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#11954658 - 11/28/16 08:43 AM I am going all in on blue cats!
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This winter I plan to hang up the bass gear and go after blues.

I will be fishing Lewisville from my Bass Buster. Its a 10 foot plastic boat with a 55lb trolling motor. I have a Lowrance Elite 5 on it and mounted rod holders on all four corners of the boat.

I have two light saltwater spinning rigs and two flipping sticks all spooled with 60lb braid.

Here are my questions.

What gear do I need that I am not thinking about?

I dont have a cast net and dont know how to get shad, so what is a good alternate bait?

Any places I should be looking on Lewisville? Not spots per se but what should I be looking for? Keep in mind range is very limited with my boat ha ha.

This is going to be a great adventure! Cant wait to get after some of those monster fish. I have been out with Guides Tom Gravley and Bobby Catfishing and got some knowledge from them...but trying it on my own from the Bass Hunter boat is gonna be a hoot!
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#11955059 - 11/28/16 12:34 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Gotta establish that fresh shad connection tell ole Bobby Big Sam says howdy cheers
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#11955082 - 11/28/16 12:53 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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find a used Cast net and Practice, early morn or late night at most all Boat ramps.... fish for Perch if you can, and use them. Big Net to pull in your Monsters, especially for that boat. find Points and Humps, but with that boat, watch the Wind!!!! Life Jacket, when you start pulling Big ones, you need safety, in smaller boats.. Good luck

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#11955102 - 11/28/16 01:04 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Well, fishing from that boat I would get a good drift sock to slow you down if you hook into a large blue. smile I know a few kayak guys who has had some nice tows from bigguns.


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#11955152 - 11/28/16 01:40 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Get a cast net and learn to use it. Even if it's just a cheapie from Academy, I used those for a long time and caught plenty of shad from the shore through the winter. If you absolutely cannot catch shad then catch and use cut perch. Whatever you do, be careful in that small boat. With four rods out, all your tackle, net, etc... It will get really interesting real quick when a big cat hits. If I were you I would think about fishing from the bank. It will be a lot safer and a lot less stressful.
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#11955202 - 11/28/16 02:12 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: MilesHunter]
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I'd get a long stringer

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#11955299 - 11/28/16 03:10 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Good stuff guys! So I will get a throwing net and learn how to throw it. This will be good for some laughs if anyone wants to watch.

Bank fishing is an idea. But I like being able to get out to the deeper spots so I am going to challenge the blues from my tiny boat. Thats part of the adventure in this. The USS "CapSize" as I named her vs. the big bad blue cat.

I thought about doing this in my yak but a few friends told me that was too crazy. I would be flipped for sure trying to get a beast on aboard. The Hunter is VERY stable. I can stand on the edge of it and it wont flip even with me being 6'4 and 240lbs.

Always wear my life jacket if I am in the Kayak or the Bass Hunter. Big net is a good tip too. As far as wind I know some places I can get out of it. Just not so sure they are good for big blues. The spots I visited with guides were on the main lake, deep creek channels on the main lake. If its not calm I aint going out there.

Not sure I will put 4 rods out. Maybe just two. Want to keep it all in front of me as they say.
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#11955368 - 11/28/16 03:51 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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#11955403 - 11/28/16 04:10 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Tie you boat to Tom's and wait for him to hand you a rod w/ a fish prehooked. thumb

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#11955615 - 11/28/16 06:14 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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I'd rather bank fish than that lil boat in Winter time......



Edited by BigPoppa007 (11/28/16 06:17 PM)

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#11955717 - 11/28/16 06:58 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Chiprat]
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Originally Posted By: Chiprat
find a used Cast net and Practice, early morn or late night at most all Boat ramps.... fish for Perch if you can, and use them. Big Net to pull in your Monsters, especially for that boat. find Points and Humps, but with that boat, watch the Wind!!!! Life Jacket, when you start pulling Big ones, you need safety, in smaller boats.. Good luck






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#11955762 - 11/28/16 07:24 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: snowyriver6]
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Agree.... Also make sure you know the size limits.

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#11955776 - 11/28/16 07:29 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: BigPoppa007]
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Originally Posted By: BigPoppa007
I'd rather bank fish than that lil boat in Winter time......



Capsize vs. Catfish is the mission.
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#11955782 - 11/28/16 07:34 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Chiprat]
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Originally Posted By: Chiprat
Agree.... Also make sure you know the size limits.


Slot 30 inches to 45. 25 aggregate only one over slot.

I'm on this. Don't plan to keep anything over 10lbs. Bobby Catfishing and Tom Gravley went by that makes sense to me.

I'll be lucky to hook up anything near that haha.
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#11955960 - 11/28/16 08:59 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Originally Posted By: Dan90210
Good stuff guys! So I will get a throwing net and learn how to throw it. This will be good for some laughs if anyone wants to watch.

Bank fishing is an idea. But I like being able to get out to the deeper spots so I am going to challenge the blues from my tiny boat. Thats part of the adventure in this. The USS "CapSize" as I named her vs. the big bad blue cat.

I thought about doing this in my yak but a few friends told me that was too crazy. I would be flipped for sure trying to get a beast on aboard. The Hunter is VERY stable. I can stand on the edge of it and it wont flip even with me being 6'4 and 240lbs.


Always wear my life jacket if I am in the Kayak or the Bass Hunter. Big net is a good tip too. As far as wind I know some places I can get out of it. Just not so sure they are good for big blues. The spots I visited with guides were on the main lake, deep creek channels on the main lake. If its not calm I aint going out there.

Not sure I will put 4 rods out. Maybe just two. Want to keep it all in front of me as they say.


Like others have said, cast net is a must. The creeks are a great place to load up on shad in the winter.

I usually rig up santee-cooper rigs with 2 oz weights and hooks that match your bait size. Usually 5/0 or so.

I fish for blues almost exclusively on my kayak (im 6'2" 250). Caught a 40lb this summer at 2am with no problem. During the winter I wear my waders, and I stay pretty warm and cozy. Get some fish grips to help with landing, controlling, unhooking a big one.

Keep and eye out for kayak groups that go out in the winter. DFWkayakfishing on facebook is a great group. Definitely best to fish with buddies over the winter, and people usually can hook it up with bait as well.


Edited by UrsusVeritas (11/28/16 09:01 PM)

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#11956239 - 11/29/16 06:57 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Ursus thanks for the info bud!

Got some fish grips on the way. If a group of yakkers is going out on big cat missions I would be in to give it shot. Gonna try from the Bass Hunter first. Would be more comfortable going after them in the yak if I had some back up. Safety in numbers is a real thing when yakking for sure.

I have a Jackson Big Rig and its pretty darn stable but I have caught a 26# blue with Bobby back in the day and... that was some real power ha ha. I could see it giving a guy heck in a yak, even a Big Rig.

Hoping to give it my first go this Saturday guys. Weather is supposed to suck with cold rain and all but no one said Big Cats vs. Tiny boat was gonna be easy ha ha. Not sure my new rod mounts will be yet but I will make do the best I can.
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#11956264 - 11/29/16 07:16 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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I'm looking forward to reading about your adventures Dan-
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Chicken breast is another bait option, there have been times my only catch was on chicken breast even though I had fresh shad-
But don't discount cut perch either-
Honestly in the winter I usually go to an Asian supermarket or fiesta and buy a buffalo and use that, but there are ways to get shad from some creeks in the winter also -
Since space is an issue I'd look at using those fish grips to handle the bigger ones -


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#11956300 - 11/29/16 07:37 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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So Chicken breast I tried last winter when I took two kind half hearted trips to get at the big blues.

I sprayed the breast with dead red and caught two small blues and a few channels. Worked alright.

Another trip I had gotten a frozen mackerel from H mart, and cut that into strips. They are super oily and have "that smell". Out on the west coast thats all guys use for cats and they slay them. So that is another option I have in mind. It did not work the one time I tried it on Lville, but that day the chicken and night-crawlers did not work either so go figure.

Getting a thorw net this week and going to try that out as well. I just realized I have "fish grips". I have knock off pair of Boga Grips that work well that I wasusing to handle and weigh bass untill I got a nice scale. They been gathering dust in my garage, they should work fine for a big cat.
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#11956441 - 11/29/16 08:44 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Get a deep water net...winter shad can be hard to get when they go deep...bait can usually be caught on most bridge columns year round on Lewisville...4-5 good throws and I usually get enough bait for the morning. Throw right against the column.
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#11956655 - 11/29/16 10:32 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Originally Posted By: Dan90210
So Chicken breast I tried last winter when I took two kind half hearted trips to get at the big blues.

I sprayed the breast with dead red and caught two small blues and a few channels. Worked alright.

Another trip I had gotten a frozen mackerel from H mart, and cut that into strips. They are super oily and have "that smell". Out on the west coast thats all guys use for cats and they slay them. So that is another option I have in mind. It did not work the one time I tried it on Lville, but that day the chicken and night-crawlers did not work either so go figure.

Getting a thorw net this week and going to try that out as well. I just realized I have "fish grips". I have knock off pair of Boga Grips that work well that I wasusing to handle and weigh bass untill I got a nice scale. They been gathering dust in my garage, they should work fine for a big cat.


We used to use Sardines and Macks exclusively in Northern California. I have tried them out here and never had as much luck as I did with Chicken Breast (with or without dead read).

I always take some chicken as a backup if I cant get shad. Another good option is to try and catch some blue gill or something from a pond, and take them for cut bait. A box of night crawlers and a bobber is a fun way to catch bait.

Ill send you a message on here if there are any trips planned. I will definitely be heading out at least once sometime around christmas.

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#11956782 - 11/29/16 12:08 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Who says you need a big boat cheers

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#11956808 - 11/29/16 12:24 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Agape]
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Hell yeah... smile

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#11958080 - 11/30/16 06:49 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Agape]
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Originally Posted By: Agape
Who says you need a big boat cheers



Now thats what I am talking about! Big Cat vs. Tiny Boat action right there.
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#11958170 - 11/30/16 07:48 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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#11958914 - 11/30/16 02:18 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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I go to the Jusgo Supermarket in Plano to get my bait during the Winter for blues. I can get a buffalo, drum or carp real cheap and have them cut, scale it, etc. Sometimes they will have live crawdads too. No need to freeze my hands off trying to catch bait.

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#11958950 - 11/30/16 02:48 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: JJ4MEL]
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Originally Posted By: JJ4MEL
I go to the Jusgo Supermarket in Plano to get my bait during the Winter for blues. I can get a buffalo, drum or carp real cheap and have them cut, scale it, etc. Sometimes they will have live crawdads too. No need to freeze my hands off trying to catch bait.


Are they better without the scales on them? Is this a better option than chicken breast you think?

I am getting the net and gonna try to make my own. But options are good ha ha.
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Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.

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#11958952 - 11/30/16 02:48 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: kodys'papa]
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Originally Posted By: kodys'papa
Tom sent you a pm... Do what he says


Yeah Tom is da man.

He has the best stories too, they end like this, "tossed it near that tree...and BAM 60 pounder!"
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Pulled a gun on his dryer and they caught a bunch of fish.

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#11959164 - 11/30/16 05:54 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Little boats are great when used within their limits.

My biggest fish to date, a 5'11 3/4" gator gar, was caught rod fishing from a yak.

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#11959239 - 11/30/16 06:49 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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That's an awesome fish!!

I'm experienced with little boats. Been fishing for bass from a Bass Hunter (first an OG one now the newer EX) for 9 years.

Just picked up yakking in March but I've made dozens of trips in big water on it already.

But it's the Hunter getting the nod for my big cat vs small boat adventures!

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#11959882 - 12/01/16 08:26 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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I caught a 30lber on chicken breast this Feb on the kayak on LL.. 14 FOW. CB does work when you don't have shad, but shad is preferred. Rain suit, dry bag, towel and change of clothes is what I would recommend as well especially for cold water fishing.

**EDIT - Whiskey in moderation is recommended as well to keep the blood flowing on the cold days.


Edited by BearfootGypsie (12/01/16 08:28 AM)

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#11960330 - 12/01/16 12:16 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Originally Posted By: Dan90210
Originally Posted By: JJ4MEL
I go to the Jusgo Supermarket in Plano to get my bait during the Winter for blues. I can get a buffalo, drum or carp real cheap and have them cut, scale it, etc. Sometimes they will have live crawdads too. No need to freeze my hands off trying to catch bait.


Are they better without the scales on them? Is this a better option than chicken breast you think?

I am getting the net and gonna try to make my own. But options are good ha ha.


I prefer to have my bait scaled unless I am using the head. It's fish and natural to them so I would think they would prefer it over chicken breast. However, some good feedback in this thread on chicken breast so it might be worth trying both and see which gets bit more consistently.

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#11964422 - 12/03/16 04:00 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Got myself some proper cat fishing equipment today including this cast net which I am at present learning how to throw!





I also got some frozen mackerel from the H Mart. I'm using that as bait and bank fishing so far no luck catching bait or fish LOL.
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#11964520 - 12/03/16 05:09 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Also, if you are fishing for good size Blues, or any size, use my Catfish Calendar to max your potential. See the thread titled "Lynn's Catfish Calendar (LCC) 2016". I use fair size perch. Dave uses fresh chicken breast soaked in Dead Red spray. See his thread in "Meat Haul" for pics. A lot of bass fishermen are now using my Calendar for big Yellas on Rod-n-Reel.
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#11964621 - 12/03/16 06:15 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Oh the Sweet the smell of success!

These are not the monsters I am looking for but not bad for a first try! Weather being what it is, I was bank fishing. Tiny boat has to wait.

I was able to get these two nice-sized eaters. It turns out they do like mackerel!

I even caught a small bluegill in my new throw net!! First try throwing the cast net so I was pretty excited about that. Spent about an hour working on my throwing I think I started to figure it toward the end.

Used the gill for bait too but they wanted the mackerel.

Had 4 bites but only got two. the other bites the fish doubled the rod down, when i picked it up there was nothing there at all. I've got the technique down of just reeling and not setting the hook with the circle hooks so that wasn't the problem they just dropped the bait I guess.





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#11964829 - 12/03/16 08:35 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Originally Posted By: Dan90210

Had 4 bites but only got two. the other bites the fish doubled the rod down, when i picked it up there was nothing there at all. I've got the technique down of just reeling and not setting the hook with the circle hooks so that wasn't the problem they just dropped the bait I guess.



Gar or a fish swam into the line.........

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#11964897 - 12/03/16 09:12 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: BigPoppa007]
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Originally Posted By: Dan90210

Had 4 bites but only got two. the other bites the fish doubled the rod down, when i picked it up there was nothing there at all. I've got the technique down of just reeling and not setting the hook with the circle hooks so that wasn't the problem they just dropped the bait I guess.



Gar or a fish swam into the line.........


Ahhh. Gar. You're right. I've had fish swim into the line when bass fishing and dead sticking plastics. They clear the line quick. These two bites the suckers popped the rods of my bucket and drug em 15 feet.

Gar do that then drop a bait. Seen it on YouTube haha
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#11964913 - 12/03/16 09:21 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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pvc, 1/2" rebar and lots of duct tape.........


Edited by BigPoppa007 (12/03/16 09:25 PM)

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#11964914 - 12/03/16 09:22 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Time for some team catfish DA hooks...
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#11964916 - 12/03/16 09:24 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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#11965003 - 12/03/16 10:06 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Those rod holders look legit!

I'm gonna stick with my Home Depot Bucket for now. Plan is long run to fish the blues from the Bass Hunter. Just need my schedule and weather to match.

Gonna go back to the same spot in the AM and try again.

This time bigger hooks, bigger baits, and maybe try the Lowe's bucket over the home depot one...in case big blues are more into blue buckets. Never know.
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#11965671 - 12/04/16 01:27 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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No luck this time. Caught a turtle and a bass on my mackerel.

Wonder why it is that 12 hours ago same spot same bait I had 4 bites in an hour, and now no bites in 5 hours...

Next time hopefully I'll be on the bass hunter and can try more spots.
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#11965855 - 12/04/16 03:18 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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You could get Carey to show you where to catch shad.


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#11965912 - 12/04/16 04:08 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Forget the BassMan and make 4 rod holders and downloaded ad Navionics phone App and look for areas near dropoffs, creek channels and points you can bank fish. Good Blue catfish weather is cold wet and windy -your BassMan ain't going to help you. Save it for Spring time channel cat fishing.


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#11966184 - 12/04/16 07:05 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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I respect that input Big poppa. Furthermore I see you're a skilled cat fisherman, as such I take your input seriously.

That said my mission, my goal, is big blue from tiny boat. I'm going to accomplish that mission.

I want a big blue (and some eaters along the way) coming over the rail of the 9 foot Bass Hunter boat!

banana
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#11966190 - 12/04/16 07:07 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Beer Money]
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You could get Carey to show you where to catch shad.



No thanks.
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#11966208 - 12/04/16 07:19 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Originally Posted By: Dan90210
I respect that input Big poppa. Furthermore I see you're a skilled cat fisherman, as such I take your input seriously.

That said my mission, my goal, is big blue from tiny boat. I'm going to accomplish that mission.

I want a big blue (and some eaters along the way) coming over the rail of the 9 foot Bass Hunter boat!

banana


Nuttin wrong with that come Spring time...........Maybe a Big Flathead........I'm usually fishing in 1-2-3' rollers as most are in Winter time.......

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#11966797 - 12/05/16 07:56 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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You're a brave man Dan. No way I'd go on Lewisville in a bass buster in the winter!
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#11966830 - 12/05/16 08:12 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: obsessive]
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You're a brave man Dan. No way I'd go on Lewisville in a bass buster in the winter!


Ha ha. Well I dont have a death wish. I will be watching the weather. Always have my life jacket on. And stay close to shore, in protected areas as needed.

I think Lewsiville is more dangerous in the Summer. I wont Kayak it or bass buster it in the summer. Too many drunks. They scare more than hypothermia.
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#11975138 - 12/09/16 11:05 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Alright fellas I'm taking my quest for the big blue cats to the water today.

I've got my mackerel, new rods and the USS Cap Size ready to launch. Hopefully I'll have some luck.



That's my boat.
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#11975146 - 12/09/16 11:08 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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#11975686 - 12/09/16 04:09 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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No bites today. I did find a nice spot to try bank fishing tomorrow. Graphed it thoroughly.

Has some bait, standing timber, and a nice funnel or ditch that's 7 feet deep on the sides and 18-22 down the middle. Looks like a spot where when the water was lower during heavy rain the runoff from the parking lots dug a ditch.

I figure I can put two baits down the middle and two up on the shelf and see if they prefer one location over the other.

I even got up on the bank and marked off where I should Place rods and at what angle to work the various "spots on the spot"

I have a good feeling about that spot! Saw some nice fish hanging around there too.
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#11975779 - 12/09/16 05:25 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Use real bait and not that California BS you were talking about.
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#11976289 - 12/10/16 03:01 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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#11976528 - 12/10/16 09:00 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Lol great video
I watched this like 4 times. That guy is having a blast

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#11977041 - 12/10/16 04:55 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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No bites today.

Spent time working on my cast net skills. Getting it down pretty good. No shads on the ramp or off the docks.

Give it another go next week!
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#12001981 - 12/24/16 05:04 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Started the day in crazy thick fog!

Even though I was fishing in a small area that I know well at one point I found myself disoriented and actually had to use the GPS maps in my fish finder to find the ramp!

No bites. Fished 5 spots an hour each and nada. Threw the cast net but no luck on shads so used my mackerel.

Funny story in the thick of the fog a bobber floats by. I grabbed it. It's a Santee rig! Line broken at the swivel and it has a giant shad head on the hook!

I tied it onto my rod just as it was. Still nothing.

Couple of pics. You can see my rig compared to the found item.






PS if it's your gear I found let me. I'll be happy to return it.

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#12007735 - 12/28/16 04:18 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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I did it!

Caught shad in my throw net from my tiny boat!!

I caught them as the battery on the "Cap Size" started reading 11.2 volts. Uggg

Did not have any luck over 6 hours with my mackerel.Fished the shad in the same areas for an hour and nada.

I'll figure this game out yet. I need to get to deeper water, but the wind hates me on days I can fish.

Catching shad was huge for me. Spent hours learning how to throw the net of my lil boat and finally some success!


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#12007756 - 12/28/16 04:35 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Well, never cared much for blues, ( gave away two 16-18 lb. ones so I had enough floatation in my 10' jonboat to brave the waves back to the boat ramp with 4 flatheads!)

But, yeah, small boat...big fish...you don't bring a 50 lb. Flathead in the boat sideways...(unless you want to swim with it)... But straight over the front of the boat...( just like getting in and out into a tube!)


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#12012993 - 12/31/16 03:44 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Dear Blue Cat,

Sup bruh!? I tried to meet you today over by Lake Dallas. I had a tip you might be kicking it there. Unfortunately after launching the SS Cap Size I realized quickly that the waves were way too big and I couldn't hang out and wait for you to show up.

I headed over to the old dam off Garza to see if maybe you wanted to meet me on the bank instead! Unfortunately although I tried for six hours you never showed up. I understand you're busy this time of year but it'd be really nice if you would just say what's up.

Anyway I'm sorry I missed you man but I know that I will catch up with you soon!

And when I do I'm going to fillet you and give your head to my dog. You know she's pretty upset at you as well. She's been fishing 6 times and hasn't even seen you once! She's just a puppy dawg, she's never seen a fish. That's just disrespectful of you blue.

Keep it real blue cat... and know that I'm coming for you. I won't be stopped.

Here's a picture of the set up at the Old damn, just so you know I was there for real bro.

I'll see you soon.
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#12013345 - 12/31/16 07:43 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Originally Posted By: Dan90210








You need to hook less of your bait. A circle hook needs plenty of room in the gape or "circle". See how much more open space is free in the found rig? That is how you should hook your bait. Fill the gape up and the hook can't work as it is intended to.

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#12013932 - 01/01/17 08:10 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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That's a good tip thanks!!

Sadly I've not been missing bites...Can't miss what you've not had BUT good news is, I'm not quitting till I catch these suckas
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#12014611 - 01/01/17 02:58 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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These guys have a learning curve and it really depends on everything from water temperature, available shad concentration. They are eating machines and in most lake around us in the winter it's either threadfinn or gizzards In the winter 90 percent are in 10 percent of the lake. I don't waste time on spots because if I don't mark fish I certainly don't fish. The only way to get more proficient is getting out there every chance. You also need to know we all get skunked when chasing trophy blues. Don't give up and yes even getting fresh shad in the winter is something you must love and enjoy. Once you find the bait you just found the fish. One of my best days ever was a trip to Lavon in my kayak and we wore them out biggest one in my kayak 30'

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#12014897 - 01/01/17 06:32 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Agape]
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Who says you need a big boat cheers .......boss status awesome blue


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#12015013 - 01/01/17 07:26 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Originally Posted By: Dan90210
That's a good tip thanks!!

Sadly I've not been missing bites...Can't miss what you've not had BUT good news is, I'm not quitting till I catch these suckas


I would error on the side of using larger hooks. Especially if you're going after large Blues. I'm still searching for mobyblue but I've been fortunate to witness a few large fish caught and there is simply no mistake when a big blue takes your bait...they rarely... "miss it". The fish you are missing are probably much smaller fish or channel cats. Keep it going...they're coming. wink
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#12015030 - 01/01/17 07:35 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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In this lifestyle you have to reward yourself when you you go out use your sonar to locate a school of shad and you throw your net a couple of times and fill up a baggy smile you will be soo happy

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#12016119 - 01/02/17 12:55 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: liljim_1]
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Originally Posted By: liljim_1
In this lifestyle you have to reward yourself when you you go out use your sonar to locate a school of shad and you throw your net a couple of times and fill up a baggy smile you will be soo happy


I caught 3 and I was stoked! lol
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#12016202 - 01/02/17 01:50 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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This time of year depending on the particular lake you are on has a lot to do with where to locate a sure thing when it comes to shad. I hate to fish on grapevine but it's excellent for shad. If you are truly serious about these blues in the winter some lakes are hell to get bait. I have a deep winter net I throw but it is optimum at 20 ft of water and I always let it go to the bottom it seems to work much better. I will give what I do. When I am getting ready to go fish for in any lake that is known to be a pain to get them there I go out the day before on grapevine and fill a couple of bags full and keep them on ice they keep excellent for about 24 hours I don't freeze them. Then you will be ready to fish the next day you can spend much more productive time fishing and locating the blues.

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#12016222 - 01/02/17 02:03 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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One of these days your going to get in a winter school of and it's unbelievable how fast you catch them and they will eat you out of house and home ...,lol

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#12016228 - 01/02/17 02:07 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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Oh yeah thanks Jim! I have a spot on Lewisville I know I can get shad.

Its only 5-6 Feet deep though about half way up a creek. Never caught a fish there though. I was thinking I might have to roadrunner this. Launch the boat there to just get shad, then load it again to go to the fishing spot.

Got a good tip on a spot that there are some big blue right now on Lville....but its main lake and the wind was howling out of the S/SW I tried to get out there in my Bass Buster but it was way too sketchy. Was not safe at all, had to abort before I got to fish the spot.

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#12016300 - 01/02/17 02:57 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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I used to fish about a mile from the ramp in my 14 kayak but due to being so low slung it extremely stable I never missed a winter blue trip in it because wind or waves The pro angler 14 was awesome. My son was in it with me and we two rods running at the same, meaning we had two fish on at the same. I have a bass buster at my house and a large v I have taken the buster in main lake at lake fork with ten mph and wore the channel catfish out

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#12016329 - 01/02/17 03:11 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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I am with you on the wind problems. The problem with these fish are the plankton blows down wind so the shad go there to eat and the catfish follow the food chain . The best places like deep water point s on the upwind side don't offer any protection. So the wind is your friend no wind can cause these fish not to feed heavy.

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#12016389 - 01/02/17 03:46 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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I'm not one of them but we have some kick 3670 on this forum
Winter time bankers that have caught a lot bigger blues than I have and do well quite regularly. Most of them don't even want to hassle with a boat

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#12032982 - 01/10/17 09:53 PM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: Dan90210 ☮]
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#12033417 - 01/11/17 08:28 AM Re: I am going all in on blue cats! [Re: MilesHunter]
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Originally Posted By: MilesHunter
Get a cast net and learn to use it. Even if it's just a cheapie from Academy, I used those for a long time and caught plenty of shad from the shore through the winter. If you absolutely cannot catch shad then catch and use cut perch. Whatever you do, be careful in that small boat. With four rods out, all your tackle, net, etc... It will get really interesting real quick when a big cat hits. If I were you I would think about fishing from the bank. It will be a lot safer and a lot less stressful.


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