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    Re: Drifting for Catfish???

    Drifting for cats is very productive at Clear Lake. All you need is a small breeze, fresh bait ( I like mackerel or sardines, butterflied and put on the hook with flesh side out) and a little patience. My wife nailed a beautiful 17lb. Channel cat that took about twenty mins to get in due to the light gear. Epic battle that she will never forget. We let him go because we didn't have the heart to keep such a rare beauty, most are brown and yellow.. all done at night, good times....

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    Re: Drifting for Catfish???

    Thanks for the info guys. I'm gonna keep trying cause i'm stubborn like that. I just seems like there's no reason it shouldn't put as many or more fish in the boat drifting rather than sitting. Good luck to all

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    Re: Drifting for Catfish???

    Bill Dance drifts down river for Big Blues on "ol Miss".........
    He used big chunk bait with a enough to drag the bottom.

    The "Other guys" like to anchor and toss large chunks with the sliding weigh right at the hook
    in fast water and target the "Eddies" or whirl pools for bait placement.

    Most big cats look for "Structure" and places that protect them from the current
    that will bring the food to them or at least, near by.
    Log jams or heavy cover give protection, shade, and a great place to wrap up a line
    and get free........ some of the old ones are pretty smart !!

    On one river, I have a log jam that is shared with big cats and.........
    big trout! It is a 50/50 chance of getting those fish.

    The down side is you will loose more setups drifting, though.

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    Re: Drifting for Catfish???

    Drifting for Cats on Clear lake is a popular way to catch them. Look up - Catfish Ed -
    he's got Ideas for lakes.
    My experience is to do it during the summer on flat sandy/mud bottom. Drifting worked pretty good on lake Del Valle in front of the launch ramp.

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    Re: Drifting for Catfish???

    Drifting can work here but those in the south/midwest that drift usually do so looking for flatheads. Flatheads are ambush predators that won't usually follow a sent trail to your bait and you need to bring it to them.

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    Re: Drifting for Catfish???

    I have done it a few times years ago but not hard core. Caught a few but more stripers lol. Never tried in lakes but no reason why it shouldn't work.


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    Re: Drifting for Catfish???

    i've caught some nice ones power drifting minnows on the Sac

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    Drifting for Catfish???

    I have buddies in the Midwest that are drifting for catfish every weekend on there local river and reservoir. Apparently everywhere except for the west coast that's the main way to catch larger catfish. I have tried it a few times at Folsom and Pardee to no luck. Is there anybody that drifts in this area? Any advise would be great thanks all.

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