How To Catch Big Catfish Part 1 - Where and When to Catch Catfish in Lakes, Rivers and Reservoirs

I Don't Make My Living Fishing, I'm Living To Fish.

 

My name is Gary Turner and I love to fish.

I don't make my living fishing, I'm living to Fish.


This hubpage is about catching big catfish.

I love catfishing and going after the monster cats.


Whether you are new to catfishing or have been doing it your whole life,

I hope you will learn something from this hubpage.

Please if you have any insights, tips or great catfishing advice or questions

feel free to put them in the comments box.

Thanks Gary

Gone Fishin Club Members and some of the Flathead Catfish from a Santee Cooper Trip

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This was a nice flathead caught around 4 in the afternoon on Lake Marion.Gone Fishin Club Member Stacy with a small Flathead CatfishNice Flathead Catfish from Santee CooperGone Fishin Club Member Stacy with a small Flathead Catfish2 Nice Flathead Catfish from Santee CooperGone Fishin Club Member Gary with a nice flathead catfish.Gone Fishin Club Member Brandon with his first Flathead,   we had to take this shot quick before he fell over. :)Gone Fishin Club Member Gary with two flathead catfish before we released them. The one on the left is heavier.Sunset on Santee, the night fishing is about to crank up!Catfishing at night, we are waiting in the dark for a big strike.Gone Fishin Club Member Gary with this flathead catfish who was out looking for a snack in the night.
This was a nice flathead caught around 4 in the afternoon on Lake Marion.
This was a nice flathead caught around 4 in the afternoon on Lake Marion.
Gone Fishin Club Member Stacy with a small Flathead Catfish
Gone Fishin Club Member Stacy with a small Flathead Catfish
Nice Flathead Catfish from Santee Cooper
Nice Flathead Catfish from Santee Cooper
Gone Fishin Club Member Stacy with a small Flathead Catfish
Gone Fishin Club Member Stacy with a small Flathead Catfish
2 Nice Flathead Catfish from Santee Cooper
2 Nice Flathead Catfish from Santee Cooper
Gone Fishin Club Member Gary with a nice flathead catfish.
Gone Fishin Club Member Gary with a nice flathead catfish.
Gone Fishin Club Member Brandon with his first Flathead,   we had to take this shot quick before he fell over. :)
Gone Fishin Club Member Brandon with his first Flathead, we had to take this shot quick before he fell over. :)
Gone Fishin Club Member Gary with two flathead catfish before we released them. The one on the left is heavier.
Gone Fishin Club Member Gary with two flathead catfish before we released them. The one on the left is heavier.
Sunset on Santee, the night fishing is about to crank up!
Sunset on Santee, the night fishing is about to crank up!
Catfishing at night, we are waiting in the dark for a big strike.
Catfishing at night, we are waiting in the dark for a big strike.
Gone Fishin Club Member Gary with this flathead catfish who was out looking for a snack in the night.
Gone Fishin Club Member Gary with this flathead catfish who was out looking for a snack in the night.

How to Catch Big Catfish - Part 1


Are You In Search Of Big Catfish?

Monster Catfish, World Class Trophy Catfish,

You've Come To The Right Place.


How to Catch Big Catfish is a 3 part series with some additional Hubpages by Gone Fishin Club for other Catching Big Catfish Information.
Here's what you need to know to greatly improve your chances of taking a trophy catfish. Many fishermen think that catching a trophy cat should be fairly easy. We see all the pictures on the internet and magazines showing all these giant catfish. It's true there are lots of trophy catfish caught each year, but it's not as easy as one might think. The good news is that more and more big catfish are being released after they are weighed, measured and photographed. Catch and release improves everybody's chances of catching a trophy catfish.


Where Is The Best Place To Catch A Trophy Catfish?


You can target big blue catfish and big flathead catfish in many large river systems and reservoirs in the Midwest, South and Eastern United States.

The Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and James River systems all contain World Record Class Catfish. Lake Texoma , Lake Marion, and Lake Moultrie also hold World Record Class Catfish. Most larger river systems and lakes hold trophy class cats from 30-50 pounds. You can catch them in smaller rivers and lakes but your best chances are in the bigger waters.



Some Santee Cooper Blue Cats

Gary Turner with two blue catfish caught in July on Lake Marion, Santee Cooper.
Gary Turner with two blue catfish caught in July on Lake Marion, Santee Cooper.

Best Time to Fish for Giant Catfish

When Is The Best Time Of Day To Fish For Giant Catfish?


There are several factors here such as season and moon phase, but generally in the summer months you can target blue catfish both day and night with good results. The flathead catfish are generally much more active at night, with many larger fish caught around midnight to 3 am. Full moon nights can be slow, so pass on these if you can reschedule to another night. Flatheads can be caught at any time day or night, but your chances are much greater at these peak times.


What Are The Best Months To Catch Trophy Catfish?


If you are chasing giant blue and flathead catfish, the summer months, when the water levels are generally lower, is the best time to target them. The warmer water makes the catfish more active and feed more. Another great season to catch big blue catfish is in the winter when most fishermen are waiting for spring to come. Those that know this secret are out killing themselves reeling in the big blues. It's a blast. This season is normally from November to January and sometimes extends into February.

Flatheads often will feed aggressively from late September through late October as they fatten up for the winter. The flathead catfish fishing slows through the winter and picks up again in the spring.



Gary Turner with a nice Flathead Catfish

Gary Turner with a nice Flathead Catfish
Gary Turner with a nice Flathead Catfish

Good Fat Blue Catfish

Gary Turner with a good Santee Cooper Blue Catfish.
Gary Turner with a good Santee Cooper Blue Catfish.

Where Will The Giant Catfish Be?



Where Will The Giant Catfish Be Lurking?

Flathead catfish like deep holes with cover on the outside edges of the rivers bends. Look for large logjams, cast under the edges and let your bait drift in and then hang on. If the outside bends are too strong to fish try to find some inside bends with less current to fish.


In large lakes and reservoirs look for the big flatheads in areas with lots of cover, submerged brush piles, or stumps. They often travel in old river and creek channels in these lakes and reservoirs. Often at night they will travel these channels emerging at the edge of shallows where they come to feed. Position yourself along these areas and wait for them to arrive.


Blue catfish will often be found in similar areas as the flathead catfish.

The blues can sometimes also be found a little deeper along drop-offs and ledges.


For more information on How to Catch Big Catfish,

See Part 2 of this article. How to Catch Big Catfish Part 2

Night Fishing for Big Blue Catfish

Gary Turner with a good blue catfish caught while night fishing on Santee Cooper.
Gary Turner with a good blue catfish caught while night fishing on Santee Cooper.

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Another Nice Flathead!

Another Nice Flathead Catfish! Gary Turner fishing on Santee Cooper!
Another Nice Flathead Catfish! Gary Turner fishing on Santee Cooper!

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jordan 7 years ago

you semm to be a great fisherman


JAMES ATKINSON 7 years ago

I LOVE CAT FISHING, I HAVE CAUGHT A FEW BIG BLUES BUT NOT CONSISTENT. I AM 75 YEARS YOUNG. WE HAVE POSSIBLE WORLD RECORD FISH HERE. I WANT TO KNOW HOW TO IMPROVE MY CAT FISH KNOWLEDGE.


dangeydang@yahoo.com 7 years ago

My name is Connor and I am 11. Can you tell me how to attach my hook and sink weight for catching big catfish. Thanks


JTB 7 years ago

some catfish are really smart they will sit at the deep side of a dock and at night they will come on the shallow side because theres tonz of little fish there that are perfect for cats so i would fish with minnows on a shallow side of the dock at night but the one that i cought was smaller like 5 pounds but i could care less because i love to catch catfish.


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Gone Fishin Club 7 years ago Author

Hello Connor, I sent you an email and did a hubpage for you, hope this helps and you catch a monster catfish. If you do email me a picture to gary(at)gonefishinclub.com

the hubpage is http://hubpages.com/sports/Rigs-for-Catching-Big-C...

Thanks Gary


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cjmo75 6 years ago from Tempe, Arizona

Wow! Great looking catfish! The biggest one I've caught ws only an 8lb Channel Cat. Nothing like that monster!


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Gone Fishin Club 6 years ago Author

cjmo75

Hello, what state are you catfishing in? What is your favorite catfish bait there? Thanks for the comment.

Good Luck out there.

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Big_Blue 6 years ago

I've been fishing in Cedar River and the Mississippi River around southeast Iowa all my life and never caught any monsters like that. I like to use Sonny's Blood Dip Bait but the most i ever catch is a 5 or 6 pound channel cat. I've caught 8+ pound blue cats and flatheads on night crawlers but i want to catch a monster. What should I change to be more successful?


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Gone Fishin Club 6 years ago Author

Big_Blue, thanks for the question, just off the top of my head I would say try some bigger live baits and maybe some good size cut baits- bream heads work real well for big blues.Try to catch some live baits that are natural to the waters you are fishing. Are there any dams in the areas you fish? If so try fishing the first good wash hole downstream of the dams, big cats like to wait there for coming down from the dam. Let me know if this helps and if not let me know and I will try to get you more info for your area. Are you a member of Gone Fishin Club, if not you can join for free and can email me direct from there. I will also look through Katmasters and see if I can find more info on your area and fish. It is a very good catfishing club also.

What specific towns or locations are you fishing near? Thanks, Gary

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dawson 6 years ago

when i go catfishing i use cut baits, liver iv even tried dip baits but nothin seems to work really good we might catch 1 or 2 fish 3-6 pounds but we never find the wright bait ........ caan u help ????


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Gone Fishin Club 6 years ago Author

Hello Dawson, what part of the country and what lakes or rivers are you fishing in? Also the cats you are catching what kind are they?


tom butler 6 years ago

Ive been flat head fishing for quite some time now. My favorite target area,s are fast water with big rocks to hide behind (dam tail waters). 40 pound fish are what i usualy average in these area,s 63 pounds is my best fish to date. The best advice I have for any angler looking for big cats is gear up for it. When that slunger hits (and boy do they HIT) you will be glad you did.When fishing big cats bigger IS better! I am starting out on the moster blue hunt any advice would be greatly apriciated.


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Gone Fishin Club 6 years ago Author

Hello Tom, well you are on the right track as far as gear. I agree with bigger is definitely better for big cats, especially if you are fishing areas with lots of underwater timber and structure. As for the big blues, I would start out using some good chunks of cut bait, best if it is a local fish you can catch there and chunk. Heads also work good for blues. I usually put these on the bottom or suspended right above it just like for flatheads. What rigging are you using for the flatheads? For river fishing the flounder rig or a modification of it works good. Right now is a great time to catch some big blues. What state are you fishing in?


stefen peterson 6 years ago

hello my name is stefen and im wating to catch monster catfish out of rivers and pay lakes. last time i went to a pay lake i lost three cats. and i just wanna know some few tips and good baits i could use.


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Gone Fishin Club 6 years ago Author

Hello Stefen, Ok, so when you say " you lost 3 cats" do you mean your line broke or they came off the hook or ??? If the line broke go up a few test, if the hooks came out try Gamakastu circle hooks, yes, there is some debate about how well these hooks work but as far as catfishing goes for me it's the only hook in my tackle boxes.

As far as catching the monsters, how big are the cats in these pay lakes you are fishing in? In my experience pay lake fish behave a little different than your river fish most of the time. One thing is the pay lakes usually feed their fish so they are not naturally feeding like your river monsters, but also the cats in pay lakes do seem to all start hitting together at times and you might catch 2 or 3 big ones in the same day and not see a bite any other day that week. Again that's the pay lake habits I have seen. The best all around pay lake bait here for the big cats seems to be bream heads. Some homemade stink baits also have been effective. When you do catch that monster please send me a picture, you can email me at gary ?(at) gonefishinclub.com Thanks, Gary

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Gary


thaddeus 6 years ago

Hi I do alot of catfishing and i fish on a lake in wisconsin. The lake is manmade and is a damed river. I have been fishing from the dock at night with bluegills and have caught 1 flathead 22lb and a ton of channels all over 10lb. I honestly have not caught 1 fish out of about 15 under 10lb but these channels are weird looking they are very dark no spots whatsoever and im positive there are no blues this far north. Is there a reason they are so dark? Another question what is the best rig for live bait? Like large bluegill and perch for instance.


xtrememx98 6 years ago

Hi Gary, I am fishing the Edistow river at Good Hope Landing in Cottageville South Carolina (Colleton county)

are you familiar with this site? I am trying to catch catfish here and the river is flowing pretty good, I have been trying nightcrawlers,green worms, and live shad but nothing seems to be working. There is a small mouth that forks off to the right and goes back into a cove like setting with a few logs and tree shading at the point of the moving water/still water split. I tried by the logs and had no luck. Is there any suggestions you can give me for this type setting bait wise or rig wise? There are multiple sand bars and looks like some dark trenches between the sand bars in the middle of the river also. I usually fish in the mid morning to mid afternoon. It is hot and humid in the 90 degree range.


Colton 6 years ago

Hey i am about to go fishing in a lake called "Englebright Lake" Its located in northern California. I am leaving this wednsday and i realy need some tips on where to catch them. So far ive got my 6" ugly stick with 15lb test and a 10lb leader, i am thinking of maby a 3-4oz wieght. And my main bait was going to be chicken liver, but i have read that the cut baits work better, so for a cut bait i could just catch a bluegill cut it up, hook a peace on and thro it out? About how far from shore too? This is a pretty cold lake and verry narrow, it comes from the bottom of lake Bereyessa. Oh and there is about a 200-300 foot stetch of sand for the boat-in camping and then pretty steep rocky points. Should i try the sand of the rocky points? Thanks!

-Colton


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Gone Fishin Club 6 years ago Author

Hello Thaddeus,

Thanks for the question, are they flathead catfish? They could be channels, sometimes water conditions will make the catfish very dark colored. The channels there can be very dark bluish to olive green. But they could be flathead catfish. They are often dark green colored also. The Flatheads have a square tail and the channel will have a deep fork. Flatheads also have small eyes and of course flat ot shovel shaped heads. As for the bait rigging, if are dropping down to the bottom directly over the side of the boat can place a weight at the bottom and the put a side line off and hook the bait fish through the body behind the dorsal fin, this way the bait is suspended in a natural swimming position. This will also be very effective if using big bobbers. I use this often when fishing lakes 6-12 feet deep, setting the bobber about 4 feet off the bottom then working lower until I find the fish. If you are using a slip sinker or Carolina rig, you can hook the bluegill through the mouth with the hook pointing back to the front main line through the meaty part of the tail. With all of these make sure your hook is sharp and you have plenty of gap between the body and the hook point. If this didn't answer your question please feel free to reply with another comment. Thanks, Gary

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Gone Fishin Club 6 years ago Author

Hello xtrememx98, I have not fished that area you are at but a couple of ideas come to mind to try. Try fishing in the evening and at night some if you can. Try stickbaits, some cut bait, herring, shad, bluegill and see if you have any luck with those. One thing I have learned about catfish is they are a lot like cats sometimes - finicky about what they want for lunch. One day they hit worms like a missle and the next it is shrimp or cut bait. So try out some different baits and see if you can find what they are hungry for. The fish will be all over but the dark trenches is a good place to let a bait set and send scent downstream, also those logs may very well be holding some nice cats, may just be a flavor thing there too. Change up the baits and let me know how you do. Good Luck,

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    Greg townsend 6 years ago

    Hey my name is Greg and I was wondering what advice you might have for lake fishing for catfish. I fish on lake Hartwell on the GA-SC border. I have been using 1in shad and cut up bream that seem to work pretty well for fish 4-8lbs. I know there are bigger fish in the lake and i was wonder where i should look for them and how i should catch them?


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    Hello Greg, What areas of Lake Hartwell are you fishing? I'm guessing these fish you are catching are channel cats? Have you tried the areas around Eighteen-Mile and Coneross creeks? For the bigger flatheads I would try live bream hooked between the dorsal and the tail right behind the dorsal, just lower these down into some of the old creek and river channel areas and see if a big flathead doesn't come by. Also on windy days go to the side where the wind is pounding up the mudd and fish that stain line, even in 1-4 of water you will often find good size cats here feeding. Blueback herring are a good oily cut bait for big blues. How are you setting the hook? There are two ways I like, one put the rod in the holder with the bait clicker on and when he takes it let him run, when he stops wait-- when he starts running again grab it and set the hook. The second is to have the drag set fairly heavy and using Gamakatsu 8/0 or 10/0 circle hooks, when he runs the line tension pulls these super sharp hooks to the corner of his mouth and he is hooked. One note on hooks also, I know those hooks sound kinda big but you need plenty of open gap when you use big baits so there is room left to hook the fish. Well I hope this helps some, if it doesn't please let me know and I will be glad to answer any questions I can.

    Oh and if you need a fishin buddy one afternoon let me know, I'd be glad to drive over and catch a few with you. Thanks, Gary

    "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner


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    Gone Fishin Club 6 years ago Author

    Hello Greg,

    two more quick things, if it is not windy look for some of the deeper holes and good cover, fallen trees and structure, also I don't know if you saw this Hubpage-

    https://skyaboveus.com/fishing/How-To-Catch-Big-Ca...

    It has more information on big baits.

    Thanks, Gary


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    Gone Fishin Club 6 years ago Author

    Hello Alex Gadino, sorry for the delay in response, I was in Alaska doing a little camping and fishing myself. If you have already completed this trip please write back and let us know how you did. If not I would Carolina rig at least 2 oz and see where you have to go from there, depending on how swift it is. Ideally you can find a dead fall or some other water break to put you bait behind, let it sit there putting off scent downstream and see what happens. Add fresh bait fairly often, 30 minutes or so, and if you have tried a spot for awhile and no hits or bait chewing try another, river fishing can be even more spot specific than lake fishing, the cats are often holding up in or under cover and in bottom pits and holes. Ok, well best of luck to you and congratulations for getting out and enjoying the great outdoors.

    "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner


    Koble 4 years ago

    what size hook are you using for large cats, i assume your using j hook?


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    Gone Fishin Club 4 years ago Author

    Hey Koble, thanks for your question, actually I use Circle hooks, most of the time 8/0 but occasionally 10/0 if I have really big baits!

    "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner


    Anthony Gregory 4 years ago

    ...sorry, forgot my manners with that last email. Would you like to help me break the state record? Google Lake Powell! Picture Mars with water. Mad Max and water world combined. I fish the north end of the lake where it's fed by the Colorado River. If ya want to go, let me know!!!

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      Mattz11 6 years ago

      Hi I Love to catch catfish but i usually fish in a local catfish farm can u give me some tips for fishing for them?


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      Gone Fishin Club 6 years ago Author

      Hello Josh M, thank you for your comment, I like the foil line marker idea, yes that is a good approach to let the big flatheads eat the bait then when they start their take off run you have them. What part of the country are you catfishing in? Besides chubs what are some of your other favorite baits? Again thanks for the comment and look forward to hearing from you again soon.

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner

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       6 years ago

      Hello Matt, I don't see where I replied to this question so I am responding now. If you are fishing the local catfish farm I am taking that to mean farm ponds. I have fished lots of farm ponds, does it have a mix of channels and bullheads? You should be able to catch them on worms, nightcrawlers or reg wigglers work well. Premade baits from stores like Wal-Mart work well to, we use the chicken liver and nightcrawler flavors. Just plain liver works well some days too. One thing I have learned that is odd about farm pond fishing is how they are selective about what they want. I suggest putting out 3 baits if possible, see which they like, when oyu find that you can fish more with it. Then if the bite slows on it add 2 different baits again. I have rotated like 5 different baits on an afternoon and wore the fish out. An example would be- red wigglers, cut bream, catawba worms, pre-made liver baits and hot dog chunks.

      Good Luck, let me know how you do. Thanks for your question, have a great day! Gary


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      Gone Fishin Club 5 years ago Author

      This was posted by fellow fisherman Will,

      Will 8 days ago

      Been fishing for channel cats the last few years in lake Wallenpaupack. I've gotten pretty good at it too! I fish for cats between midnight and 5 am, trust me it's by far the best time to go. I regularly catch 8+ lb cats on gulp dough stink bait (mostly bloody bloody), and dead herring. I've had most my luck on the dead herring, especially this past week when I landed a 17 lb. Channel cat at 3am! Nearly 3 ft. Long it's my biggest catch in the lake to date, and I've been fishing it my whole life! From what I hear that's about half as big as they actually get in paupack. I hear stories of 35 lb cats around 44 inches long. Let's see if I can get one this week:)


      mike b. 5 years ago

      Curious about some good cat fishing tips. We fish the cumberland river in clarksville Tn. Recently our luck has changed for the worse. Looking for good bait choices and how we should decide when to fish. New to boat fishing and loving it. Relearning how to fish now.


      Tom-F-Fisher 5 years ago

      Hi, great information! I dont know how much you can help< but im fishing in the schuylkill river in southeast PA (if you dont know, its a large river home to some world class catfish). I have been getting a lot of channels, but i want to catch mor flatheads. Im using a live bluegill in the middle of the night in deep water, but i cant seem to catch any. Any information would be awsome. Thanks,

      Tom


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      Gone Fishin Club 5 years ago Author

      Hello Mike B., I was up at Nashville earlier in the week, little further and I would have been right there with ya. River fishing can be tough at times like all fishing! Lets see what we can do to turn the tide in your favor! With the summer heat we are having in Georgia and Tennessee the fish are biting better at night for the most part. Are you seeing any good holes with some structure in the holes. Are there any logjams or large deadfalls along the section of river you are fishing? Find some good holes with some structure, usually the more structure the more and bigger fish there will be. You may have to run some river to find these good holes, deep holes with rocks, logs, natural rock ledges.

      OK, So when you find these good holes anchor off a good bit above them. You can float baits in or bounce them in off the bottom with the current, try both and see what happens. Fish the area ahead of the hole, the hole itself, through the hole and the eddies that are often behind it, lots of times fish will be resting there and if you put lunch in their mouth they will take it.

      Bait- this is pretty crucial when the fish are hard to find and being picky, for channels and blues I would recommend whatever you can catch in that river for bait. Creek chubs, bluegills, sunfish, carp, buffalo... cut them up for channels and blues or fish some of them live for bigger blues. For flatheads use them live, they really like sunfish because they are a lively bait! Please always check your local regs on baitfish!

      If you are night fishing on the river make sure you follow safety advice and precautions, I have night fished and it can get exciting really fast when the fish are biting and when storms blow up!

      I hope you catch some big ones and if I can help more let me know, you can reach me here or at the Gone Fishin Club.

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime"

      Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner

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      Gone Fishin Club 5 years ago Author

      Hello Tom, thanks for your question, lets see if I can help you land some nice flatheads!!! I love catching big flatheads, they are such an awesome fish to tangle with! I use blueglls all the time and they work great for flatheads, maybe there are other baitfish in your section of river they are keying on? Do you have the little sunfish or greenies there? Flatheads love them too. Chubs are a good choics and shad, whatever it is fish it live for flatheads, yes I have caught them on dead ones but I have had tons more luck on live, more frisky the better! If the croak you can use them for cut bait then. But go with live bait first. The deep water you are fishing, does it have any structure to it, rocks, ledges, stumps, trees, something to make the fish feel at home? Are there some dams you can fish below? Fish the edge of the hole where the dam comes in, right where ti starts into the river, next find the first good hole below the dam and fish it, it usually will hold some good fish. Ut sounds like you are on the right track, flatheads love to fed at night, and they like deep water too, just need to fine tune your spot and you should be reeling in some monsters soon, when you catch a monster shoot me a pic!!!

      Also I don't know if you saw this Hubpage-

      http://hubpages.com/hub/How-To-Catch-Big-Catfish-T

      It has more information on big baits.

      if you have more questions don't hesitate to contact me!

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner

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      Tom-F-Fisher 5 years ago

      Thanks a lot for you help. The area where i fish the most is a deep hole between a bridge, and a few small islands, but other than the steep bank of the islands and the bridge, im not sure how much structure there is the in deep water itself. I dont have a depth finder or anything that would help me find structure under the surface. Like you said, i just need to fine tune my fishing, and find a spot that produces fish. There's a dam not too far from where i fish (black rock dam) and i hear people catch a lot of fish around there, and i try that next. one more question i have though, like i said, i fish near a bridge, and it looks like a great place to catch fish, but i cant seem too. The bridge is a bridge for a highway, so its pretty noisy. Do you think that that would scare the fish away? i wouldn't think it would, but i cant even catch channels there. I have fished there 3 or 4 times, and have not caught anything, so ill probably give up on that area, but im just curious if its the noise of the bridge, or something else i dont know about. thanks again for your time!


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      Gone Fishin Club 5 years ago Author

      Hey Tom, try the places near the dam where they are catching fish. Do you have a GPS, the other thing you can do is start marking all the spots you do catch fish. Now this next thing I am going tell you goes both ways with fishing folks. Next time you are out fishing and you see somebody fishing just ask them if they are catching anything. Yes some will look at you like you are nuts, some will straight out lie to you, but most will tell if they are or aren't. You could also tell them that you don't have a depth finder and are just looking for some good structure to fish. If they are striper or bass fishing they usually won't care if you fish those spots for catfish. As for the bridge, I don't really know, you can catch fish under busy bridges, so maybe it is something else. If you have a chance try fishing for bait, like bream around that bridge and see what you get. If there is no bait holding around that bridge then move on to the next spot.

      Good Luck Tom, let me know how you do.

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner

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      Tom-F-Fisher 5 years ago

      Thanks again for all you help, and next time i'll go to the dam, and ask around. i'll let you know as soon as i have some luck. Until then, good fishing!


      mike b. 5 years ago

      Well looks like the fishinClub advise paid off. I had posted some Q's about the cumberland in clarksville TN. about a month ago and the response/advise was right on the money. I have fished this area for a while, and had no luck with the flathead. This time armed with the know how to look for them we struck gold. I didn't catch any 25 pounders, but I managed to reel in three 3+ pounders. The most flatheads I have caught ever. We scouted some high rocks on the bank, anchored about 25 yards up stream and fished our way down. Normally I would have just written off these strange looking cats, but the fight from even the smaller ones made my week. Thanks a million for taking the time to help me to understand how to hunt them down, And thanks even more for turning me onto the Flathead. Fan for life. Mike B.


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      GogoCatfish 5 years ago from i live on planet pluto

      how do i catch a 50-40 lb. blue


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      Gone Fishin Club 5 years ago Author

      Hey Mike B. I posted a response but the internet monsters ate it, lol.Thanks for your reply back on your success. Congrats on your fist flatheads, glad we could help. Keep doing that and in your area you should bump into some bigger flatties. Let us know when you catch some monsters, email me pics and I will post them too. We love flatheads of all sizes, yes they have some spunk don't they. Let me know if you have any more questions.

      Tight Lines, Gary


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      Gone Fishin Club 5 years ago Author

      Hello GogoCatfish,

      If you can please write back and tell me where you are fishing, State and river or lake will help me hone in on helping you. Generally the best 2 things I can tell you at this point are:

      1. Use tackle sized for the quarry you are after, see the Hubpage I did on rods, reels and tackle for monster cats.

      2. Use cut bait, if you can catch some fresh gizzard shad or bream or herring where you are fishing cut them in chunks and use that for bait. The chunks can be fair sized but don't have to be. With a hand sized bream you can cut off the tail, angle cut off the head and then use the head and body for bait.

      If you can please write back and give me a general area of where you are fishing.

      Good Luck Gogocatfish, let me know how you do.

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner

      www.GoneFishinClub.com


      Cole Palmer 5 years ago

      I just wanta say I have fished all my life and if your looking for a fun day of Catfishing or for that matter any fish really I would take a look at a trip to Reelfoot lake! travel their once a year last year we killed it went late june kinda warm but we managed... The lake is only about 4 feet deep all through out it. There is also a drop off about 25-30 feet on the west side of the lake great vegitation for fish to hide. I was fishing for Brim and was fighting off catfish to get to them!!!! Good luck fishing!


      Cole Palmer 5 years ago

      Also you know how you mentioned something about farm raised catfish are picky day by day. I just gotta say you are spot on about that. Started fishing our local lake and I relizied they dont go after they select one of the baits i used. Went to wal-mart bought i'd say 5-6 premade baits and combination of liver worms ect just need to figure out what they want at that particular time.


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      Gone Fishin Club 5 years ago Author

      Hey Cole Palmer, welcome to our hubpage, thanks for your comments. You are refering to Reelfoot Lake, near Tiptonville Tenn. It's in the northwest corner of the state near the Kentucky line. Yes it offers some great fishing and a great outdoor environment just to get out and get away. They also have some very large carp and buffalo in that lake, see a pic here of some really big ones, http://www.knoxnews.com/news/2009/may/10/giant-car... Again thanks for your comments and good luck fishing,

      Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner


      cadenstroemer@gmail.com 5 years ago

      ok me and my dad got a master angler (i think I spelled that right) but anyways I am 12 and I know I want to fish all my life but as you was saying me and my dad got 2 master anglers and we got them on hotdogs at like midnight. I was wondering what is your fav baite to use and on what rig.


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      Gone Fishin Club 5 years ago Author

      Hello Caden, great questions, congratulations on getting your Master Angler, were they channel cats you caught and in what state?

      For channel cats hotdogs are a great bait,liver is good, I also like Magic Baits nightcrawler flavor bait. You can get it at most Wal Marts.

      For flatheads I like to use live bream or bullheads.

      With blues I like to use fresh cut bait, like cut shad or bream. When I catfish my 2 favorite riggings are the carolina rig and I also float baits under a bobber. A great place to get catfishing supplies if you need them is your local Walmart or if you need specialty weights and stuff try http://www.bottomdwellerstackle.com

      Check out another hub I did on some more baits I like to use. https://skyaboveus.com/fishing/How-To-Catch-Big-Ca...

      Good Luck!!! Let me know how you do! If you have more questions you can ask them here or contact me through the GoneFishinClub.com Contact page.

      Gary "Gone Fishin" Club


      JamesRiverVA 4 years ago

      Hey let me start off by first saying I love the page, and that I've learned A LOT!! I would say I'm an intermediate fisher, been doing it for about ten years. I live in Williamsburg, Virginia and love to fish in the James River. I can not for the life of me seem to pull off any cats over 20-22lbs. though. I've used cut bait, mostly shad, or re-hooked bulls or perch from the river. Recently I've brought in a lot of 10-15lb. cats but rarely ever pull in 20's. Also, I know it's nice to fish winter for Blue cats(which is what I'm going for.) on a count of no one else will go fishing. I also just found a nice spot that is a canal that leads out to a massive part of the James and pulled in a 14lb. cat yesterday, and I'm wondering if I should keep trying this canal, or test my luck in more open water which in the past has failed. California rig/bottom rig are the two I usually use. Do you have any tips to find these 30-50lb. giants? I know they're for sure in the James River, but I can't find them! How to I step my game up? Any help is appreciated, thanks and good luck on the water!

      "Fish on!"


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      Gone Fishin Club 4 years ago Author

      Hello JamesRiverVA, thanks for your question, lets see if I can steer you in the right direction to hook up on a big cat. First are you fishing with the tides, moving water often seems to trigger the fish into a feeding mood. If you fish a spot on the in tide also try that same spot on the out tides if you can, it may funnel the water and hold fish better only on one tide. Fish over structure, it may be something on the bottom or a place where the bottom has dropoffs or humps. Baits,the usual cut baits and possibly some live baits, white perch, eels, bluegills might be worth a try. If you have several poles out mix it up, some small cutbait, some big chunky cutbait and a couple of live baits may be the trick to find your monster cat. Hope this helps some. Let me know how you do.

      Good Luck

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner

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      Gone Fishin Club 4 years ago Author

      Hello Ethan, ok, so I did find a picture of a 26 pound channel catfish that came out of Shasta Lake in 2010. So there is hope of catching some very nice catfish out of the lake, if you can use some quarter size chunks of bream or shad for these fish, live minnows are also good. Check state regs on using bream and other baits. Still don't know the records for that lake but at least now we know there are some big cats in there! :)


      Aaron 4 years ago

      I'm currently fishing the Nodaway river in missouri using 8" or better bluegill. I thought it a bit early for flathead but Saturday I landed a 12 pounder. There was an 81 lb flat pulled out of the hole I'm fishing last October. What's the likelihood of another of that caliber being in the same hole? Whenever I catch a 30+ flat, that hole is usually dead for a few weeks. Over the winter I'm not sure if they have been moving much.


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      Gone Fishin Club 4 years ago Author

      Hello Aaron, thanks for your question. Flatheads do often go into a hibernation type winter mode, that being said they also come out of it at times during the winter. One factor that seems to get them moving during the winter is the amount of current and new water moving. Often if there is lots of rain and the water rises the flatties will go on the feed for a bit. As for the river holes, the biggest cats will always use the best holes so if an 81 pounder was pulled pout of a hole last fall there is a good chance there could be another big one in there or coming soon. Unless the structure has changed or the hole has silted in. One thing that makes the holes replinish with cats is again the river being up. After big rains fish those spots again and see if a new monster cat hasn't moved into the old honey hole. Good Luck, let us know how you do.

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner

      www.GoneFishinClub.com


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      Gone Fishin Club 4 years ago Author

      Hello Robert,

      can you give me a little more information, where are you fishing now, what baits have you tried? Please reply and I will see what I can do to help you catch some more big catfish!

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner

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      Gone Fishin Club 4 years ago Author

      From Robert: I'm fishing at Cedar Creek Lake in Texas. I have three bait casting outfits with 3 to 1 gear ratio, I use circle hooks and octopus hooks with a slip sinker rig. I gave tried worms perch shad marshmallows corn a lot if stuff, we have a bunch of turtles at our lake too.

      I live in tool I fish in Tool and Kemp. I fish from the shore. I caught the catfish on catfish Charlie's stink bait one little red ball of it on a circle hook. It ran with my bait I heard the bait clicker and pulled my pole up and it hooked.


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      Gone Fishin Club 4 years ago Author

      Hello Robert, thanks for the info. I would try to find some deep areas you can cast too. Also if you know of any structure there, make sure you work around it. I would try live small bluegills (check local regulations)and also bluegill chunks, maybe quarter size. Chicken livers may also work well, and try the earthworm flavor Magic Bait, you can get it a most WalMarts. It has been a good one on some lakes here. The live baits do seem to attract the bigger fish. The stink bait will call all sizes so you may catch lots but maybe not big ones. Give some of those a try and see what happens. Let us know or if you have more questions let me know.

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner

      www.GoneFishinClub.com


      Matt Sorenson 4 years ago

      Hi, I am fishing this missouri river between sioux city,Iowa and Omaha, Nebraska and cant seem to catch any big fish. I have tried throw lines with live carp, bluegill, goldfish, bullhead, and shad all with no luck. I threw out sum cut bait and have caught several 10-12 pound channels but am looking for something bigger any advice would be great thanks.


      Raider1050 4 years ago

      Hello Gary, I was wondering if you know anything about crab orchard lake in southern Illinois? I guess I have always fished for catfish of and on. Now instead of meat on the table, I want to go after the big ones, catch & release I hear there are some big flatheads in crab. Just getting ready to to try circle hooks for the first time, blue gill for bait.

      Any information you may have would be apprciated. pass along any suggestions Please & Thanks


      fizz 4 years ago

      Hi i am in ohio i been fishing for big cats for a few years now and been doing well but this year the bite has been slow and long nights with no bites i am looking to catch blues but ive only got 1 this year any tips to help me get more fishing a lake thats about 70 foot deep should i fish deeper ?? I know the bluesare off thar spawn and the flatheads just went on thar soo any ideas??


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      Gone Fishin Club 4 years ago Author

      Hello Matt Sorenson, sorry I missed your question earlier, found it today when I was checking my box. Hope your fishing had improved since you wrote me. Please write me at gary @ gonefishinclub.com next time if my reply is not timely. I have been fishing a bunch this summer too and the bite has not been what it usually is.

      I often use large live baits for the bigger flatheads and blues, that said sometimes the big blues also prefer quarter size (25 cents) chunks or a bream that has been cut in 3 chunks head, middle gut and tail. Throw the tail away, use the head and the gut pouch piece.

      What kind of structure and water are you catching those channel cats in?

      Structure is key, even if the catfish are not biting you still need to find them, then you can try to entice them or hope they turn on!

      Are you bank fishing or in a boat?

      Either way try to find some dead falls, holes, logjams and good structure.

      OK, another week has past and I still have not finished this thought, going to go ahead and publish this and look for some more posts addressed to you, again my apologies.

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime"

      Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner

      www.GoneFishinClub.com


      Jayne 4 years ago

      Gone fishing club:

      I have been fishing Kerr lake in North Carolina. We have a dam here called the John Kerr Dam and has been known for hooking monster cats (100+ lbs). I have been drift fishing with 30lb test using 3/4 oz. weight usually with cuts of shad, chicken liver, or whole shad letting them sit on the bottom or slightly above, however, I only catch 5lb blues or channel fish. I stay around shore lines with vegetation beloe and stumps around. I have never caught anything in the deeper more open waters. And not having luck at the dam. I use either a treble hook or a single hook and still am not catching anything significant. I fish anywhere from 10pm to 4am. Ig you can offer any advice it would be greatly appreciated! Thanks for your time.


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      Gone Fishin Club 4 years ago Author

      Hello Raider1050,

      better late than never may not be totally applicable here as your fishing season has progressed while I have been behind on my mail. That said and my apologies for not getting back to you faster, my personal email is gary @ gonefishinclub.com minus the spaces, lets talk about your situation. I am hoping by now you have caught several big cats!!!

      I am not familiar with your lake specifically but did a little research and there are big catfish to be caught there! I saw several over 30 pounds and a pic of one 62 pounder. http://www.heartlandoutdoors.com/photo/story/augus...

      Live bluegills on circle hooks are my method of choice for big flatheads and blues. Rig them carolina style with a short 12"-18" leader if there is cover and structure, 18"-24" if it is more open water. This keeps them from getting around limbs and logs and rocks, if they keep getting you hung up shorten the leader. Also have had some success with bluegill fillets put on circle hooks with the same rig. Hooks, I prefer an 8/0 and 10/0 if I am using big baits. I was a Gamakatsu man for years but have changes to hooks from Bottom Dwellers Tackle now,

      http://www.BottomDwellersTackle.com

      By now you have most likely gotten the hang of the hooks, but just in case, when the rod goes down just start reeling, if it was bent good he most likely has hooked himself. Keep reeling even if it feel like there is no fish, sometimes he is hooked and headed toward the boat, you will catch up to him. One great hing about circle hooks is when they are in the don't fall out easy! Another is they are ideal for releasing big fish.

      I'm sure that didn't answer all you questions but it is a start, Let us know if you have more questions.

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner

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      Gone Fishin Club 4 years ago Author

      Hello Fizz, hope your fishing has improved and you have caught some great big catfish by now, my reply is not as timely as either of us would like, I apologize about that. I took off to Alaska for several weeks and spent lots of time fishing and not online.

      That said, lets look at your situation. This seems to have been a funny year for many of us catfishing, they want to nibble and soft bite many more days than they want to tackle baits and run like they usually do. I don't pretend to have a great explanation for this, only that I have heard it from many fishermen and seen it myself lots of days.

      Be it caused by weather, water temps, fish gorging then not hungry for days on end, I don't know but I do know eventually they do feed and when they have the real munchies they will take down some baits.

      So what to do on the days when they only want to nibble?

      The water depth may not be the issue, they will move back to deeper water after spawn but they still will come up shallow sometimes to feed.

      First thing, are you on fish, can you see them on your fishfinder?

      Are you over some good structure that should be holding big catfsih?

      Ok, for this articles sake we will say yes, you are on fish, next the bait, are you using big baits or small baits?

      Mix it up, when the catfish go finicky like that cat on the commercials you got to bring your A-Game. I like to throw the buffet on days like this till if find something they will take.

      If you have read some of this column you know all the crazy baits I will try, for big cats I always like live bait, I will have a live bream, sunnie or shad down there, then put a chunked up bream down there, it should be chunked in head, middle and tail portion. Throw the tail chunk away, hook the head in an eye and then out the top of the head, the hook will hold good this way. Make sure you have good hook gap exposed. On the middle chunk put the hook in the meat center then out the top through the skin.

      Next cut a bream or shad in small quarter (25 cents) chunks, put one of these down, when they are finicky this will get them sometimes. Another good cut bait is to fillet your baitfish and put that on the hook.

      The next is the buffet, try random stuff, hot dog chunks, pepperoni, jerky, Catawba worms, moose lung, whatever you think they might like try it, what have you got to loose, you are sitting there anyway. I caught a 6 pound channel catfish on a thumbnail size piece of pizza crust this week intended for a carp. I fish multispecies a bunch, learn some interesting stuff doing that. I catch more bass fishing for catfish than I do fishing for bass.

      Well like I said I apologize about not answering sooner, hope you catch some real monster catfish, send us a message and some pics.

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner

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      Shaye 4 years ago

      Hi I live in Orlando, FL and I'm not catching any catfish. Hooked 2 of them but they broke my line. Caught 1 that's all. And it seemed it was during a thunderstorm I caught'em and right after one. What's your advice To reel'em in. During the hot humid day you can forget about it.


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      Gone Fishin Club 4 years ago Author

      Hello Shaye, first off be very careful in Central Florida fishing during thunderstorms. If you got broke off twice it is time to go to a bigger test strength line, what test are you using now? I recommend at least 20 pound for catfish of any size, you can get away with less for small channel catfish but even they can go 40 pounds easy. Blues and flatheads can get very big so go as big as you need to to land them. Also work your rod against them by keeping the tip high while reeling in and fighting the fish. Work your drag to keep the line tension lower, it will also wear the fish out so you can land him. As the fish tires increase the drag till you can land him. A net is also a good item to have handy, you never know how big a fish you will hook. Storms often trigger fish to feed but be careful out there in those storms! You have much more lightning there than other places. Hope this helps you land your next monster! Reply back if you have more questions.

      Good Luck, Gary Turner


      Snowman594 3 years ago

      Great Site! I am going fishing in Lake Gaston VA/NC. I have fished here frequently in the past and we rent the very house where the state record blue (for a while) was caught and in the same Roanoke river system where the world record blue was caught so I know the location is good. I typically fish with some smaller shad minnows which are great for smaller cats and then put out one line with either a whole live bream or perch or cut bream or perch. For a rig I use 2oz weight on a slider above 1 or 2 feet of leader. I usually get action on this line but the cat will carry it slowly for a short distance and then drop it. Any tips for improving my rig (should I try a bobber since the water is fairly shallow?) or improving my tactics? I have yet to land a big one and it is very frustrating because I really could not ask for a better location. Thanks.


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      Hello Snowman594, your location sounds great, do you use circle hooks? There are some different thoughts on these hooks but what I like to do is set the drag right where it is hard enough to set the hook but then the fish can still pull some if it is a big one. This video demonstrates drag setting like we do, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lfo03xlfqBs . Once you have the drag set good, a big circle hook, usually I use an 8/0 unless I am going after 100 pounders, then I step up to a 10/0. Are you catching your baitfish in this lake? That seems to help sometimes. Sometimes the big cats will hit smaller quarter size cut baits but most often they seem to like a good sized meal. If crappie are legal baits there, they work very well here. Tell me some more about your fishing after you read all of this and I will see what else might be helpful to you. I know it is long but if you have time reading all the other hubpages I have and the other comments here might be helpful too. Too you success! Hope you hook the next World Record!

      Remember, if you are not going to eat it don't kill it!

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner


      Snowman594 3 years ago

      I have not been using circle hooks but I will for sure now. I think drag may be the key. I have noticed for the smaller cats that when I was leaving the drag loose I got a similar reaction where the bait was carried (sometimes quite far) and dropped but as soon as I tightened it up I started catching them. I was leery of tightening the drag for a big cat because I am often away from my rod. Your solution sounds like a winner. As for the bait fish I buy them from a local tackle shop that catches them in the lake. The bream I use are caught right off the dock. Is live or cut preferable for the really big ones? I see from the other pages that I want to try and maximize the distance between the bait and hook point. Thanks so much for your advice. When I catch a world record I will be sure and credit this page haha


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      Gone Fishin Club 3 years ago Author

      Hello Snowman594, yes try the circle hooks, they will set the hook themselves as they run a high percentage of the time. You will need to make sure your rod is really secure because if you do hook a big one it will pull really hard. I have seen some really nice fishing equipment pulled in the lake by big hard hitting catfish! I love using live baits, whole live bream, live perch, live shad. Whatever your lake has, catch some live and put them on a hook. I also like to use big bobbers in water less than 10 feet deep. Just make sure you check local regs for what live baits are legal. A great place to get catfishing equipment is Bottom Dwellers Tackle .com

      Good Luck, let me know how you do!

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime" Gary "Gone Fishin" Turner


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      Gone Fishin Club 3 years ago Author

      Hello Johnnie, Blounts Landing is supposed to be a good place to find a good mix of fish. If I may ask, what kind of bait are you using? I normally go out of Goat Island when I fish on Lake Marion. I have done some bank fishing there, one thing to consider is are there any creek mouths or changes in the shoreline that may hold fish. If it is just open shoreline and shallow, pick a day when the wind is blowing into the shoreline and making the water muddy. Often the catfish will come up in that stained water and feed. Even when it is less than 2 feet deep. I also have a great time catching perch, shellcrackers and bream on Santee. Tell me a little more about how you are fishing and I will try to see what else I can think of. If you ever decide to take your family on a day on the water with a guide, Capt. Dewayne Proffit runs a great guide service called Takin' It Easy Guide Service out of Goat Island.

      "Tight Lines and Squealin' Reels put a Smile on my face eveytime"

      Gary Turner

      For more cool Catfishing information check out:

      http://www.MaximumCatfishing.com


      jared 2 years ago

      Any info on lake Lanier in GA would be much appreciated! Down for the week from Wisconsin and would love to land a big flathead! Having a hard time with structure and depth.


      TheBonkSta 2 years ago

      Trying to get into some big cats in Southwest Washington area. I hear lacamas lake and round lake which is connected has had some over sized. If anyone has any tips/hints or other areas for big cats in this area please let me know. Also I hear chicken liver works good but have had no success... Worms I have lots of 8 inch cats. Just doing catch and release too. any info would be much appreciated. Thanks!

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