have. even when we hurt like crazy when done for the day we are looking forward to the next outing.
    • way to go, guys yep, the toms not about to give up even though its close to closing time have seen several strutters the past couple weeks and heard gobbles yesterday while fishing
    • great job. makes it 5 for 5 for team 5 congrats on a nice tom, 57 and that willl give our team score a boost
    • One More Cast      Photo by:  Roger Abraham   If any of you out there are regular readers of my tales, you have followed my recent struggles with back and knees.  I can’t put a name to this drive I have to be on the stream as of late.  It borders on obsession. I guess in my mind if I am healthy enough to fish the world is right with me and I am not getting old and feeble.      Today I was a witness to that I am not the only one.  Lots of anglers and hunters live to go out into the outdoors. .  It is what drives them.  It makes them feel alive.  It is their passion.  I told my fishing buddy Abe today my thoughts.  I told him how I was feeling a little old.  I guess my 60th birthday coming up next month makes me feel mortal.  Abe laughed and said I was a young buck compared to him.  Abe turns 76 this year.     Abe told me tales about catching big trout in tiny streams in Wisconsin and out west.  The twinkle in his eye when he reminisced I had seen before in many trout anglers.      We fished a stretch for 2 hours.  I sat down and rested often.  Abe kept on fishing. He got hung up in a box elder branch and lost a lure.  Abe told me box elders trees were his nemesis when he fished.   He asked me which tree was my kryptonite.  I told him, "ones with branches."  We both had a chuckle and continued fishing.   I thought to myself this guy is really driven.  I hope I am like him at 76.     We got to the vehicle and Abe wanted to continue fishing.  Abe’s waders sprang a leak earlier and he fell in the water a couple times.  He was quite wet.  He wanted to change in to dry clothes before we continue.  Abe peeled off his wet shirt and there were two things stuck to his chest.  He could tell by my questioning look he needed to tell me what was up.     Abe told me he had been having heart problems lately and he was supposed to be wearing a heart monitor.  He left it in the car because he was afraid of getting the electronics wet.  Here I have been whining about being old and the guy I was fishing with left his heart monitor in his vehicle.      Abe reassured me that he was in no danger and he could continue fishing.  I started brainstorming on a place to fish where it was not so hard walking.  Now that I knew he was not as healthy as he looked I wanted an easy place to fish.  I knew the place and it was upstream 5 miles.     We arrived at the well manicured field.  It looked like a golf green.  I picked the area because the farmer kept sheep and goats on the land and the weeds and brush were gone because of the goats.  We walked and fished.     Abe told tales of the old days and of fish lost and landed.  I walked a little forward to fish and looked back to check up on Abe.  What I saw when I looked back scared me and I immediately asked Abe if he was ok.  Abe was laying flat on the ground face down.  I thought the worst and he could tell by my face.  He told me to calm down.  His back was acting up and he needed to straight it out and that was the best way to do it.   We fished a little bit more and he took a photo of me.  He liked the lighting. He told me it captured the essence of trout fishing.  He did not have a camera.  I let him use mine.  He was not camera savvy and needed an impromptu lesson on how to use it.   We drove to his car and we talked about our love of the outdoors. We shook hands and headed our separate ways and promised to fish again soon.  As I drove home I smiled and thought about how I am going to be when I am 76.  I hope I am like Abe and my eyes still twinkle when I talk of chasing trout and I am still driven to make one more cast.
    • The past week has had me having multiple close calls and missing a brute at 45 yards.  Tonight I talked my dad to give it another try and there were birds in the field when we got there.  Birds ended up leaving as we tried to sneak in.  A short 20 minutes later they were back and we watched and worked the big group of toms and hens for more than 2 hours before we got one to commit.  Dad shot him with his 20 gauge at 48 yards,(this thing shoots an awesome pattern).  The 3 year old was down and only flopped a few times.   Nice 1+ inch spurs, 10" beard and heavy.  A good evening for sure!
  • Our Sponsors