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Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# #12555770
12/29/17 05:27 PM
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Lake Livingston is my home lake and I've always known it was full of catfish. We jug fished a lot with my grandpa when I was little and have an amazing bulkhead bite that takes place during the shad spawn, but I've never tried to target big blue cats during the winter. My brother Michael and I catch fish on Livingston year around with our guide service Lake Livingston Adventures and we spend a lot of time catching big hybrids on Lake Conroe during the winter months, but this year we decided to see what all this winter time trophy blue cat fishing is all about. It just looked like too much fun to pass up!

I read all about drifting for big blues and built some planer boards and snag resistant sinkers. We booked a trip with Andrew Taylor one of the big blue masters on Tawakoni and learned some very valuable details to fine tune our leader length, speed, and distance of line out the back. Shout out to Andrew, as many of you know he is a great fisherman and even better guy that I highly recommend. After that Michael and I talked about the gizzard shad population and the transitions they make up and down the lake according to water temp and time of year. We picked out an area to focus on and put a game plan together. Michael went out twice scouting and caught several big ones on three consecutive trips so we knew we had a pattern that could be repeated. We've always had more success spending more time looking for the right pattern and less time just guessing even if it means lines are in the water for a shorter period of time. So with that in mind my uncle Jim and I went on the hunt freezing cold but excited none the less (Michael was guiding on Conroe and caught a 7 man limit of hybrids that day!). Jim and I found a flat that was loaded with big baitfish and what the graph showed to be big blue catfish as well. We set up drift and commenced to catch 12 blues over 20 pounds ending the day with a triple! I think several were over thirty but didn't have a scale in the boat to verify. Needless to say I am HOOKED and will be attempting to further master this technique and add it to our guide service offering. This stuff is fun and Lake Livingston is loaded! All fish released fat an sassy to make someone else's day.








Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12555856
12/29/17 06:59 PM
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banana Oh Ya ! Definately a couple 30’s woot

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Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12555857
12/29/17 06:59 PM
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Holy cow!! That was a good outing!!

Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12555939
12/29/17 08:08 PM
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daaaaaang! cheers


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Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12555987
12/29/17 08:39 PM
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Thanks guys.

Here are a couple screenshots of what we were looking for. The fish were stacked.



Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12556040
12/29/17 09:26 PM
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I have a question about that bottom picture.. Am I seeing shad at the top, hybrids in the middle and cat's on the bottom.

Appreciate your input.

Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12556041
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I have a question about that bottom picture.. Am I seeing shad at the top, hybrids in the middle and cat's on the bottom.

Appreciate your input.

Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12556270
12/30/17 12:54 AM
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Great Job and trip!!

Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12556399
12/30/17 02:44 AM
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Nice day for sure wtg.


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Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12556555
12/30/17 05:18 AM
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Nice haul!!

Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12557113
12/30/17 10:00 PM
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Awesome! Thanks for sharing


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Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12557224
12/31/17 12:03 AM
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Ur infringing on our epic day a few years back!!! roflmao

Nicely done! Y’all whack’em down there!


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Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12557604
12/31/17 04:32 AM
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Solid post and solid fish. Good job. cheers




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Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12557620
12/31/17 04:45 AM
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Well Done!!! Learn that there are patterns (in everything in this physical universe), then utilize it. That's how I figured out my Catfish Calendar concerning Yellows & Blues, as well as Gator Gars. When you get on a roll & it seems something is up that is a gamechanger, usually it is. Then search it out in depth. And then you'll KNOW!


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Re: Monster day on Lake Livingston 12 fish over 20# [Re: Chris Richardson] #12558586
12/31/17 10:38 PM
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I forgot to ask what day you & your Uncle caught them.

One article a few years back, explained that the bass would tear into the school of shad. The remnants would fall & the Cats were waiting eagerly below for their feast.


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