Went fishing today

Pecos

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South Carolina
Ken that is one fine looking catfish.

During the summer, we often spend a few weeks at my Grandparent's ranch near Mineral Wells. Beef was an everyday thing, but catfish was regarded as the real treat. Every couple of weeks a couple of "good old boys" would show up with a couple of tubs containing catfish that they had caught by "grappling." They were big catfish, but nothing like the one your friend just caught.

With all the snapping turtles and water snakes, I cannot imagine getting into the water and catching fish by feeling for them and then wrestling them onto the bank. I don't draw the line at many things, but having seen what a snapping turtle can do, I want no part of it.

We fished in the Brazos river with some success, but it was the smaller lakes that gave us or best fishing.

They tasted good, and my Grandmother put a lot more finesse into fixing them than beef. For some reason, my Grandparents thought that Yellow Catfish tasted better than Blue Catfish. Other than being uglier, I could never tell the difference.
 

Bob1950

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Location
Livingston, TX
Spring is the best season for cat fishing. When I need fish for our family dinner, I just go to the shallow creek near my house and catch a couple of cats, using shad or nightcrawlers. I usually use Kentucky rig with two short leaders, two hooks, and a small bobber to keep the hooks above the bottom. This rig is very good for long casting.
 
That's not a fish...that's a whale!!! You sure that catfish doesn't have a blow hole???

What type of water is that? Lake?

I haven't gone out yet this year.

Last time I caught a catfish was years ago in the Shenandoah River, wade fishing. The water was pretty swift, and I thought for sure I had a small mouth bass...I've never had a catfish hit an artificial lure before. It was only 2# but tasty. I smoked it on the grill.
 

Pecos

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Location
South Carolina
That's not a fish...that's a whale!!! You sure that catfish doesn't have a blow hole???

What type of water is that? Lake?

I haven't gone out yet this year.

Last time I caught a catfish was years ago in the Shenandoah River, wade fishing. The water was pretty swift, and I thought for sure I had a small mouth bass...I've never had a catfish hit an artificial lure before. It was only 2# but tasty. I smoked it on the grill.
I caught a 7 lb catfish in the Potomac river many years ago. It chased a spinner, and I was sure that it was a large bass. It tasted good.
 
I caught a 7 lb catfish in the Potomac river many years ago. It chased a spinner, and I was sure that it was a large bass. It tasted good.
I had no idea.

When you grow up learning that they are bottom feeders, and you use chicken livers and cheese balls as bait with heavy sinkers, you don't really view them as being predators.

Depending on how long ago that was, I'd hesitate to eat anything that was pulled out of the Potomac, unless you were up near Chain Bridge.
 

Bob1950

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Location
Livingston, TX
Blue cats are active both on the bottom and in the water column. I frequently catch blues at 3-5 feet above the bottom. Moving baits are more attractive for blues. If you periodically move baits, you will get more strikes. That is why I like to use drop shot style rigs. They allow jerking the baits, keeping a sinker in one place.
 
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Pecos

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Location
South Carolina
I had no idea.

When you grow up learning that they are bottom feeders, and you use chicken livers and cheese balls as bait with heavy sinkers, you don't really view them as being predators.

Depending on how long ago that was, I'd hesitate to eat anything that was pulled out of the Potomac, unless you were up near Chain Bridge.
I was above the bridge, and you are right in thinking that water was dirty further on down the river. It was also further back in time to the late 1980's.
 

Ken N Tx

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Texas
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Do you let it sit, or do you reel it in slowly? In other words, will it be effective putting this out on one rod and letting it sit while using an action artifical bait on another rod?
From the bank, let it sit..From a boat let the boat drift dragging the bait.
 

Ken N Tx

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Texas
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Blue cats are active both on the bottom and in the water column.
I forgot to mention that we had to release the fish back to the lake. This lake has a restriction on Blue Catfish..
 


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