In a rather abrupt fashion, CatDaddy says the weather has changed, fish are responding to those cues from Mother Nature and he is hot on their trail. On the lake right now, he is fishing out what remains of the beanhole and says he'll stick with it until it fizzles out, however he notes time there is limited. October is generally the time when catfish start to put the feedsack on, CatDaddy says, they are going to be out cruising and eating whatever they can in preparation for winter. What should you be using for bait right now? He is getting a great response on fresh cut shad, but notes that all baits will be hot regardless of what you choose to throw once the feeding frenzy hits. If you're hoping to cash in on the fresh cut shad bite, CatDaddy says early morning is the best time to net them. He suggests anglers head out and look around bridge pilings and locate schools on their fish finders. Once you locate a school, drop your cast net directly above them and then pull it back in. Often your net will be so full you won't be able to get it into the boat. It's important to keep rules and regulations in mind where you're catching bait and not exceed the amount of bait you can legally have in your possession.
Be sure to listen in as CatDaddy talks about the fall catfishing transition.