|Wintertime Blue Catfish
The widespread blue catfish, also known as "humpback blue",
"Mississippi White" and "Bluecat" is the preferred catfish for a
very high percentage of catmen. The blue catfish matures into a
very large catfish, and currently is the heaviest catfish
species of record in North America.
The popular bluecat really reaches his peak and is easiest to
catch in the wintertime when the water temperature hovers
between 35 and 50 degrees. The bluecat is different from other
catfish in that he stores little fat in his body. The blue must
eat year around to survive, and he will eat just about anything
that swims. The only hard and fast rule concerning what the
bluecat will eat is that it must fit in his mouth.
Wintertime blues school together in deep water, usually the
deepest water available to them. But they are easy to find due
to their habit of cruising along very slowly, just under schools
of suspended shad, waiting for the errant shad to be separated
from the school and easily picking him off without spooking the
school. The recommended technique for catching wintertime blues
is to locate the schools of shad, net a few fresh from the
school and bait up, dropping the cut baits two or three feet
below the school of shad. Use a rodholder or keep the rod in
your hand. A hit on an unattended rod will result in a splash
and a dumb look on the face of the fisherman.
To net shad in deep water, first locate the shad and place the
boat directly over them. Tie an extra handline on the end of the
castnet handline to allow the net to descend to the level of the
Above all, remember that the water temperature is low enough to
be a safety issue. Hypothermia will result within a minute of
submersion. Be careful to wear a life preserver at all times on
the water, adult and children. Safety first at all times.
Submitted by Albert McBee. Copyright December 2006. The author
is a catfishing guide on Robert S Kerr Lake in Eastern Oklahoma.
Albert may be contacted through http://www.okcharters.com
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About the author:
Author is a 100% disabled Viet-Nam Veteran operating Oklahoma
Catfish Charter Service and maintaining several websites
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