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Anyone here like to catch cats with lures?

  • tim hurley
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    #2055430

    Love to get them in skinny water on spinners, regular bass gear, bass like strike, feels like a state record, fun. No sit, no stank, casting, fun.

    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
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    #2055549

    Spinner baits? Or lindy spinners. Cause those are not that great to cast.
    And I can say I never use stink bait ever.

    3Rivers
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    #2055551

    One of the main reasons I catfish is that I can toss out a bait, kick back and put my feet up, fire up some classic tunes, sip on a cold beverage, and wait for the rod to get slammed over.

    tim hurley
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    #2055574

    With my tennis elbow flaring up that sounds pretty good 3R. That said I love to cast, love to see a fish explode on or near the surface. BTW talking about safety pin style bass spinners.

    eyeguy507
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    SE MN
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    #2055584

    they like jigging raps on pool 4. you can get some hellacious thumps when they snap the rod out of your hand…..good times!

    Bearcat89
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    North branch, mn
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    #2055611

    One of the main reasons I catfish is that I can toss out a bait, kick back and put my feet up, fire up some classic tunes, sip on a cold beverage, and wait for the rod to get slammed over.

    I agree 100 percent. Those are the best evenings

    EW6
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    #2055666

    My dad catches them on chatter baits in shallow water on lakes and has a ball doing it.

    Steve Zamzow
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    Des Moines, Iowa
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    #2055777

    All of my largest flatheads have been caught this way.

    FryDog62
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    #2055780

    Last 2 cats that have come over my gunnels have been by accident while fishing worms – Wacky and Ned…

    Rodwork
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    Farmington, MN
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    #2055783

    Interesting, what size chatter bait?

    tim hurley
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    #2055787

    2 different groups have been getting them at a lake I fish for crappies, one group has been trolling with frozen suckers. DNR weed dude said the other group uses ‘artificials’ but he did not know what kind. Trolling a rattling crank might work.

    tim hurley
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    #2055974

    Read an interesting artical in In Fisherman online about fishing for them with lures. Their hearing is 4x better than bass & walleye, they see well and can detect motion, so makes sense that they would hit a chatterbait. Might just roll for them next week with a rattling crank.

    mahtofire14
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    Mahtomedi, MN
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    #2056184

    One of the main reasons I catfish is that I can toss out a bait, kick back and put my feet up, fire up some classic tunes, sip on a cold beverage, and wait for the rod to get slammed over.

    100%

    tim hurley
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    #2056471

    You could have that same plan for walleye and bass. Bass? find a point on a weed edge, a laydown in deeper water, shiner minnow, bobber, 6 of Bud. Live frogs next to thick weeds, Coors Lite.

    3Rivers
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    #2056489

    You could have that same plan for walleye and bass. Bass? find a point on a weed edge, a laydown in deeper water, shiner minnow, bobber, 6 of Bud. Live frogs next to thick weeds, Coors Lite.

    The secondary reason is that Cats will pull some drag off my reel.

    slipperybob
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    Lil'Can, MN
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    #2072470

    I like it when channel cats are actively hunting. Caught my biggest channel on a 1 oz. CastChamp while just fishing for pikes and dogfish. I thought I hung up on a log but then the log started to struggle and swim away.

    tim hurley
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    #2080910

    Totally agree Bob.

    matt
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    #2080969

    They sure do slam crankbaits sometimes.They are fun to catch but they can do a number on a shad rap- bending wire/breaking hooks.Have caught some big channel cats pulling a shad rap behind a few colors of leadcore on the Croix,they really fight!

    tim hurley
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    #2135541

    Time to fish cats with lures again, great to have a 8lb kitty explode on a spinner in a foot of water. Any recommendations for lakes aside from the Horseshoe Chain? Thanks

    tswoboda
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    #2135551

    A few years back I sold some Curado 300s to a guy in Virginia that wanted them for catfish. I told him he was nuts and then he sent me pictures of 40+ lb flats and 60+ lb blues that he caught on swimbaits.

    R Petersen
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    #2135560

    Any scented lure will find them where there is a current. The Channel Cats are better than a Largemouth for pulling & duration. The Mepps spinner & rubber minnow are very good on Channels.

    buckybadger
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    Upper Midwest
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    #2135602

    The biggest 2 channels I’ve ever caught were on crank baits around this time of year pulled fast at around 3mph. When they’re feeding, they seem to crush a variety of offerings.

    tim hurley
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    #2135611

    Ohh I have that rubber minnow thing in my basement too. Yup while so many other species are taking things softly cats are hitting hard.

    tim hurley
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    #2138750

    Cats are hitting lures, looks like something hit this guy too

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