Jump to content

Annual Blue Catfish Trip


OzarkFishman

Recommended Posts

My dad, his buddy and I went for our annual setline trip to LOZ.

We only ran the lines for 36 hours, since they were hitting our hooks at close to 50% (we checked the lines 3 times).

Ended the weekend with over 130 pounds of blues (18.5, 14.5, 14.5, and 2 others over 10 ... plenty of others less than 10). We set the release limit at 15 pounds for the weekend, so the 18.5 went back.

What a great weekend, next year I will bring along my oldest boy!!!

post-5984-0-70121700-1340561572_thumb.jp

post-5984-0-46819500-1340561583_thumb.jp

post-5984-0-93621500-1340561595_thumb.jp

post-5984-0-64624700-1340561606_thumb.jp

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Wow, good job. Great fish.

Money is just ink and paper, worthless until it switches hands, and worthless again until the next transaction. (me)

I am the master of my unspoken words, and the slave to those that should have remained unsaid. (unknown)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Just a couple tips to all you guys and gals that run lines ...

Cut bait works and is easier to bait, but 3 - 5 inch LIVE bluegill and sunfish work even better.

Just lip hook them (make sure you get enough "meat" to hold the bait). I use 7/0 octopus/circle hooks. Some people go up to 10/0 and others go as small as 4/0 for set lines (personally wouldn't go any smaller than 4/0 if you plan on getting into bigger catfish).

You can set the bait anywhere in the water column, but ALL dissolved-oxygen breathing fish will die if they stay below the thermocline too long. I run 2 hooks on my anchored jug lines (5 feet and 12 or 13 feet). I would not recommend going any lower than 20 feet deep for the hooks. We caught 9 out of 10 jug fish at 5 feet. Set the jugs at any depth, just be careful on where you put the actual hooks (with swivels and leaders). I ran a trot line this weekend also and it caught 10 out of the 20 fish. We set 2 anchored jugs in 30 feet of water, then connect the 2 jugs with a line at 12 feet (looks like a big H if you saw the whole thing at once). We put 7 swivels spaced evenly over 100 feet. The last morning we ran the trotline, there were 4 catfish including the 18.5 and a 10+. It is always fun pulling up a catfish and knowing there has to be something bigger on down the line.

Let me know if any of you all have any questions.

PS - Thanks Daryk

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
×
×
  • Create New...

Important Information

By using this site, you agree to our Terms of Use.