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#11032809 - 08/10/15 12:14 PM Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory
BankAngler50 Offline
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Registered: 03/05/15
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Seem like big cats hunters need a summer thread, so here you go, talk about how you hunt for them big blue in the heat of good old Texas summer.

I'll start, in theory, fish gotta to eat right? So the goal is to catch them when they're actively feeding, sounds simple enough, but why is it much harder to catch big blue in the summer?

I read an old Texoma study where they actually electronically tagged several big blues and monitoring them over a period of time. The researchers were suprised how sedentary those big fish were , some of researchers thought those catfish were dead.... what they found out was that those big cats would stayed immobile all day in the same spot. They'd go feeding briefly then come back to the same spot stay still like a log...

Understanding what they eat in the summer is key... my guess is big gizzard shad in most lakes in the summer. Where and when those shad ball up is where the big blues will be... just my 2 cents.


Edited by Bankfisher50 (08/10/15 12:23 PM)
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#11032863 - 08/10/15 12:26 PM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: BankAngler50]
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Haven't caught many big fish this summer. The eight over twenty I have caught in the last four weeks have been out of 26 to ten ft. All during the day with the lake going down around 2.5 inches a day.
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#11033169 - 08/10/15 02:40 PM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: BankAngler50]
spazm09 Offline
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Registered: 04/16/09
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Loc: Dallas, Tx
Ive caught 3 fish over 10 lbs this summer. All were in 5 fow or less.

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#11033202 - 08/10/15 02:52 PM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: BankAngler50]
mjmetro0719 Offline
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Registered: 10/25/02
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Loc: saginaw,tx
Been a tough summer for me as well, I've been marking some real nice fish but can't seem to get them to take my baits
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#11033230 - 08/10/15 03:01 PM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: BankAngler50]
olenarey87 Offline
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Registered: 10/04/11
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Loc: Parker County
Only caught a few double digit fish this summer. One was in the middle of the day drifting with a large chunk of shad in about 30 ft of water. The other one that comes to mind is my girlfriends that came almost in the exact same spot at about 930 PM. My buddy and I are gonna try to pull a few out of Lake Worth Wednesday evening drifting in the deeper parts of the lake around dark.
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#11033800 - 08/10/15 06:57 PM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: BankAngler50]
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Any water, lake or river, when the water is falling fast the bite slows way down. In a river it may completely stop. Don't know why, it just does.
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#11034858 - 08/11/15 09:39 AM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: spazm09]
BankAngler50 Offline
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Originally Posted By: spazm09
Ive caught 3 fish over 10 lbs this summer. All were in 5 fow or less.
awesome, my kind of fish! At 5 fow, was it cool or warm water?

This summer has been tough for me too, only managed to get one 7 lb'ish channel cat. And a few small blues... been catching palm sized bluegills, just got an air pump arator from Academy, will see how those gills deliver? fish
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#11034864 - 08/11/15 09:44 AM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: BankAngler50]
lambcotx Offline
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Registered: 12/04/10
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With all the rain this year everybody I know has been hammering big blues and yellowcats. We still need a few more rises though.

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#11034963 - 08/11/15 10:12 AM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: BankAngler50]
Big Sam Offline
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Its been tough on the Ar river as well. We been flooded for several months..Just now getting to fish some ..then the 100* heat hit.... i have always been told in large lakes oxygen level goes down as the water temp gets in the 90* range so the big ones probably dont move around a lot...
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#11034972 - 08/11/15 10:16 AM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: lambcotx]
BankAngler50 Offline
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Good to know, are y'all catching them in August? We got too much water in North Texas, fish change their pattern (I have to blame something lol), the new water cover a lot of flats near shore, too deep for me to wade, but too shallow for the bigger fish, water too hot in afternoon when I can fish bang I'm actually waiting for water to drop a couple feet so I can drive my suv to the nearby dropoff laugh
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#11034974 - 08/11/15 10:16 AM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: BankAngler50]
HeavyLead Offline
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Registered: 01/18/14
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Loc: Rowlett, Texas
Originally Posted By: Bankfisher50
Originally Posted By: spazm09
Ive caught 3 fish over 10 lbs this summer. All were in 5 fow or less.
awesome, my kind of fish! At 5 fow, was it cool or warm water?

This summer has been tough for me too, only managed to get one 7 lb'ish channel cat. And a few small blues... been catching palm sized bluegills, just got an air pump arator from Academy, will see how those gills deliver? fish



I was fishing with him a couple of times this summer. We were hammering them in that shallow water. Water wasn't exactly cool, but we were fishing at the north end of Hubbard, and I think we had the advantage of the Lake Lavon release flowing in. We were in the lake a good ways, but fishing in and around the creek channel. I have to wonder if they are still there now that the gates are closed.

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#11034987 - 08/11/15 10:22 AM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: Big Sam]
BankAngler50 Offline
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Originally Posted By: Big Sam
Its been tough on the Ar river as well. We been flooded for several months..Just now getting to fish some ..then the 100* heat hit.... i have always been told in large lakes oxygen level goes down as the water temp gets in the 90* range so the big ones probably dont move around a lot...
You 100% right on oxygen level in hot water, my thought exactly.
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#11035088 - 08/11/15 11:02 AM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: BankAngler50]
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Registered: 03/14/15
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Loc: Dallas, Texas
I've always thought if it's hard for you to breath it's hard for the fish to breath.
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#11035124 - 08/11/15 11:19 AM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: BankAngler50]
cathog Offline
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Registered: 01/26/09
Posts: 1692
Loc: Lone Oak, TX
Best way I know to catch big blues in summer is cover lots and lots of water. The summer bite will never rival the winter bite, but the fish are definitely meaner in the warmer water. Ive caught them during the day and at night, I prefer night because it is easier on me. Fish the highways and catch the fish as they are coming or going.

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#11035203 - 08/11/15 11:53 AM Re: Catching Big Blues in the Summer - in theory [Re: BankAngler50]
Dominoman Offline
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Registered: 10/30/08
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Loc: Dale, Texas
Last Wednesday we had 4 blues over 20#, plus some box fish. Blues were cpr'd
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