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#11646878 - 06/04/16 10:40 AM Do Catfish hit topwater?
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Was at Athens this morning and kept seeing huge fish hit topwater in some pads main lake. I presented my frog with no luck. It came up top over a dozen times. Didn't really look like a bass as it was a brownish red color.. any ideas?

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#11646880 - 06/04/16 10:42 AM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Chris_K]
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I had one hit a frog. I know they sure the hell hit chatterbaits!!
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#11646883 - 06/04/16 10:44 AM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Chris_K]
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Carp? I don't know Athens but by the color sounds like a carp
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#11646884 - 06/04/16 10:44 AM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Chris_K]
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bowfin

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#11646903 - 06/04/16 10:57 AM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Chris_K]
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I've caught 1 on a pop-r.

Last year I was fishing a buzz bait kept getting blow ups but no fish. Swapped to a spinnerbait and caught 3 catfish on consecutive cast.

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#11646913 - 06/04/16 11:02 AM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Chris_K]
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I've caught catfish on spinner baits and plastics but never a top water. Doesn't mean they won't hit one though

Sounds like you saw a grennel(bowfin) had one chasing my frog last week just never would commit or carp
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#11646921 - 06/04/16 11:06 AM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Chris_K]
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Sounds like carp to me. I've never caught a catfish on topwater, but I did have one surprise me a couple of weeks ago on Cypress Springs. Over the course of two days, I caught 6 catfish in this small area, on everything ranging from t-rig to a swim bait. But on one of them, I was throwing square bill and felt something slap at it. I slowed the retrieve, hoping the "bass" would come back to it. As I'm bringing it back to the boat, I start burning it to get it in. As soon as I can see the square bill, about a 5lb channel cat that was following it, blows it up out of the water. So, that was pretty close to catching one on a topwater.

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#11646925 - 06/04/16 11:08 AM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Chris_K]
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Yes they do
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#11646928 - 06/04/16 11:09 AM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Fish Killer]
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Originally Posted By: Fish Killer
Yes they do


Was he trying to eat it or spawn with it? Things as big as him.
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#11646935 - 06/04/16 11:12 AM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Chris_K]
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Caught one on a Jitterbug one night, bout a 12# channel
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#11646946 - 06/04/16 11:18 AM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Fish Killer]
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Originally Posted By: Fish Killer
Yes they do


I think your topwater hit him.

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#11646959 - 06/04/16 11:33 AM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Chris_K]
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Yellow cats will hit a crankbait.
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#11646962 - 06/04/16 11:36 AM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Chris_K]
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I caught a 5lb flathead at night on a Zara spook a few years ago.
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#11646973 - 06/04/16 11:43 AM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Chris_K]
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I have caught channel cats on yellow magics in the back of Sand on Roberts before
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#11647006 - 06/04/16 12:16 PM Re: Do Catfish hit topwater? [Re: Chris_K]
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Originally Posted By: Chris_K
Was at Athens this morning and kept seeing huge fish hit topwater in some pads main lake. I presented my frog with no luck. It came up top over a dozen times. Didn't really look like a bass as it was a brownish red color.. any ideas?
sounds like carp splashing around to me. That said, I have seen a channel cat take a buzz bait before.

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