Today we’re fishing for a mix of Bass and catfish. We’ve got brutal post-front conditions that have completely shut down the bite! Instead of giving up we decide to continue the multi-species trend and turn our attention from bass to catfish. This isn’t the kind of cat fishing you’re used to, we’ve discovered that in cold water the big catfish school up and devour a spoon! Come along for a few very wet, very windy, very cold hours on Clearlake!
Fishing for big catfish is an awesome alternative to bass in the cold Winter months. Unlike the bass, catfish thrive in cold water and will readily chase baitfish and attack fast moving lures. We choose to target them with one of our favorite Fall bass techniques, the deep jigging spoon. Unfortunately today the “first cast curse” got the best of us and the bite ended just as quickly as it began. We caught a few tiny catfish, blackfish, and hitch off camera but the big channel catfish we were after had stopped biting.
Instead of simply giving up we continued to endure the cold (with frozen hands and toes) in pursuit of at least one bass to round out the day. When conditions are this tough our confidence lies in the crankbait. It took less than 10 minutes to catch a Clearlake bass on the crank despite the brutal conditions. As soon as we had a fish we headed back to the ramp to get warmed up.
Today wasn’t the great fishing we’ve grown to love on our home lake, it was downright tough. Tough fishing during brutal weather conditions is the reality of Winter. When you’re faced with the same conditions we were, it doesn’t have to be a bust. If you bear down and endure, even the toughest conditions will yield a fish or two.
Below is a breakdown of the baits and equipment we were using to catch these fish.
Spoon- Blade Runner 1 3/4 oz Duh (Morning Dawn, Electric Chicken): http://bit.ly/2aKVLlG
Crankbait- River2Sea Tactical DD 75 (Mirrored Minnow): http://bit.ly/37dclbX
Rod- Denali Attax 7’2″ Medium Heavy: http://bit.ly/2tDsOa0
Reel- Daiwa Tatula SV TWS: http://bit.ly/2xALqpz
Line- Sunline Assassin 20 lb Fluorocarbon: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
Matt’s Crankbait Combo…
Rod- G Loomis IMX Pro 906 CBR: http://bit.ly/2og0BmK
Reel- Shimano Bantam MGL HG: http://bit.ly/2H44yjG
Line- 12 lb Sunline Assassin: http://bit.ly/2h4LNjm
Be sure to visit UnexploredPodcast.com and connect with us on social below.
Hear the Unexplored Podcast at any of the below…