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Didgeridoo 05-15-2012 12:00 AM

Chasing Channel Cats - 2012
 
Here's a few pics from this year's action.

May 12 - 32" and 34"
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...o/DSCN1221.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...o/DSCN1226.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...o/DSCN1223.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...o/DSCN1214.jpg

May 14 - 32"
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...o/DSCN1264.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...o/DSCN1265.jpg

theboz 05-15-2012 01:47 AM

Re: Chasing Channel Cats - 2012
 
Nice catties Nick. Are you dragging your flys on the bottom for those big boys? We fish a small dam on the Susky and catch medium size channels at mid depth on leech patterns . Curious if the biguns feed any different.

caseywise 05-15-2012 02:05 AM

Re: Chasing Channel Cats - 2012
 
love it nick!
you are a true master:bowdown::bowdown:
is that an okuma slv reel i see?
love that reel bro:cool:

casey

wabi 05-15-2012 05:38 AM

Re: Chasing Channel Cats - 2012
 
Some very nice channel cats there!

So far this year the best I've caught were some of the little ones the state stocked in the local lake last year. Only 7-10" long, but still fun on a 3 or 4wt rod.

hal_sch 05-15-2012 06:36 AM

Re: Chasing Channel Cats - 2012
 
What sort of fly do you use for cats? I've yet to get one and would like to get one this year.

jhammer 05-15-2012 07:43 AM

Re: Chasing Channel Cats - 2012
 
Very nice! Great looking cats! :D

tbblom 05-15-2012 10:06 AM

Re: Chasing Channel Cats - 2012
 
I caught a little guy going for bass once, great fight. I'm assuming some sort of bottom cruising crayfish or leech pattern?!

Nice kitties... I want one!

Didgeridoo 05-15-2012 11:40 PM

Re: Chasing Channel Cats - 2012
 
They're a hoot! Such a blast with the long rod!

Was out again today and got a few more, biggest was around 35-36".

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...o/DSCN1270.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...o/DSCN1273.jpg

I use weighted streamers with a sink-tip line. Lead eyes and those Sculpin heads by Fishskullz work to get your fly to where the cats are. This time of year you have to put it in front of their face. As the water warms however, they'll chase your fly and crush it.

Biggest thing with these fish is you need good strong knots, 12lb+ tippet minimum, a stout rod, and a hook that is at least 2x strong and preferably one that has a wide gap. I like short shank hooks as well as they hold better.

Nick

brookfieldangler 05-16-2012 07:19 AM

Re: Chasing Channel Cats - 2012
 
Bad ass!! Those are some NICE cats. Any biproduct catches or are you actually sight fishing these things?

mcnerney 05-16-2012 10:06 AM

Re: Chasing Channel Cats - 2012
 
NIck: Great looking fish, congrats! I can only imagine how those big guys pull once you set the hook!


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