James Fox is one of the top competitive cat fishermen in the country he's only one big fish away from being on top of the national tournament rankings. He says if you're persistent, you can catch these guys any time of the year.
"The best time of the year is probably the month of May, during the day, once the summer breaks from July 4th through September, night time and October is another good time, either day or night." says Fox.
He brought in a nice flathead, and about ten minutes later, I did too.
These are probably the species you'll catch on the Ohio, although there are plenty of blues and channel cats, too.
"Mostly flatheads on the pools we're on now, blues, the West Virginia DNR has stocked several blues, they're getting to the 15-30 pounds, there's a fair amount of those."
And right on cue, I was able to hook a nice blue-it's not 30 pounds, but it's a beauty, and it put up a pretty good fight. That's the beauty of catching these big blues! Look at the size of the head on this guy...that's a nice fish. Next we brought in a nice channel cat, they aren't as big as the blues or flatheads, but this guy's pretty nice, too.
Before you hit the water, Fox says you need to make sure you're packing the right bait.
"Fresh bait's probably the number one thing you need to look for, skip jack or shad, keep it on ice, after that look for structure with your depth finder, wood, rock." says Fox.
If you have the right bait, a good spot, and a little time, chances are you'll have a shot at a nice catfish.
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