Now is the time, CatDaddy says, to get out on the water and scour the surface for flipping and popping. When you find activity it's likely schools of shad that are gathering up right now as the water temperatures begin to cool. Now is the time to stock your bait freezer with shad, he says. The most effective way to do so is to have several different sized casting nets. CatDaddy suggests having 5, 6 and 10-foot nets with different sized mesh, as bigger mesh will allow smaller shad to slide through while retaining the bigger 8 to 10 inch shad. CatDaddy says limits vary based on state regulations but on his home waters in Kansas, it's 300 per person. Although there is a good amount of work involved, nothing beats having great bait in the freezer ready for your next trip on the water.
Shad aren't the only bait fish CatDaddy is after, he also talks about catching 8 to 9-inch white bass on small chartreuse jigs to use as bait for blue cats. The blues are moving around right now and are beginning their transition to winter patterns. White bass are the trick to catching nice blues, he says. When cut in half and drifted, the blue cats will hit these white bass like a hammer.
Listen in for great fall catfishing tips and if you're looking for a fun day trip with the King of Cats, book a trip with CatDaddy by heading to his website, www.catdaddyguideservices.com.