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.

DTro

Catfishing Tricks, Tips, Pics, Secrets, and Hot Topics

44 posts in this topic

Your one stop shop for tips, tricks, hot topics, and threads of interest. Feel free to bump any of these topics back to the top with any new questions or comments you might have.

Catfishing for Beginers by Chris Hanson

Catfishing tips of the Day by SteveD

Frisbee Cutting Board

5 Gallon Bucket Rod Holder

Boat Night Lights

Bullhead Bait Tank

Threading a Bait

Cut Bait Tutorial

Home Made Snag Buster

Cat Leader Holder

Water Level Prediction Service

Slip Rig Options

Poor Man's Driftsock

Truck Bed Rod Holder

Cat Bait Harness

Keep Mosquitoes Away

Channel Catfish Pictures

2009

2008

Flathead Pictures

2009

2008

King of the Cats Contest

2009

2008

2007

Other discussions of interest

Learn more about bait tanks here

The Wall

Tips on Handling a Large Catfish

Tackle Discussion

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Possibly may want to add the 2009 Catfish Tackle Discussion thread as there is some great stuff in there about what people are using.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I've been having a heck of a time trying to catch any size cat. I only get a chance to fish from shore so that limits where I can go, but I use stink bait and cut bait and only had 1 bit but missed it.

I usually go on the southern side of the Coon Rapids Dam to about fridley area, I use a circle hook with a worm with stink bait on it, sometimes cut bait, and I launch it out about 50 ft. from shore with a 4oz weight 2 feet from the hook and let it sit. I refresh the bait fairly often.

what am I doing wrong?

I have read that great article that hanson put out, really informative and have been doing pretty much whats in the article.

Does anyone have any tips that might help me out? it will be greatly appreciated.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

from my experience over the years stink bait will not work in either(sp) of the two major rivers we have in minnesota( the current is just too fast) The stink washes away too fast. Try cutbait(suckers, bullheads, sheephead, fatheads or any legal cut bait) or live bait(bullheads, suckers, creek chubs or any other rough fish you may catch). Try a regular hook( a J hook size 7/0-9/0 and just set the hook. You may not be doing the correct hook set with a circle hook. As where you just reel down till you feel tension then pull up on it(that works for me anyways). It could be any number of things. Until you switch one up you will never know what one it is.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks Dtro for putting this thread together. I for one use it all the time and it much easier than searching back page by page.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

quack,

thanks for the tip. I'll try cut bait and see how that goes.

I did notice that after about 15-20 minutes, I was putting stink bait back on. cut or live seems like the way to go.

Thanks

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Stink bait does work in the minnesota and the mississippi rivers here in minnesota- I have used it many many times and have had great luck with it, I mainly use live and cut bait but a person can not give up on the ol trusty stink bait, thats what I started with when I started catfishing 20 odd years ago and it still works so dont give up on it.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I just bought a cat fish setup after going out once and getting a small one. I can't wait to study up on here and possibly get some bigger ones!

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

KTapper, Yes it is unreal the information you can get. There are a lot of great cat fisherman who put a lot of time on the water and spent the time sharing it with others. Take your time and read all the information these guys have given us so that we can get out and catch some great memories and great catfish. I don't thing THANK YOU is enough for all the information these guys have shared with us but THANKS guys and hope Karma rewards you all with your PB catfish time and time again............

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I am sure many of you have either seen or thought of this but I do a lot of shore fishing and instead of wandering down banks and through the woods looking for that perfect Y stick I went to the hardware store and bought a 10' piece of 1 1/4" PVC pipe and cut it up into 2.5" sections and cut a 45 degree angle on one end. Slides into the bank really easy unless the shore is really hard and dry. Holds the rod perfect! Thought I would share for anyone who does some shore fishing!

Nick

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

when shore fishing in sandy areas ,I use a 5 gal bucket lid with a hole in the center (to mark the location of hole in sand and to keep sand from my reel.)

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

when shore fishing, instead of using my rod end to make a pole hole in the ground, I bring a dog tie down (the metal screw kind), I use it to dig a perfect hole.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I did the same thing this year. Now if I can just remember to bring it. It would have worked nicely the last time I was out. frown

Someone mentioned to me that you could also cut it so that you have a lip that leads to the 45 degree angle. That might help in some conditions or at least work as a shovel/scoop to dig a hole that you then could put the pipe in and fill in.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

thanks for the tips, I will give you one good tip that I like on cutbait for flatheads here in Ky, DON'T THROW AWAY THE HEADS!!!lol. You guys up north have some great flathead fishing.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

hey Dtro, I am a crazy Kentuckina who can not figure out how to post pics on this HSOforum, please help an ignorant Kentuckian out.LOL. I want to prove that I am not just on here to invade your state and take flatheads illegaly. I know it could be tooken that I was, I would like to post some pics of some decent bluecats and an occasional mediocre flathead. Thanks.Cool site, seems to be some diehard flathead guys, which is hard to find these days.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

did dome one say diehard cat guys well I know a few of them demetrius and this is the place to be.

Oh and welcome to HSO

I spent some time in Kentucky where abouts you at

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cut bait for me seems to work well if you take a stick or somthing similar and you tap the fish all over before you cut it. Basically creates a Bruise and fills the flesh with blood so when you cut it you have nice bloody peices of meat and then just let em sit in the sun for about 30 min and they will firm up a bit so you dont have to worry about it falling off or use a trebble hook and wrap a piece of your wife's nylons around it and your bait will be sure to never come off

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Thanks for taking the time to make these links incredibly useful.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

Cowhead, I see you are from ND, but since this is a Minnesota Fishing Forum I must point out that using a treble hook in Minnesota is illegal.

Share this post


Link to post
Share on other sites

I know during my time of lurking and occasional posting in the catfish forum I have seen the catfish length/girth weight tables a few times. Where is that thing, I am having a hard time finding it. I searched around the internet and plugged some numbers into various calculators and got back answers that ranged from around 10 to 20+ shocked

DTRO, could you put a link those tables that you direct everybody to all the time in the OP? I think that's a good place for a link.

Share this post


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



  • Posts

    • Think we should change the topic to "Trump for Trees."
    • Had to go all the way back to Missouri to hunt in the snow this year! Beautiful morning but not much movement. Did see some late rut activity Friday.
    • Dotch, you guys over there are almost famous....   Almost because it is Waseca, but whatever.    Mark Seeley's weather blog... http://blog-weathertalk.extension.umn.edu/   .... Waseca now reports 54.13 inches of precipitation for 2016 and this is a new statewide annual precipitation record, surpassing the old one of 53.52" at St Francis (Anoka County) in 1991.
      ....   And an interesting thought...(from Mark, not me) Commentary on Winter TIME: No question will be answered this week, but I want to take TIME to make a comment about Winter TIME. Managing the TIME in the Winter Season in Minnesota is a different ball game than other seasons of the year, because everything takes longer. No question winter will be felt more frequently soon in the daily weather, and snowfalls will become more frequent this month. The rash of bicycle, pedestrian, and vehicular accidents reported during the snow storms towards the end of November reminded me about adjusting for Winter TIME. Our concept of time needs to be adjusted. Lengthen the time intervals that you have intuitively built-into your everyday habits and tasks. It takes longer to walk places, longer to drive places, longer to dress and undress, longer to warm up the car, longer to degomble (shed snow) when you come into the house. You need to make time to shovel snow, scrape the windshield, clean the furnace filters, When you walk take shorter steps and not too fast...put the boots, gloves and hat on when you go outside....check on the neighbor if their place hasn't been shoveled...everything should slow down..except for the long Minnesota goodbye..that is better shortened...just say goodbye, open the door, leave and close the door behind you....no need to stand in an open doorway for minutes conversing about last minute stuff. Winter TIME is an adjustment that may save you anxiety, regret, or even injury.
    • Would you use a bobber on your rattle reel with these? I would think a lively minnow would pull the line out of the contacts.
    • My my, how the mighty have fallen...  I went back to the thread on the cook subsidy, and what did I find in the second post from you, on the second page....     Gee, you were ok with the 66 million because it wasn't a stadium or something, but now all butt hurt over 7 million of Indiana money?    Now that there is a funny joke.  
    • Thanks to everyone who replied. Lots of good advice. I'll start with an electrician and go from there.
    • Is there some type of frame or carriage that bolt to machine?  Or do the extra wheels just "float" back there?
    • Who has it for that price? Is the transducer included? I have a 5" version. They are good units but if you ever need out of warranty service they will not repair your unit. They give you credit towards a refurbished unit of the same type or let you upgrade to a different model for a certain price which is something to be aware of. I found that out when my elite 5 wouldn't turn on.
    • Your post is demonstrative of the point I am trying to make. Rural areas have been sold a bunch of talk, and you believe that talk and vote against your own interests. The metro area is taking nothing away from the rural areas in terms of taxes, tax dollars flow the other way. It flows that way through employers that exploit you. A particular quote from "What's the Matter with Kansas?" really nails the point home.      
  • Our Sponsors