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    I have had a decent spring catfishing this spring thus far, but am curious to pick any fellow anglers brain about the eating habits of blue cats in comparison to chanels. Reason being, I have yet to catch a blue this season. Are the blues in deeper water? Do they feed more strictly off live bait? In past seasons the only blues I have landed have been while fishing for other species. Any guidance on blue cat habitat, temperatures, eating habits, temperament ect would be helpful. Thanks

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    Fresh cutbait works just fine. This time of year I find them shallow and at almost all times of the year we catch them mixed in with channels. I assume you are fishing B.O or Conestoga if you are trying for blues. It has been kinda slow so far this year at B.O. We need a nice warm up!

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    Thanks Randy you never disappoint. I've been using sides most of the spring but those have been steadily becoming less effective since late march. Looks like some good Kitty weather coming today and tomorrow I'll try fresh cuts.

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    I know very little as a fisherman, but as a pond owner I have been told that blues are much more piscivorous. A new word I learned which means that they go after live fish, more so than channels.
    Sounds like your experiences in catching blues bears that out.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bullhead View Post
    I know very little as a fisherman, but as a pond owner I have been told that blues are much more piscivorous. A new word I learned which means that they go after live fish, more so than channels.
    Sounds like your experiences in catching blues bears that out.
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    I am far from a fishing expert too, much further from being a catfish expert, but in my experience I've found channels are much less selective in their diet. They're like scavengers while blues prefer meat.
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    The few that we've caught at Wherspann have all been caught on smelt with the exception of one. It was caught on a 1" Gulp fish fry rigged for crappie. The smelt were threaded on 1/0 circle hooks through the mouth and out the back then cut just below the bend in the hook. Tied them on about 3' under a large bobber and drifted around in 5 to 6 FOW. That was back in March and the water temps were still in the upper 40's. Tried it a few weeks ago, about the first week in April and all I could get was a small 9" channel.
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    Tried it a few weeks ago, about the first week in April and all I could get was a small 9' channel
    A 9 foot channel isn't really that small.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Alex T. View Post
    A 9 foot channel isn't really that small.

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    DOH!

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    Blues like crankbaits also. They will eat nasty shad sides in the jar and rotting stuff but do prefer fresh cutbait. I have never caught 1 on live bait but I dont use it often. They dont get big by being picky. The are opertunistic(sp) feeeders just like channels and flattys. Yes I said flattys. I catch a few every year on cutbait.Get on a lake with blues and fish. Cutbait,live bait,hotdogs,bacon,etc if they are hungry they will eat it.

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