According to Thomas of FWC, channel cat
appreciation for lures varies mysteriously by location.
When using rod and reel for channel cat
, 7- to 8-foot rods are ideal.
But the wily channel cat
and its big brothers, the blue and flathead, are the poor man's marlin--fish so agile, so discerning, so powerful, and sometimes just so darned big that they leave other freshwater fish floundering in their wake.
A 54-pound channel cat
was recently boated by Ron Staub of Orange using mackerel.
I've got the largest portable fish tank in the world that I use for fishing seminars, and I guarantee that if you drop two baits--a cutbait and a dipbait--down on either side of a big channel cat
, it's going to eat the dip bait first.
As far as pain, a 2- or 3-pound channel cat
is the most aggressive fish you can get your hand into.
enthusiasts also are primed to hit the water after a winter's layoff.
I caught my largest channel cat
, one near 34 pounds, from shore.
are just as antsy as we are in March and April.
garfish, rock bass, channel cats
, a school of brim--
Try it for channel cats
, crappie, bass, predatory rainbows and browns.
The first, by researchers at Mississippi State University at Starkville, showed that fried basa got better scores overall, as well as for texture and flavor; when compared with fried local catfish, and baked basa fillets got better taste scores than baked channel cats
, and beginners can learn fish life-cycle and habitat requirements, along with the techniques needed to bait and cast.
I am planning something along this line this summer and will start with bullheads or channel cats
Fish include bluegill, sunfish, crappies, large-mouth bass and channel cats