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: Catfish on a wooly bugger.


Morania
05-01-2003, 11:39 AM
I think I was using a wooly bugger when I caught a foot long catfish in about two feet of water. Is this common. Long as I'm here- could anyone show me a wooly bugger so I know if I got it right?

John Desjardins
05-01-2003, 11:57 AM
Welcome, IMHO catching a catfish on a fly is not a common occurance.

There are a couple of images of wooly buggers in this thread (http://www.flyfishingforum.com/flytalk3/showthread.php?s=&threadid=9611). They also often have bead heads as shown here (http://www.flyfishingforum.com/flytalk3/showthread.php?s=&threadid=9269).

DFix
05-01-2003, 12:17 PM
I'm willing to bet it looked like a leech or a worm to the catfish -

SLURP !!!! :smokin:

Welcome Aboard.

Morania
05-01-2003, 12:18 PM
Turns out I was using one. Not as ornate as the two I just looked at. It came out of a Wal-Mart fly pack.
I think the little bugger just drifted to the bottom at the right time and catfish thought he was having a free caterpillar meal. I've heard of the locals catching big cats on live minnows.

capt_gordon
05-01-2003, 01:41 PM
I too have caught channel cats on fly. Morania it sounds like you are located in NC? Give me a holler

Morania
05-01-2003, 01:46 PM
The rest of the country is gonna think we did something to these poor fish. They think they're just ugly trout.

I'm on Knotts Island up here at the Virginia border. I have some shipmates from Morehead City.

capt_gordon
05-01-2003, 03:14 PM
It sounds like you are just starting out in flyfishing. Check out my website and see if that helps you get going in the right direction. Good luck and keep me posted on your progress.

SDHflyfisher
05-01-2003, 03:18 PM
i wasn't fly fishing but i was fishing for bass w/ a spinnerbait and caught about a 5 pound cat

willmullis
05-01-2003, 08:17 PM
I was just thinking about how crazy it would be hookin a Catfish with a fly, but never heard of anyone ever catching one. Way to go bud!

Morania
05-02-2003, 02:02 AM
Turns out it was a wooly worm, not a bugger.
But hey, I identified the catfish correctly.

Robert Burton
05-02-2003, 01:09 PM
Originally posted by willmullis
I was just thinking about how crazy it would be hookin a Catfish with a fly, but never heard of anyone ever catching one. Way to go bud!
On the Red River, north of Winnipeg, they catch monster channel cats. As well as carp (people come from England for them) drum, walleye, sauger and the odd sturgeon!:whoa: So this year i'm gonna git me some

willmullis
05-02-2003, 05:56 PM
I've seen alot of carp caught on a fly, but monster channel cats! That would be awesome. I come from a huge catfish fishing family, my uncle is a catfish guide on the Ohio River and my father has travelled all over the country doing quite well in Catfish tournaments.

Robert Burton
05-02-2003, 06:17 PM
They catch them best during low water times below the Lockport damn. So if you can find a similiar situation......BIG fish on:whoa:

fishheadfred
05-02-2003, 09:00 PM
we fish a helluva lot of wooly buggers for bass and other species. this time of year, we fish them almost exclusively, and yes on almost every trip, someone manages to land a nice cat. we have caught many cats on minnow imitations and leech patterns...dave's craw patterns work well all summer long in my local haunts....had a nice fast action rod snapped by a nice flathead last year....still got the big boy to the bank....nice dinner, he was

Quentin
05-03-2003, 10:12 AM
Originally posted by fishheadfred
....had a nice fast action rod snapped by a nice flathead last year....still got the big boy to the bank....nice dinner, he was

LOL, he deserved it!

From what I've read and seen on tv, flatheads are more of a predator than a scavenger and actually prefer live food/bait.

In my area we have more bullheads than catfish, but even they will go after lures on occasion. I've also seen a bullhead in an aquarium chasing and eating bait fish. We'd net a bunch of bait, dump it into the tank and enjoy the show. The tank also had sunfish, perch, crappie and largemouths, and the bullhead chased down the bait just as aggressively as the rest of the fish. It would continue to grab bait even before it was even done swallowing what it had in its mouth!

Q

Dble Haul
05-03-2003, 05:30 PM
Originally posted by Quentin
It would continue to grab bait even before it was even done swallowing what it had in its mouth!


That sounds like me at a sushi bar.....:hehe:

fishheadfred
05-03-2003, 11:06 PM
in northeast tennessee where i spent many a summer vacation. local river guides will warn you about using anything smaller than a 7 or 8 wt. rod because of the channnel cats......i've seen many caught on strymph patterns while smallie fishing....green river here in central ky is famous for its cats.....that's where i lost my rod.....50+ lbs. flatheads caught on heavy tackle and hand lines all summer long, especially down through Adair county.....

Hairzear
05-21-2003, 06:16 PM
Im not surprised that you would catch a cat on a big fly. When my son was younger I used to take him down to the Ohio River to fish for smallmouth and sauger. The best way for a kid to catch them is with a minnow and a single split shot. Usually we used big fatheads, about 3 - 4 inches long. It was not unusual to catch a channel cat on a minnow. They are definitely predators. Never caught one on a fly rod, though, probably because they feed near the bottom and the water there is 15-20 feet deep.