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Offline gator gar

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Catfish anyone???
« on: June 12, 2011, 12:27:46 PM »
Went out on Lake Livingston this morning and caught 25 blue cats in 1 hour and 10 minutes of being on the water, drifting jugs. What could you do with a pile of fillets???










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Re: Catfish anyone???
« Reply #1 on: June 12, 2011, 02:44:17 PM »
what is "drifting jugs"?
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Re: Catfish anyone???
« Reply #2 on: June 12, 2011, 03:07:41 PM »
Nice catch Gator!  The fish sure are consistent in size.

Dan, jug fishing is a common method for taking catfish in the south.  Its simply some kind of jug (rules vary by state) with a line and baited hook attached.  I think gators pic of the blue cooler contains the jugs.  Once baited you throw them out in the water.  The baited hook dangles a short distance below. Soon the fun begins and you chase them in a boat when a fish bites.  They are self setting, the harder the fish pulls the better the hook sets.  The jugs drift around until the fish bites, then they are pulled around by the fish. Its fun.  Gator thanks for sharing.
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Re: Catfish anyone???
« Reply #3 on: June 12, 2011, 03:14:00 PM »
Florida doesn't allow jug fishing, but we can 'Bush hook' in most waters.

I'll bet Texas Ranger would love to have a bunch of those dressed fish.
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« Reply #4 on: June 12, 2011, 03:34:55 PM »
Looks like you need to invite all yer friends and relatives over for a Fishfry. :)
Really nice looking fillets.
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Re: Catfish anyone???
« Reply #5 on: June 12, 2011, 06:09:20 PM »
Nice fish there,

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Re: Catfish anyone???
« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2011, 06:18:52 PM »
Mmmmmmm,  fryer's.
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Re: Catfish anyone???
« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2011, 07:02:00 PM »
Wilddog,
A bush hook is a piece of line with a sinker and a hook that you tie on a small limb hanging over the creek and bait with anything from cut bait to live shiners or bream.   The bait is submerged to the bottom sometimes, or is hung so that a live bait will cause a bit  of ruckus at the surface.  The catfish eats the bait and the limb acts as the pole.  You set them out, visit them regularly throughout the day/night to get the fish and re-bait them.  Then, when you finish, you pick them up and take them home.

The problem that wild-life officers have is that some people won't pick them up.
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Re: Catfish anyone???
« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2011, 08:05:21 PM »
sounds like 'gator huntin' to me, tom!
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Re: Catfish anyone???
« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2011, 09:24:48 PM »
Very similar but the bait is in the water instead of being suspended above it.  In the big rivers near me, limb lining (bush hooks) result in some very large flathead catfish being caught.
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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2011, 10:05:03 PM »
i may rig up my bathtub and see what I catch....


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Re: Catfish anyone???
« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2011, 08:43:29 AM »
Them are just the right size for frying whole. I have got to get out and do some trotlining. I haven't caught any catfish in far far too long. It's been years.
I like the sink set up for cleaning. Is it yours or at the dock?
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2011, 09:34:50 AM »
Yes, the sink set-up is mine,here at the house. This time of year, when you are drifting jugs, you catch alot of what we call market sized catfish.They look like they are all cut from the same mold. In the winter time, when I anchor a different type of jug, or use trotlines, you catch a variety of sized fish. Mostly bigger fish. Depends on the school of fish you happen to be over.

My buddy, who owns a fish market, fished the same morning as I did, but went farther out in the main lake and said he was catching plenty of 2-4 pounders. He had 36 in his boat when I called him at 8;40 in the morning as I was rolling my last jug up. The limit is 50 fish per day here on Lake Livingston.

I used to commercial fish for catfish and am usually pretty good at it. We like to have our limit in the boat by at least 10 am. Earlier if possible. Now days, I like to go out, hit them hard, catch all that I want to clean in this heat and come home as early as possible.

There is an art to drifting jugs. I learned from the guys that make a living off of doing it, day in and day out. On average I may have a loss rate of 1%. That's one fish per 100 that comes off my hook, when I try to get it in the boat. The way these jugs are designed is simple, but deadly.

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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2011, 10:34:24 AM »
We set trot lines and Yo Yo's tied to limbs hanging over the water around here.  That is a fine looking catch.
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« Reply #14 on: June 14, 2011, 03:39:31 AM »
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A bush hook is a piece of line with a sinker and a hook that you tie on a small limb hanging over the creek and bait with anything from cut bait to live shiners or bream.   The bait is submerged to the bottom sometimes, or is hung so that a live bait will cause a bit  of ruckus at the surface.  The catfish eats the bait and the limb acts as the pole.  You set them out, visit them regularly throughout the day/night to get the fish and re-bait them.  Then, when you finish, you pick them up and take them home.


Ah, now if you just called em "springers" I'd know what you mean :D Thanks for the explanation Tom.
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« Reply #15 on: June 14, 2011, 07:38:40 AM »
Fine catch Mark! 8)
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« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2011, 08:40:08 PM »
I love deep fried, whole catfish about that size. Have any of you ever tried pickling catfish? I can't imagine that it would be bad. Nice white meat. I used to think walleye was tops until I moved South and started eating catfish. I'd eat catfish before I'd eat walleye now.

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« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2011, 11:49:36 PM »
Try hitting em with McCormick seasonall and smoking em...guys, thats fine eating.
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« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2011, 07:00:52 AM »
Beer batter & deep fried  :)

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More catfish fillets.
« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2011, 11:56:02 AM »
Went out this morning and put a hurt on them pretty quick. Caught 24 in just over an hour.











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