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A few friends and I decided to try our hand at something we've never done before - targeting Channel Catfish through the ice. This definitely proved to be a bit of a challenge and took me out of my comfort zone. After getting a few bites and fish up the hole we started to figure out a method that worked for us. I don't feel like it's the most productive way to catch these fish but it worked out for us that day. At the end of the day everyone in our group caught quite a few fish, had their rods doubled over and left with smiles on our faces. These fish put up a heck of a fight on Walleye gear! I will definitely try to get back up there this season.

 

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Borch

Looks like you had a lot of action.  They are fun to catch on light gear for sure.  Way to figure them out!

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1 hour ago, Borch said:

Looks like you had a lot of action.  They are fun to catch on light gear for sure.  Way to figure them out!

Not nearly as much action as Rick G and Royce right next to us but we were pleasantly surprised! Jigging 6mm tungstens and watching rod tips/spring bobbers is probably not the most productive method but it worked with pretty good success for us. I must have dropped 8 of them halfway up after hooking them, is that common? I could feel them rolling and line popping off their fins so I'd imagine it is pretty common to hook and then lose them.

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Yeah a lot of times you just hook a whisker.  With all the thrashing and rolling some come unbuttoned.  Treble hooks help some but they then take longer to unhook.  I prefer small jigging spoons when they are cooperative.  But simetimes you need to downsize. 

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eyeguy 54

fun time for sure!  amazes me how light they bite at times. Rick G is the man on detecting the bite and I learned a lot from him. And yes when in a catfish tornado those whiskers will make a guy set the hook! LOL  I like the treble hook also.

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