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Milkdud

Scoot, if your out there or anyone else who wants to respond. I found a great catfish hole the other night and I have a couple questions. I am not an experienced catfisherman but this hole I found was loaded with smaller catfish. I caught 20-25 fish in a three hour period but no fish was over a pound. Do larger catfish hang around the smaller ones or are they more loner fish? Also when you use Goldeye for bait what part of the fish do you use for bait?

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Milkdud

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Scoot

Dud,

What's up??? How's your summer going? It's good to hear from you.
There's no great answer to your question other than yes, sometimes. I've caught some smaller cats mixed in with larger ones many times. However, I've fished spots just like you mentioned- lots of little kitty's, but no bigguns'. If you're not happy with the size I'd suggest moving on.
As for cutbait, I use just about any part of the goldeye. I prefer not using the tail or the head, but I've seen lots of fish on both of these and some bigguns' too. I usually use about a 2" section of the fish down in this section of the Red, but matching bait size to desired fish has its merits. I'd also suggest scraping up some frogs right now. Hot, hot, hot! Not only are the cats smacking frogs right now, but sometimes you'll stumble into a nice walleye or two with frogs.
Good luck, Milkdud. If you find an excuse to get down to Fargo give me a call and we can hit the water together (476-1850).
Scoot

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Milkdud

Thanks scoot! I will for sure get in touch with you if I get some spare time. With school starting in a few weeks I will be pretty busy for awhile. Good to hear from you and thanks for the response to my questions. Take care and good fishin!

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vern

Hey Milkdud, what were you using for bait? Nightcrawlers, paste baits, dip-baits etc. generally catch the smaller cats. If you weren't already using cut-bait or frogs, then switching might make a big difference. Vern

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Scoot

I assumed since you asked about cutbait that's what you were using. But, I agree with Vern- frogs and cutbait are better big fish baits, without a doubt.
Scoot

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Milkdud

Vern, I was using cutbait to start out with and I kept getting little nibbles but no takers. I then switched to crawlers and I couldn't keep the little ones off. I will try catching some frogs and give them a try. Thanks for your comments!!!!

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fiskyknut

Easiest way to bigger Catfish??? Go North!!!

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fiskyknut

Yes...the further north {lower} you go the bigger the fish average. Given this, I would say it is far easier to get truly BIG ones the further north you fish. I consider the Fargo/Wahpeton area the southern reaches, and plenty of big ones are caught in this area by anglers. I've also seen big ones come out of tribs that must be 100 miles by water from the Red itself, but still, from my experience the fishing gets better and better for large cats the further north you go, no doubt about it.

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