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#12337846 - 07/13/17 02:42 PM Summertime pattern
Brian Spagnola Offline
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Registered: 09/17/05
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I've been out of catfishing for so long. I just got a Helix 10 and I want to go find some eater blue cats this sunday on Texoma. Boat is on a lift on the south end of the lake but can travel anywhere. What's a good pattern for cats this time a year.
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#12343337 - 07/16/17 08:42 PM Re: Summertime pattern [Re: Brian Spagnola]
SARG Offline
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Registered: 04/01/17
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Loc: Texas
Last three weekends they have been 5' up in 15 FOW
Had a double limit before the front pushed thru here about 10:30am this morning.
All 5-8lb just like yesterday,we slammed 30 by 11am.
Cut perch and fresh carp working the magic on the 8/0.
They didnt touch the live baits?

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#12345315 - 07/18/17 04:09 AM Re: Summertime pattern [Re: Brian Spagnola]
WillieRip Offline
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Let me know if I'm out of place, but why spend $1,000+ on sonar just for eater cats? 20 jugs and a canoe will catch all the eaters you'd want.


Edited by WillieRip (07/18/17 04:25 AM)
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#12345343 - 07/18/17 06:14 AM Re: Summertime pattern [Re: Brian Spagnola]
El Gato Azul Offline
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In order to find bluecats consistently year round on my lake Willy, sonar is a must! I'm sure there are guys who do good without electronics but I don't know any. I often scan 3-4 areas before I find fish and learning to read electronics has upped my cat game more than anything. Blues are rarely in the same place when you go back! Looking at my pins on a topo, I haven't fished the same location twice the entire year.
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#12346094 - 07/18/17 01:10 PM Re: Summertime pattern [Re: Brian Spagnola]
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Okay, I see. My waters are much different. The sonar helps you save a loads of time.


Edited by WillieRip (07/18/17 01:12 PM)
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#12346101 - 07/18/17 01:15 PM Re: Summertime pattern [Re: WillieRip]
Brian Spagnola Offline
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Originally Posted By: WillieRip
Let me know if I'm out of place, but why spend $1,000+ on sonar just for eater cats? 20 jugs and a canoe will catch all the eaters you'd want.


Figured they would be fine for my 6 and 8 year olds to reel in.
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#12346371 - 07/18/17 03:39 PM Re: Summertime pattern [Re: Brian Spagnola]
WillieRip Offline
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Yeah, train them early. My waters, although dammed, I can still read the water much like reading the riffles, holes and runs of a trout stream. None of the catmen in my area use sonar, yet catch 40 fish at a time.

I gather that the difference is your waters are far more vast than ours, akin to fishing the Gulf and opposed to fishing the bay. From what I hear you fellas saying: the smaller the waters the less you need sonar.
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