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General Fishing => Other Fish Species Forum => Topic started by: senkosam on April 29, 2019, 08:54:56 AM

Title: Never knew big catfish would bite soft plastics
Post by: senkosam on April 29, 2019, 08:54:56 AM
I do remember catching channel catfish on one tail-spin back in the 70' when I was stationed in Texas, but for some reason the lure never caught fish in NY. A few years ago I had a pass as a vet to fish West Point lakes (which have excellent quality fish) but had a fish break my 6 # test line being used for panfish. The following year I made sure the drag was set properly and caught this 7 lb cat on a Slider Worm & light jig:

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The same year I caught more catfish in the same lake ranging from 2.5-6 lbs. - all on soft plastics. Here's two different specie catfish caught on small jigs and soft plastics:

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Here's another one caught on a t-rigged mini-stick:

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...this one caught on a Joker Grub:

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I guess it shouldn't surprise me considering that over 15 year ago my partner and I were fishing for stripers using 3/4 oz Hopkins Spoons, cast & retrieved way across a creek channel on the falling tide, and all we caught were carp ranging in size from 4-8 lbs. My largest carp - over 15 lbs - was caught using the same spoon vertical jigging in another creek in early spring. But man do I hate catching carp!!!!! >:(
Title: Re: Never knew big catfish would bite soft plastics
Post by: Curt - RI on April 29, 2019, 09:48:49 AM
I'm not at all surprised. Catfish will eat just about anything that's an easy meal.

One night about 25 years back (maybe longer), my brother-in-law caught a catfish on a topwater bait after dark!  (giggle)
Title: Re: Never knew big catfish would bite soft plastics
Post by: senkosam on April 29, 2019, 11:12:36 AM
Amazing! 


BTW - got email notifications. Yahoo!
Title: Re: Never knew big catfish would bite soft plastics
Post by: Curt - RI on May 01, 2019, 04:16:41 PM
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BTW - got email notifications. Yahoo!

Glad to hear it!