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Trying To Catch Some Big Catfish.


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I'll be doing some dock fishing this weekend and would like to catch some big catfish. The house we are staying at is back in a cove. I know this weekend is far from ideal for fishing with it being so busy but I'm planning on getting started late at night. Am I wasting my time? What is the best bait? Live perch? Cut Bait? Worms? Any advice would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks!

-Scott

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The big catfish (at least in my experience) stay closer to the channel. I usually look for flats that roll up out of the channel.

If you are restricted to the dock, then I would go with the smallest bluegill/sunfish you can catch (2 - 3 inches) and lip hook it with a circle hook.

Hope this helps a little,

OzarkFishman

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The big catfish (at least in my experience) stay closer to the channel. I usually look for flats that roll up out of the channel.

If you are restricted to the dock, then I would go with the smallest bluegill/sunfish you can catch (2 - 3 inches) and lip hook it with a circle hook.

Hope this helps a little,

OzarkFishman

Thanks for the tips! Caught about a dozen channel cats. One 4 pounder and one 2 pounder. All the other ones were babies. Released them all so hopefully they get A LOT bigger for next time! Starting to come to the realization that I'm not gonna catch a monster without a boat :(

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Caught a 2 decent cats 2 weeks ago off a dock in a very small cove at about 12' depth using the cutoff fat from chicken breasts we were grilling. At a guess they were 3-4 lbs each. This was at night.

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I agree totally with the 7/0 hooks ... make sure they are octopus so that the hook point is offset from the shank (better hook-ups).

I usually catch my big ones in the 8 - 12 foot range, but depth is relative to the surrounding depth.

Keep catching,

OzarkFishman

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I've been fishing a power plant lake this week, and an 8/0 Gamakatsu Octopus Circle has been working wonders for me- no hookset required, no gut hooked fish, no lost fish. Just feel the bite, and pull tight. Kept 130lbs of fish yesterday, and let many others go.

Rob

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Time spent fishing is never wasted.

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