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#11194318 - 10/29/15 06:31 PM Catfishing in cooler water?
Daniel Mtanous Offline
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Registered: 09/08/15
Posts: 212
Loc: Desoto,Texas
Do cat's go deeper or should I expect them to swim up to the shallows for feeding? I haven't been able to catch any since the weather transition. I'm fishing from the bank, fishing in the morning.

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#11194960 - 10/30/15 12:32 AM Re: Catfishing in cooler water? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
fish_hunter Offline
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Registered: 04/24/09
Posts: 437
Loc: Over Here
IMO, You will be fine fishing from the bank, they come up close to feed. Make sure to keep the wind in your face and fresh bait. BTW fishing has not been so good the last few months so just hang in there and they will come.

I have caught fish both deep and shallow in the fall and winter. On real cold days target the deeper water, if the Sun is out and is warming up the shallow water they may come up there to feed as well.
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#11195338 - 10/30/15 09:20 AM Re: Catfishing in cooler water? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
YAKaddict Offline
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Registered: 11/02/14
Posts: 464
Loc: Plano


Thats a nice bicep youre sporting!!!

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#11197276 - 10/31/15 10:04 AM Re: Catfishing in cooler water? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
Daniel Mtanous Offline
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Registered: 09/08/15
Posts: 212
Loc: Desoto,Texas
That catfish looks like a goldfish.

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#11202723 - 11/02/15 11:39 PM Re: Catfishing in cooler water? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
WillieRip Offline
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Registered: 01/05/15
Posts: 267
Originally Posted By: Daniel Mtanous
That catfish looks like a goldfish.


New species! Carp Cat.
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#11219894 - 11/11/15 11:01 PM Re: Catfishing in cooler water? [Re: fish_hunter]
Gregg R Offline
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Registered: 05/25/12
Posts: 137
I dont want to sound dumb, but can you eat a fish that big or should you let it go?

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#11219911 - 11/12/15 12:02 AM Re: Catfishing in cooler water? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
pelican Offline
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Loc: Grapevine
Release anything over 10 lbs, IMO.
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#11220824 - 11/12/15 01:38 PM Re: Catfishing in cooler water? [Re: pelican]
Gregg R Offline
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Registered: 05/25/12
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Is it because they aren't good to eat that big or just releasing them to produce big offspring. The reason I asked is I caught a 13 lb blue cat and a 8 lb flathead on jugs and I filleted them both, I was just curious since I have never caught a blue that big, I know its not near the size in the picture, but I have always wondered about keeping bigger fish. Thanks for your response.

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#11221254 - 11/12/15 06:53 PM Re: Catfishing in cooler water? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
Freeman Clark Offline
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Registered: 03/18/05
Posts: 1254
Loc: Temple, Texas
For as the blues I don't keep anything over 5 or 6 pounds. The old yellows I don't think they get to big.

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#11221352 - 11/12/15 07:49 PM Re: Catfishing in cooler water? [Re: Daniel Mtanous]
Carolinacat Offline
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Registered: 02/17/14
Posts: 40
Loc: Fort Worth Texas
A three or four pound blue makes a better fillet than a thirty or forty pound blue. That being said, they all taste great! But it takes a long time for a blue to get to thirty pounds. That is why most, myself included, would prefer to release the older fish and keep the younger fish for dinner.
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#11221620 - 11/12/15 10:38 PM Re: Catfishing in cooler water? [Re: Carolinacat]
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Te main reason to release all over 20 lbs is that when they spawn they release 1000 times more eggs than the 5-6 lb

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#11222660 - 11/13/15 04:29 PM Re: Catfishing in cooler water? [Re: Gregg R]
JoshJones1984 Offline
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Registered: 09/24/15
Posts: 132
Loc: Sanger, TX
Originally Posted By: Gregg R
Is it because they aren't good to eat that big or just releasing them to produce big offspring. The reason I asked is I caught a 13 lb blue cat and a 8 lb flathead on jugs and I filleted them both, I was just curious since I have never caught a blue that big, I know its not near the size in the picture, but I have always wondered about keeping bigger fish. Thanks for your response.


Those big ones eat great, but it takes a lot of time to get all the red meat and fat cut off. Once that's done I soak it in salt water over night, drain, rinse, and store in clean water. Don't let anyone shame you into thinking you've got to throw them back. If you want to eat 'em go for it. If my freezer is full I will throw back some of the biggest ones simply because it's more work than I want to mess with.

Here's a couple of bigger fish that tasted delicious!

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