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#1384218 - 06/26/09 01:18 PM meow!
cbcs1987
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Went down below loudon dam on watts bar the other day and caught a mess of catfish when i was trying to catch stripes. bouncing live shiners off the bottom. heres what i ended up with.


Some other guys caught a monster flathead when i was there. What do you have to do different to catch the big cats? I'm not interested in keepin the big ones... I'd just like to fight one at least one time in my life!

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#1384265 - 06/26/09 01:59 PM Re: meow! [Re: ]
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Nice Catch!!
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#1384271 - 06/26/09 02:06 PM Re: meow! [Re: spitndrum]
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#1384326 - 06/26/09 03:31 PM Re: meow! [Re: easy45]
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#1384333 - 06/26/09 03:44 PM Re: meow! [Re: paincave_2000]
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My buddy caught a 52 lb flathead on a 4" Watermelon Zoom Ringworm on Watts Bar about 4 years ago. Somehow I dont think that it would be a high percentge catfish bait, but I know it worked once!
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#1384368 - 06/26/09 04:24 PM Re: meow! [Re: Kimberman]
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nice catch, but i dont think they want you to eat catfish out of there,you might want to read the precautions for that area,mike243
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#1384369 - 06/26/09 04:26 PM Re: meow! [Re: paincave_2000]
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 Originally Posted By: paincave_2000
Big bait catches big cats.
Yep,and remember.a Flathead is a predator,not a bottom feeder like a channel
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#1384452 - 06/26/09 05:23 PM Re: meow! [Re: cbcs1987]
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 Originally Posted By: cbcs1987
. What do you have to do different to catch the big cats? I'm not interested in keepin the big ones... I'd just like to fight one at least one time in my life!


Do exactly what you were doing... but do it earlier in the year, starting late March, thru April and May. From my experience below Chickamauga, bigger cats have moved out of tailrace areas right now. You're still liable to stick one anytime, but in general bigger fish move into the prime areas first... then once they move out, smaller fish take over.

And yes, sometimes bigger baits mean bigger fish. However the biggest catfish I've ever seen (120 lbs. caught on a trotline) ate a piece of hotdog about the size of you thumbnail, so you never really know. The one thing a big bait will do is weed out the little guys so your big bait stays in the water until a big one comes along.
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#1384954 - 06/27/09 12:10 PM Re: meow! [Re: Football Hunter]
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 Originally Posted By: Football Hunter
 Originally Posted By: paincave_2000
Big bait catches big cats.
Yep,and remember.a Flathead is a predator,not a bottom feeder like a channel


try LIVE blue gill with the tail cut off, it makes a blood trail and also triggers a striking action when they are trying to swim.

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#1384983 - 06/27/09 12:55 PM Re: meow! [Re: shhs37]
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I didn't think it was legal to use bluegills for bait...
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