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I want to take my son out some local lakes to catch some decent size catfish, problem is I really only have a little knowledge on where to find them, what bait to use, etc... I've caught plenty in creeks and rivers, but that's pretty easy, that water is only so big.. As far as a lake goes, I really can only guess. I have a feeling that some of you out there have a great deal of know how on the subject, so throw me some pointers! All help will be put to good use! Thanks in advance NCanglers!
 

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I want to take my son out some local lakes to catch some decent size catfish, problem is I really only have a little knowledge on where to find them, what bait to use, etc... I've caught plenty in creeks and rivers, but that's pretty easy, that water is only so big.. As far as a lake goes, I really can only guess. I have a feeling that some of you out there have a great deal of know how on the subject, so throw me some pointers! All help will be put to good use! Thanks in advance NCanglers!

Rob I work with a guy that can tell you a lot he only fishes for big cats and Im sure he will help you out Ill talk to him tomorrow and put you guys in touch.
 

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Go to that lake macintosh near you, you can fish almost anywhere and catch them. I like fishing around the bridges and in the back of coves or around where where creeks come into ect. They will eat everything. ive caught them on Buzzbaits, rubber worms, crank baits, Bee Jay dough bait, Cut bait (shad, croker) Night crawlers, Chicken livers, my favorite is to use raw medium sized shrimp from the grocery store on a med sized thick circular bait hook. I put a weight just heavy enough to keep the line tight on the bottom about a foot above the hook. Cast it in the channel, reel you line tight and hold on to the rod because as soon as you sit it down it will go swimming haha. If you come down to Fayetteville I have a channel cat honey hole
 

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Thanks Rob, thats pretty much what I know, never heard of using shrimp though. I've been to Mackintosh a few times here in the last couple of weeks, the water is pretty deep, even up around the creek that comes in the channel is around 30', and deeper still out towards the main part of the lake.. But I dont suppose that matters? I've been bass fishing there, there are a lot of nice large mouth to be caught. I'm going tomorow maybe I'll try my luck with some cats, think I have some shrimp in the freezer that have been there too long to eat. Thnaks for the pointers!
 

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30ft should matter but i like back coves ect. Back home in missouri people rip huge cats in the middle of coves where water is deeper. id say i like 3ft-15 foot
 

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Ok I'll keep that in mind headed out now, I'll post the results!
 

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I've been trying to figure out catfish patterns. I just started fishing for them this spring and managed to catch 16 in the last 3 days. It seems like they only feed according to solunar times, during the day they're deep, at night they're shallow and that's about all there is to it.

What have you guys noticed?
 
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