Jim Gronaw, Recreational Angler
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Posted on August 12, 2014 | Permalink
Change of Pace Catfishing
Location: Local Pond
We took a break from our standard issue bass and bluegill efforts to try a little late evening channel catfishing this past week. Fishing was not fast and furious, but we did manage to bank some quality fish. We used European bite alarm systems and hit a couple different small lakes that we knew held some good catties. We used a variety of baits, had numerous runs, and caught the majority of our fish on chicken livers wrapped in cheese clothe 'sacs' and fished on the bottom with no weight.
Big fish honors went to my son Matt who banked a brutish 30 plus incher. This same fish may well have been hooked by my bro-in-law Paul just the night before, as we recovered a stainless circle hook and matching mono from this fish before we released it.
Anglers should be aware that many small public lakes and private ponds offer excellent big-fish opportunities with blue-collar baits like livers, imitation crab meat, pickled herring and more leading to fish in the 5 to 15 pound category. Pictured are Matt Gronaw, Paul Sell and myself with late evening catfish.