Main Menu
Advertisement
Affiliates
Advertisement
Newest Members
Bobbyw30, Gaborn73, Cypress Longhorn, mepemt, Striperopathy
106147 Registered Users
Top Posters
TexDawg 86644
hopalong 78750
Pilothawk 75385
JDavis7873® 67383
John175 ® 65468
FattyMcButterpants 60793
Derek 🐝 58686
Tritonman 57667
LoneStarSon® 53551
SkeeterRonnie 53062
facebook
Forum Stats
106147 Members
60 Forums
857587 Topics
12206985 Posts

Max Online: 36273 @ 01/23/13 02:34 PM
Topic Options
#12441430 - 09/25/17 05:06 PM Can see em but can't catch em
KCK Offline
Green Horn

Registered: 09/25/17
Posts: 1
Loc: Conroe, Texas

So I love to fish, although I have not been in ages, and recently gained access to a decent boat and launch on the Trinity River in Huntsville, Texas. The goal is to catch enough catfish to have a little southern fish fry. We found a couple of these nice coves on the river with plenty of cover and calm water. The fish are obviously there. You can see 6"-18" fish breaching the surface to eat water bugs. But we seem to only catch a couple of undersized cats over the course of several hours.

Question is: What are we doing wrong?

Should we use something that floats on the surface like the bugs, run something traditional like a Carolina Rig on bottom, or something in the middle like a hook and bobber. We've been casting mostly minnows on hook and bobber. That seems to be the most successful. Have not had any luck at all with worms or stink bait. And have not tried any other rigs for longer than half an hour or so.

Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated.

`KC
_________________________
Any day fishing, good or bad, is better than a day in the office.

Top
#12442049 - 09/25/17 10:02 PM Re: Can see em but can't catch em [Re: KCK]
ChuChu1 Offline
TFF Team Angler

Registered: 03/08/10
Posts: 3099
Loc: Gonzales, Tx
Go here: http://www.cjsbait.com/ and watch the videos. Also go here: http://www.catfishedge.com/ and watch and read.
_________________________
It's the Bill of Rights, not the Bill of Needs.



Top
#12442262 - 09/26/17 05:59 AM Re: Can see em but can't catch em [Re: KCK]
big10 Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 06/12/06
Posts: 2778
Loc: Temple, Texas
Fresh shad under a float works well in this situation.
_________________________
Jerry Dillard
CTCT Tournament Director
ctcatfishtrail@yahoo.com
CTCT Facebook Page

Top
#12442331 - 09/26/17 07:28 AM Re: Can see em but can't catch em [Re: KCK]
Muzzlebrake Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/26/14
Posts: 1577
Loc: Euless
Cast net?

J/K
_________________________
From Genesis: "And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the earth."

Then He made the earth round...and He laughed and laughed and laughed!


Top
#12442502 - 09/26/17 09:07 AM Re: Can see em but can't catch em [Re: KCK]
erittmueller Offline
Angler

Registered: 07/25/15
Posts: 400
Loc: Irving/Valley Ranch
Almost guarantee you're seeing either gar, carp, or buffalo. Happens constantly here in Irving where I fish the Trinity. If you have sonar with your boat find where the river is flowing and then opens up to very calm water, especially a deep hole (usually can't see it without sonar). Fish different areas of the hole to find where they are.

If no sonar fish any fallen trees and wood piles you can see, in the current and especially right on the current edge. Might catch 1-5 per pile depending on the size of it, usually 1-3. Cast cut shad in front of pile as close as you can to it. Fish until no bites for 15 minutes then on to the next one. I don't have boat with sonar yet and still destroy the cats doing this.

Eric

Top
#12442666 - 09/26/17 10:55 AM Re: Can see em but can't catch em [Re: erittmueller]
Muzzlebrake Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/26/14
Posts: 1577
Loc: Euless
Originally Posted By: erittmueller
Almost guarantee you're seeing either gar, carp, or buffalo. Happens constantly here in Irving where I fish the Trinity. If you have sonar with your boat find where the river is flowing and then opens up to very calm water, especially a deep hole (usually can't see it without sonar). Fish different areas of the hole to find where they are.

If no sonar fish any fallen trees and wood piles you can see, in the current and especially right on the current edge. Might catch 1-5 per pile depending on the size of it, usually 1-3. Cast cut shad in front of pile as close as you can to it. Fish until no bites for 15 minutes then on to the next one. I don't have boat with sonar yet and still destroy the cats doing this.


Eric



Good advice. Cats like to wait for stuff to come to them mostly. I always liked to cast into the riffles at upper end of a deep hole and let the current take the bait downstream to where the fish lay up waiting on a free snack. If there is a hungry fish there you will know it immediately. Fished a lot of brush piles and lost a lot of hooks over the last 50+ years. I wore them channels out for years in the Trinity below Lewisville dam above hwy 121 bridge using shad gizzards on a 1/0 baitholder and 1/2 oz split weight.
_________________________
From Genesis: "And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the earth."

Then He made the earth round...and He laughed and laughed and laughed!


Top
#12442708 - 09/26/17 11:28 AM Re: Can see em but can't catch em [Re: KCK]
erittmueller Offline
Angler

Registered: 07/25/15
Posts: 400
Loc: Irving/Valley Ranch
Riffles are great place to go, only thing is that I'm pretty sure the Trinity where he's at is deep with no riffles. Have to find holes where current drops into it via finding depth with sonar or with rod/reel weight/float depth counter.

Eric

Top
#12442889 - 09/26/17 01:28 PM Re: Can see em but can't catch em [Re: erittmueller]
Muzzlebrake Offline
Extreme Angler

Registered: 12/26/14
Posts: 1577
Loc: Euless
Originally Posted By: erittmueller
Riffles are great place to go, only thing is that I'm pretty sure the Trinity where he's at is deep with no riffles. Have to find holes where current drops into it via finding depth with sonar or with rod/reel weight/float depth counter.

Eric


Yep, farther south you go the deeper it gets. I'll take log jams any day over fishing below shallow riffles.
_________________________
From Genesis: "And God promised men that good and obedient wives would be found in all corners of the earth."

Then He made the earth round...and He laughed and laughed and laughed!


Top
#12443296 - 09/26/17 06:53 PM Re: Can see em but can't catch em [Re: KCK]
HumanSeine Offline
Pro Angler

Registered: 11/23/03
Posts: 883
Loc: Mckinney,Tx
Catch some of the bugs and use them for bait. That is what they are eating right!

Top



© 1998-2017 OUTDOOR SITES NETWORK all rights reserved USA and Worldwide