Loc: Texas, Earth, Milkey Way
Day 1 of my hunt for the 100# catfish, since i have to wait a few more months to catch alligator gar again i have set out to catch a catfish near 100 pounds from the kayak and get a new personal best flathead or blue catfish. I don't Know a whole lot about huge catfish but im going to hit a few different body's of water that are rumored to have huge catfish and fish for them with with heavy gear and as much bait as i can find. I fished Canyon lake dam on day 1 for about 8 hours while chumming common carp. i fished heavy gear with a single 7/0 gamagastu J hooks on 80 pound mono leaders with 100# braid mainline with chunks of carp and a few live perch as bait in about 80 feet of water. I didnt manage to land one but i did see what looked to be a 4 foot flathead under the yak while i was chumming but didnt have a live bait for him. i think im either going to head to a lake further north or maybe the same waters but just closer to the rock cliff where my chum will be trapped more in one area.
any help is appreciated gonna spend a few weeks trying to land a huge catfish within 2-3 hours of atx. going today to hunt down some gizzard shad with my heavy 7 foot net. and also might go a little lighter on leaders
Personally I don't like my hook attached directly to braid. Go with a mono leader at least #50 for abrasion resistance against the roughness of a big fishes mouth. I use #80 mono for leaders with braid mainline. Be sure to snell that hook as well!
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8 to 10 ought double action team catfish circle hook. Preferably a 10 ought for a 100lber.
This! But I don't think they have a 10/0 double action. Gotta switch to a supper circle when you go bigger than 8/0.
Right. I have just been sucking up all the 9's and 10's I can get at my local Academy. Didn't even really notice they were'nt double action. Lol!
I like em.
I have also changed to using ballons on my liters instead of corks because I had a cork smashed which caused a monster to spit my bait. Wish I would have made the change when Planojames told us about it.