The blue catfish is similar in appearance to other catfish types, however there are ways to identify differences between other catfish because of their forked tails.
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Best pre-spawn tactic for catching blue catfish: Typically I'll suspend fish from my Kayak next to a channel ledge, locating structure and ensuring I'm in a flow of current if possible... It's important to try identify the routes and pathways that the fish will navigate while foraging. When fishing year-round for Blue Catfish, Blue catfish will eat year round, the best tactic, especially from a kayak is to locate fish through covering water by suspend drifting, or active dragging. Once the fish are found anchor down and work the area with suspended baits. Don't spend too much time in one spot, if nothing has happened for 30mins try moving along.
Best post-spawn tactics for catching blue catfish: After the spawn I'll locate fish by drifting and dragging baits over shallower water. It's very important to ensure your rig is suitable for dragging... A specialized drifting weight and a float mid-way along the leader ensures that your hook heels free of snags. The best bait you can use is the baitfish swimming in the body of water you're trying to catch catfish from. Learn how to throw a cast net and you'll start catching more and bigger catfish. My favorite rig is Carolina style rig, with a 4 to 6 ounce sliding weight and an 80lb mono leader snelled to a 9/0 Circle hook
Best pre-spawn tactic for catching blue catfish: Since i fish from the bank i just cast as far as i can with a Carolina rig your sinker should depend on how deep your fishing and for bait garlic nightcrawlers, fresh shrimp, cutbait. When fishing for Blue Catifsh year-round Fresh shrimp and cutbait seem to always do the trick
Best post-spawn tip for catching blue catfish: Carolina rig again sinker depends ur water depth nd the i tend to use bigger baits post spawn such as cutbait and chicken breast
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Best pre-spawn tactic for catching blue catfish: Blue cats are pretty easy pre spawn. Bottom fishing is the best for catching them pre spawn, as the weeds haven't started to grow. Chicken or Hillshire farm smokeys work best at this time. When catching blue catfish year-round, pre spawn and post-spawn are easy. Just trow some bait out and wait. Post spawn and winter are hardest, if it is legal in your area, try chumming the water. The most effective way to do this is with a wiffle ball tied to the end of a line and cast it out up stream of your fishing area.
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