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mrpike1973

Catfish locations on the horseshoe chain?

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mrpike1973

Any one mind telling me have they been shallow or deeper water? Going tomorrow for a bit. I doubt there spawning yet correct?

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Rick G

Water is still a bit cool for channels to start spawning.  Looking for water remps in the low 70s to trigger spawn. 

I would continue to look shallow.... best bet is down trees or brush piles close to shoreline. Slip bobber/ leech or fathead?

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mrpike1973

Thanks Rick! just wanted a general idea where to start. I have not bobber fished much for cats before will give it a try thanks again.

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Rick G
50 minutes ago, mrpike1973 said:

Thanks Rick! just wanted a general idea where to start. I have not bobber fished much for cats before will give it a try thanks again.

Some of my best days for numbers have come from fishing a float and meat.  It's a very effective method for covering alot of water fast. Give each area roughly 10-15min, make multiple casts to fallen trees or brush piles.  If nothing bites, move to the next spot. 

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Whiskerbent

Rick when you say “shallow” are you saying brush in as little as 2-4 feet?  And can a guy be productive in those spots even during the day?  I typically do well daytime fishing the cats on mid depth flats in the spring (usually 6-12ft) but have a hard time finding them once the weeds come in.  I always want to get out and pull lindys with cut bait on the break lines mid summer just haven’t gotten around to it.  Guess maybe I actually need to move shallower

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mrpike1973

Good advice here and thanks Rick got out for a couple hours got 3-4 cats but got real windy and had to cut it short.

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IceHawk

Guys you want cats fish the river section from the 23 bridge to the 49 bridge caught 15 in a hr Sunday in that stretch rigging for eyes. All that was needed is a live bait rig and a crawler couldn't keep them off, 

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Borch

Later in the summer I've caught a lot fishing for bass pitching into the brush and vegetation on the shorelines.  Even got a few on buzz baits in the pads.

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Whiskerbent
1 hour ago, Borch said:

Later in the summer I've caught a lot fishing for bass pitching into the brush and vegetation on the shorelines.  Even got a few on buzz baits in the pads.

That’s crazy, I guess I never realized they would be up that shallow.  

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Mike89
2 hours ago, Borch said:

Later in the summer I've caught a lot fishing for bass pitching into the brush and vegetation on the shorelines.  Even got a few on buzz baits in the pads.

fall fishing is when I like doing that!!!

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