CatDaddy says he has a feeling that the fishing in the coming months, and into the new year, is going to be really great. In order to stay on top of that action, he is socking away crappie guts in the freezer. Crappie guts and heads make for great bait, but CatDaddy says not all guts are created equal. When it comes to enticing the catfish bite, crappie guts are good, but they don't hold a candle to fresh shad guts. CatDaddy says fresh shad have an irresistible permeating bloody scent, nice soft flesh, and the shad gizzard lends itself well to securing the bait to the hook. Great for early spring, late summer, fall and beyond - CatDaddy says shad really have no seasonal limitations in the way of bait effectiveness making them a great year round choice.
As cool weather systems push through, CatDaddy says anglers need to beware of the wind that can come with them. CatDaddy says venturing out on large bodies of water in windy conditions can be very dangerous and he reminds anglers to always wear their personal floatation devices. If it's too windy to get out on the water, CatDaddy says to look for bank fishing opportunities instead. Fishing wind laden banks can pay off in a big way on blowing days, he says.