View Full Version : Catfish on soft plastics? Two no less in the same day!

05-25-2016, 07:15 AM
Decent bluegills caught - approx 2 doz. but this you'll find hard to believe - a picture is proof!

First catfish caught in the morning :
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second catfish caught in the afternoon on a different bait:


The fight for the first fish was at least three minutes; the second a little less and on a different lure (also on my soft plastic creation.)

Come to think of it, last year I had a fish on that gave me the same incredible fight in the same location but it got lost in the shallow weeds and broke the line. Could it have been the same fish? Freak'n strange to say the least ! At least this time neither fish broke the 6lb test line (if it was two separate fish....) I forgot my scale which would have told the story. (wt. approx. first cat over 7 lbs; 2nd cat around 5 lbs.)

05-25-2016, 07:29 AM
We catch catfish quite often on soft plastics. It only takes a millisecond to realize it's not a crappie! Glad they gave you a good fight!

05-25-2016, 08:03 AM
jigs catch about anything in the water.

05-25-2016, 08:08 AM
Yep! Catch em quite often. Even longlining at 1.3mph they will suck em in.

Erin Brewer
05-25-2016, 08:21 AM
you can catch cats on cranks also!

05-25-2016, 08:37 AM
catch them all the time long lining road runners on Ky lake, they love soft plastics

05-25-2016, 01:39 PM
Last Sat. we caught 3 cats trolling crankbaits for crappie. Biggest was a 15 lb flathead, about an 8 lb flathead and about a 6 lb channel. All on one point. Everytime we pulled over it, we caught a cat.

Rusty Lee
05-25-2016, 02:57 PM
I've caught a few 5lb cats on curly tail worms, good times

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05-25-2016, 03:00 PM
I've seen a 10lb catfish caught on a piece of cutoff shoestring before, I just figured the boy had smelly feet.. Lol. But yeah, them sapsuckers will bite just about anything..

05-25-2016, 03:38 PM
we ketch all kinds of fish on jigs .....sometimes lots of them .....3 catfish in a row one day in about that many minutes made me move the boat ,,,LOL

05-25-2016, 03:43 PM
Man I've caught about everything on jigs.

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05-25-2016, 06:03 PM
Not uncommon at all, catch two or three every time I'm casting or vertical jigging it seems.

05-25-2016, 07:55 PM
Common here to catch Catfish of all species on artificial baits . i have caught as many or 6 or 7 a trip on a Crappie jig in hot weather . Some good ones too . I catch a little of everything on jigs . (Carp ,Drum , Buffalo, Bass , Catfish (Blues, Channels ,Flatheads ) Gar ,ect)

05-25-2016, 08:00 PM
Learn something new everyday! Thought it was a fluke (yeah I know, it was a catfish.) Bet it would have fried up nice.

05-25-2016, 08:16 PM
Have you ever saw them caught on a night crawler ball!?!?

Oregon slabman
05-25-2016, 11:35 PM
The best day we've had with cats on jigs was 13 on the Snake River. I think they cruise the shoreline eating crappie spawn.

05-26-2016, 07:48 AM
I have only caught two catfish in my life, and both of them were on jig and soft plastic combos while smallmouth bass fishing.240089

05-26-2016, 04:43 PM
I catch them frequently when I use crappie nibbles in conjunction with my jigs. Amazon.com: crappie nibbles: Sports & Outdoors (http://amzn.to/1sS4Ja1)

I sometimes want to call them everything nibbles, lol. Bass, Perch and Bluegill love them as well.

Thanks for sharing.

05-26-2016, 05:04 PM
Amazing how many crossover baits exist - baits that catch many fish species. My brother-in-law used to frustrate his brother using weird baits in a tournament and outfish his brother using only standard bass baits (larger crankbaits, spinnerbaits, plastic worms, etc.). Guess fish don't read fishing magazines...

05-29-2016, 08:24 AM
I catch quite a few cats on tube jigs . My dad has the largest I ever heard of , a 20 lb blue cat out of Toledo Bend on a jig pole. He said it took 30 minutes to land it.

05-29-2016, 09:54 AM

Pretty common around here. Her us a nice one that came on a crappie jig and 4lb line a few weeks ago.

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05-29-2016, 10:23 AM
Caught this one this spring on a BG baby shadhttp://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20160529/5e0d4cd6019b7c1f98e6352da36e6c51.jpg

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wannabe fisherman
05-29-2016, 11:51 AM
WHY NOT?? most fish eat the same things so if one will take plastic why not another?