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highasakite
08-26-2005, 08:15 AM
Mr.Pescador and I took my girls out Sunday morning to catch some nice fat kitties. Overall the action was hit or miss in the narrows throughout the day. We fished from 8:30 until about 5:00 and caught and released 12 cats to 4.5 Lbs and 2 other unknown fish about 3 Lbs each. I think they are called squawfish. We used Livers for bait and caught most fish 2 or 3 at a time then nothing for a while. Notice the small gold color catfish in the pics. We have never seen a cat like this before?

PS, Let me be another one on these boards to thenk Ken_fishinfool for the assistance he gave us on Sunday. Ken you are topnotch. The kids and I appreciate the help. We will have to hit the lake together again soon.

Note, We tried using circle hooks for Catfish as a recent magazine article suggested. We used size 2\0 and 4\0 circle hooks as well as regular size 1 Catfish hooks. Overall I saw no advantage to the circle hooks over the regualar hooks. We actually had more gut hooks with the circles then with the regualars and it was very difficult remebering to not set the hook as you are used to doing. The only fish lost all day at the hookset was when I had just casted out using a circle hook and I had the pole in my hand and the Cat hit it as soon as it hit the bottom it was a natural reaction to set the hook, I did and the bait came right out of his mouth. My 2 Cents.
Happy fishing
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h00kie
08-26-2005, 08:31 AM
Nice going guys. Congrats on the catch. 5th pictured could be an albino cat ???

ken_fishnfool
08-26-2005, 09:19 AM
Not a true albino as the eyes aren't pink, but it's one pretty fish! I've never seen one like it.
Beatiful pic's and BIG SMILES! ;D
(I've been using #6 hooks and about 75% of the fish are hooked in the corner of the mouth.)

See you out there again soon!

highasakite
08-26-2005, 09:26 AM
Ken,

With a number 6 hook, Have you had any issues with larger Catfish bending or breaking the hook? What line size do you use. My larger cat poles have 12 Lb test. 8 Lb if I am using my smaller poles.

Jon

ken_fishnfool
08-26-2005, 09:44 AM
I use 6 to 10 pound test (depending on which poles I have with me) and have never had a hook break. I loose a few in brush, weeds or rocks when they wrap me. Just be sure your drag is set so a good pull can strip out line and take your time fighting them. ::)
(I buy Eagle Claw Bronze Laser Sharp 50 packs, not the real thin wire hooks like Gamagatsu) ;) A side benefit of these hooks is they rust out in less than two weeks so I don't mind giving up the hook if it's too deep.

Diego916
08-26-2005, 12:20 PM
Nice job! ;D

That is a BIG squaw (Sacramento Pike Minnow), and the cats are nice, too!

The 5th down is a yellow bullhead, not an albino channel. You can tell by the over-developed barbells on top of its head and its flatter (less forked) tail.

Thanks for the report! :)

Mr.Pescador
08-26-2005, 03:39 PM
The yellow one was definately a channel.It looks a little different because of the way he's turned.

ken_fishnfool
08-26-2005, 04:51 PM
Maybe he was eating worms that live in the gold mine at the bottom of the lake! :P

mike22ca
08-26-2005, 04:55 PM
You sure that cat wasnt caught at rancho seco? lol

Trout_Terminator
08-26-2005, 08:05 PM
Very Nice! thanks cool that your kids got some fish.

qwerty
08-26-2005, 08:55 PM
The yellow one was definately a channel.It looks a little different because of the way he's turned.

Exactly what I was thinking.

MB_Kevin
08-26-2005, 11:42 PM
cute pic I should go to Del Valle this time of year. I never seen and would trip out If I caught a yellow cat. that is cool.
great job. ;)

duckhunter916
08-29-2005, 09:48 PM
nice pics i like the yellow one

Zepplock
09-03-2005, 10:19 PM
lol, albino catfish.

here's pictures from my friends's trip to del valle:

http://fisherdiary.com/?q=node%2f208

fishsearch
09-07-2005, 03:32 PM
Zepplock,
I checked out the link you provided and read up on the fishing report briefs on Del Valle. You indicated you were busting the 8lb line. Were there a lot of snags where you were fishing for catfish at Del Valle? Which area(s)?

I may be heading there this Sunday with some friends to fish in the narrows. We usually use 4-6lb test and have caught catfish and bass up to 4lbs without any problems.

Zepplock
09-07-2005, 03:55 PM
That was a report by my friend.
I think he had bad line the 1st day and 8lb and 12lb line a day after.

Check the map to see the fishing spot. And please create your awn diary.


Zepplock,
I checked out the link you provided and read up on the fishing report briefs on Del Valle. You indicated you were busting the 8lb line. Were there a lot of snags where you were fishing for catfish at Del Valle? Which area(s)?

I may be heading there this Sunday with some friends to fish in the narrows. We usually use 4-6lb test and have caught catfish and bass up to 4lbs without any problems.

fishsearch
09-12-2005, 09:33 AM
An old college friend wanted to kick back on a lake and try some fishing. We decided to give Del Valle a try for catfish this past Sunday morning. The fishing seemed rather slow. Did we do something wrong or hit the wrong spots? :)

The spots we tried included the rock wall and cove on the left side of the narrows (watch out for small yellow jacket nest in the right side mud wall of the cove about half way in), thule/weed patches right across the narrows from this cove, and various locations in Badger Cove. No strikes until we entered Badger Cove. We landed a few fish in Badger Cove on nightcrawlers and lost even more fish on nightcrawlers and a few others on chicken livers.

My friend brought in a a nice fat 2.5 catfish on nightcrawlers. His rod jumped on a few other occasions, but whatever fish was on the other end managed to get off as quickly as they hit.

I caught a fat (est.) 14.5"-15" striped bass and an 8" largemouth bass (both released) in Badger Cove. I'm hooked on striped bass fishing now. Pound for pound, they sure fight hard, stripping out 6lb line from my light set-up in long bursts. I lost three other fish that hit my bait hard, but they jumped off before nearing the boat. I suspect 2 could have been larger catfish as they took the chicken liver. The other one that hit the worm could have been a bass, as I could feel a lot of hard shaking going on below. Overall, nightcrawlers outfished chicken liver 10:1 in terms of tempting hits...

Within 15 minutes of our departure at 11:35am, we received 7 consecutive hard hits, but no fish to show for it. Just bang, bang, bang,... fish on for a while with burst of drag... then fish off! :(

By the way, watch out for sunken trees and weeds in Badger Cover. I wrapped up on several occasions and fortunately lost only one hook. When the sun is high, you can see the logs branching into the water and weeds popping up.

Master_Caster
09-12-2005, 07:50 PM
Hey fishsearch,

I'll share with you a little trick I picked up from another member. Got catfish fish hitting, but no hook ups? Try leaving your bail open so the fish can run for for a bit and not feel any weight. I was having the same problem until I did the free spool thing. After that it was FISH ON every time!