The weather is right and CatDaddy says he is putting together a well thought out plan of attack to take on big blue cats on several local lakes. He'll need the heavy tackle, 80 to 120 pound line and heavy duty rods if he wants to land the 80+ pound blue cats he's after. To target these lunkers, he says it takes some time doing blue cat recon to find where they are and what they are hitting on. 'You have to move around, look around, have a game plan and have a back up plan, too," CatDaddy says.
The blues aren't going to eat just any old bait you toss out right now. To get them to strike you need something substantial in size and flavor. CatDaddy says it needs to be super fresh, cut shad. Ideally, your shad will only be about an hour old. From there, he uses the shad in various ways - cutting them, crushing their heads, splitting the stomach, and even putting them on the hook live for a realistic distressed presentation. You never know what the blues will go for from day to day, so make sure to switch it up. When you find something that works, stick with it.
Finding these big blue cats is no small feat, even for a seasoned pro like CatDaddy. He says he intends to drag bait above ledges, around islands and try deeper water haunts in the 40 to 50 foot range. 'We'll find them one way or another," he says.
Pulling a massive bluecat out of the water is phenomenal, CatDaddy says. But landing them can be difficult. To get something that big into the boat, CatDaddy says lipping them isn't the way to go. Instead he has a large rubber net from Frabill that is more than sturdy enough to pull in a prize blue cat.
Listen in as CatDaddy talks ditching the 2020 COVID blues by heading into the great outdoors in pursuit of monster blue cats.