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Old 09-01-2019, 05:30 PM   #1
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Weeding out the nibblers

Took the girls fishing and had a blast. We baited a spot with sour corn and returned just 2 hours later.

What is your best technique for weeding out small cats? Simple as bigger hook and bait?We used #4 hooks.

I know I didn't let the spot sit long enough. My main goal was to get them some fish so didn't mind the little fish. Today we focused on getting Sloane and paige (8 and 6) to bait their own hook with night crawlers! They did great and reminded me I often underestimate them. Now if I can get them to dehook and clean them!



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Old 09-02-2019, 05:46 AM   #2
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Weeding out the nibblers

I’ve only baited a place in Livingston once. It drew billions of 7” channel cats.
Fishing with punch bait we found that a Huge glob of bait caught 12 to 15 inch fish more often.
Once was enough for me.


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Old 09-03-2019, 04:05 PM   #3
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I’ve only baited a place in Livingston once. It drew billions of 7” channel cats.
Fishing with punch bait we found that a Huge glob of bait caught 12 to 15 inch fish more often.
Once was enough for me.


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7 inches was about right! Only a couple keepers. They were fishing with pretty light poles so didn't want a monster hookup!

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I’d say the smiles on their faces was worth the trip.


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My youngest one got out fished about 5 to 1. I laughed when she acknowledged she would have caught more fish if she had her bait in the water and hands out of the snacks!

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Old 09-19-2019, 10:03 AM   #7
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Dude - a few things that work for me on Conroe.

1. Find a drop off with some kind of structure in 15' of water close to deeper water 30' or more.

2. Use 20% range cubes instead of soured corn. For some reason, soured corn or milo seems to attract the small catfish.

3. The first time you bait a hole, use 20-25# of range cubes thrown around the structure and use 25# in a pillow case with a weight (3-4 bricks or 1 small concrete block to hold it down). Poke lots of holes in the pillow case or it will fill with air and float to the top within 24 hours.

4. Subsequent trips to the same hole you would throw out 10-15# of range cubes 20 minutes prior to fishing. The more often it is is baited, the more consistent the spot will be.

5. Two things that have worked well for me weeding out the small cats:

A) When you start catching the small ones on bottom, try fishing 2' above the bottom. Sometimes the big ones are higher in the water column.

B) We usually fish nightcrawlers on a knocker rig with a 1/2 oz egg sinker goes directly to the swivel and hook..... i.e. The weight sits directly on the hook OR we fish it with a split shot 6-8" above the hook. Recently, I've been experimenting with a 1/16 oz crappie jig head and as much nightcrawler as you can get on the hook. It seems to work really well as the jig and worm is falling the larger fish inhale like a vape fiend.

Hope this helps!


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Whitey thanks for the detailed and thoughtful response. I have tried cattle cubes with decent luck. To date I have only tried timber near the creek channel but hope to target some better structure with clearvu and navionics. I add a few tablespoons of bacon grease as well (who knows if it helps).

I like the rigging ideas. Any issues with cats straightening the crappie jig hooks? Sounds like you are fishing at anchor. I think I have some glamorous ideas of drifting catching monster cats on some santee cooper rigs if i can locate some shad. I hope to spend more and more time on the water with the girls while we can. Doesn't really matter what we catch!

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I think I have some glamorous ideas of drifting catching monster cats on some santee cooper rigs if i can locate some shad. I hope to spend more and more time on the water with the girls while we can. Doesn't really matter what we catch!
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Give that drift fishing a try soon as the season is here to do some good fishing for ig cats that way. A lot of big cats in Conroe and Livingston.
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Old 09-22-2019, 08:50 AM   #10
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Great report, lots of smiles for sure. And definitely a great thread, it was a good read with some great input, this is what makes 2 cool so cool!


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