A 34-pound flathead on 7 pound test when you’re fishing for crappie isn’t a bad day on the water. CatDaddy says there is a flathead bite to be found and talks about his friend hooking a fantastic flathead while in pursuit of crappie. However, the real action is with the channel cats and he is headed shallow to make it happen. CatDaddy says the channel cats are sitting in the shallows in large numbers in 1 ½ to 2 feet of water, up in the dense brush. “There has to be a lot of brush,” he says. Anglers should seek out fresh shad guts, small shad sides or anything “good and stinky” to attract these shallow hogs.
You really have to hang on, CatDaddy warns. The channel cats are aggressive and will take your bait and head for the cover of the thick brush and tangle you up. The best thing to do, he says, is to go out with 30 to 40 pound braid, use good strong hooks, get your stinky bait on and get it into the water. As soon as you see the rod bend, immediately start reeling! Spring weather can be fickle and that can have an impact on the behavior of fish and your success. CatDaddy says in general, the water temperature in his area is slowly on the rise with pockets of cold water coming from smaller feeder creeks and rivers. Don’t let foul weather deter you from getting out there. CatDaddy says he has found in his years of experience that some of the best channel catfishing is on a day where the weatherman predicts storms or other inclement weather. “It’s like they know what’s coming,” CatDaddy says. That intuition sends channel cats into a feeding frenzy as they prepare for a storm and that kind of situation is one where anglers can benefit from a little foul weather.
Listen in as CatDaddy of “CatDaddy’s Catfishin’ Adventures” drops by The Revolution to talk channel catfishing, the impact of spring weather and water temperatures, spoonbill fishing and much more!