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
SteveD

St Croix Channel Cat KOTC Upgrade

8 posts in this topic

I've been on a good channel cat bite on the St Croix the last couple of nights. The St Croix walleye guys have been posting reports and many of them have been picking up cats drifting and pulling crawlers on bottom bouncers. If they could catch cats that way it made sense to me to mirror their presentation and just substitute cut bait for the bait to lure the cats.

I started the night at 1930 trying to catch some bait but all I could catch was smallmouth - they were all over my nightcrawlers before even the sheepshead could get there. I gave up trying to catch bait at 2015 and decided to use my leftover sucker from last night.

I've been trolling modified 3-Way rigs upstream at a slow crawl using a large chunk of cut sucker for bait. I started trolling about 2030 and hit my first channel at 2053 a chunky 21" channel cat. By the time I got him in and taken care of I had drifted almost back to my start point. I moved back downstream and decided to do another troll along the same line. At 2150 this monster channel (32" length X 19.5" girth) just hammered my outside rod. I thought he was going to rip the rod holder right off the boat.

Lucky for me there was a guy camping on an island near where I caught this channel cat. I motored over to his campsite and he took a couple of pictures for me and I had that beautiful fish back in the water right away. I was pumped from that fish and decided to head in on a positive note. I only chased flats for an hour and a half and had two nice fish. I wonder how long I can milk this channel cat bite. I'm back out again tomorrow.

7-24-0832X1952.jpg

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Wow, nice fish! I can't believe you were looking in the walleye section though! Well, if it is just to get cat bite indications, that's OK smile

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Ah, that was the size. Looks like he's been hanging with flatheads by his color. :|

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Sometimes (drift) trolling will get you into some fish that you would otherwise not catch.

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

    • It's a fat chick too! Nice pictures eyeguy!!
    • Stayed in a Holiday Inn Express last night.
    •   Ok, well what color would he like? I got some left over rounded ones from the kids so he wouldn't stick himself even!
    •   Bahaha, was checking to see what the new slug for deer hunting maybe, also? 
    • PF - Sorry to let you down.  I see you are a slug expert!!!!
    • Sheesh.  I clicked on this from the recent topics page thinking there was a new deer hunting thread......  Get a spray bottle with a salt solution and give them a shower. I think water with Dawn soap might be an option
    • I am flattered fellas, but in rebs defense he did say " goodies" and not "goods" or he would have some explaining to do . between the different s.i.t.e.s.  were on I post no shortage of food shots ,so reb grab that scissors from leech lol. You pick up  a belly yet moon lake?
    • wren chick sat on a chair on the deck for over 2 hours. cute little bugger

    • I think last year was probably the best/first year we should have gone for it at the deadline so no regrets on that one. We got Pommers at the deadline as well but he had some years left and we were able to resign him and overall he has produced for us so no biggy there either. I'm sure we all wish we could take back the Matt Moulson trade back, that was the only bad one that cost us a couple of 2nd rounders and he looked terrible, but again hindsight is always 20/20. The rest were all minor deals that didn't do much either way.    Someone will get moved at some point, we just can't fill out a team and or sign Grandlund & Nino without it, at least not that I can see. Sounds like we had a deal for the Canadians first but their guy was there so they kept the pick, no problem with Fletcher being patient on the trade front, might have to wait until some teams don't fill their needs via free agency before a move happens. 

       
    • anyone else have any issues with ChartInstaller? I last used it on my laptop a month or so ago and it worked fine. I am getting ready to go to North Dakota for a couple days and wanted to download some areas to my card that I hadn't before.   I removed the sd card from my Hummingbird Helix and put it in the laptop. Opened the CharInstaller program that was already installed and was prompted to update. I downloaded the new Chart Installer.exe file and no matter how many times I download it, reboot and retry install etc it will not install. I just get an error "There has been an error. Unknown Error upacking file C:/Program Files (x86)/Chart Installer/nwjc.exe   So while doing the upgrade I lost my desktop icon with no software to update my chart. I understand there is a 1 year subscription but I just got my navionics+ and put it on this card last October.   Any ideas?    
  • Our Sponsors