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Old 06-23-2020, 12:01 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Took my son down to Utah Lake last night so he could get a taste of what it feels like to reel in a big fish.

Just about when the white bass start to slow down(Still had a 30+ fish night last week) the cats get more active as they move in to spawn closer to shore.

We got a rod ready with a slip sinker and some carp meat(caught on the last trip to UL) on a 5/0 circle hook. Also rigged a rod with a bobber and alternated between carp meat, shrimp, and white bass cut bait underneath. Everything under the bobber caught fish. Most weren't very far from shore. The cut bait on the bottom didn't get any action for a while, but we eventually pulled a nice eater cat in off the bottom too.



The white bass may not be on fire any more, but they are always around, and some of them are willing to cannibalize a big chunk of their own kind on a 5/0 circle hook.

The 7 Y/O graduated to a spinning rod yesterday after figuring out how to operate the reel without getting tangled(for the most part.) He was thrilled to toss a curly tail jig in between catfish hookups. He managed to pull in a tiny white bass with zero assistance from Dad, and he was more proud of that than any of the big catfish he reeled in.



Last thing he asked last night before he fell asleep is where we were going fishing the next day(today.)

Nothing better if you ask me.

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Good job man, raising him right. Nothing better.
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Amazing
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Old 06-23-2020, 02:35 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Awesome! I love seeing the kids involved
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Fantastic report!

A buddy and I went out this morning and caught about 30 cats each, plus a couple of whites and mudcats. They are spawning and willing to bite.

Mostly C&R for us but a couple of cat fillets are in the marinade right now for Southern style catfish tonight.
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Fantastic report!

A buddy and I went out this morning and caught about 30 cats each, plus a couple of whites and mudcats. They are spawning and willing to bite.

Mostly C&R for us but a couple of cat fillets are in the marinade right now for Southern style catfish tonight.

30 each!! Thatís a good day! None of those cats are small either. Same here as far as releasing. We kept 2 of the medium sized cats at the insistence of my son and everything else went back, except the white bass. He got cut into a few chunks and used to catch a few more big uglies.

The circle of life in a sense.


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We were on a boat, mostly out at Bird Island. It makes it a bit easier to do well, but as you said, many are up close in the rocks now.

I'm second guessing myself for only keeping one cat. The Southern style catfish was really good tonight.
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Thanks for the update. Congrats to you and your son!
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Follow up: Sunday Lunch from a few weeknight fishing trips this week including some of our Utah Lake Cats. Catfish are tasty and we tried a new method for whole-fried bluegill that was also phenomenal.



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