My fishing buddy Matt Seymore is hooked on catching trophy blue catfish from his kayak. Final summer season, his largest fish got here from Lake Guntersville, in Alabama, and weighed 40 kilos, however he caught dozens of them within the 10- to 30-pound vary. Right here’s how he does it.
Seymore makes use of a 7- to 7½-foot medium-heavy outfit with 50-pound braid. He makes use of a regular catfish rig: a three⁄Four- to 1-ounce egg sinker, bead, swivel, heavy mono chief, and eight/zero circle hook. Moreover some additional sort out, minimize skipjack for bait, and a stringer, Seymore carries a contour map of the lake. He doesn’t have a depthfinder, so he must consistently examine the map.
Earlier than he goes fishing, Seymore checks current-generation predictions as a result of he’s realized which water-release charges work finest. Then he focuses on possible areas along with his map, akin to elevated offshore flats and creek channels that drop off into the primary lake. He normally fishes round 18 to 25 ft deep. Seymore catches most of his blues over mussel-shell bottoms.
More often than not Seymore drift-fishes with two rods. “I forged the rigs simply forward of me, allow them to sink to the underside, after which reel in two turns of line. Then, I maintain the nostril of the boat into the wind with my paddle and begin drifting backward. My rods are held horizontally to the water’s floor. If I’m not having any luck, it’s normally as a result of I’m drifting too quick.”
Huge blues hit onerous, however it’s vital to be affected person and let the circle hook do its job. These fish might weigh two-thirds or extra of what the boat weighs, in order that they’ll pull you round as soon as hooked. “One factor I’ve realized is to again my drag off once I get them close to the floor,” he says. “The massive ones surge after they see the boat, they usually can flip a kayak in a rush.”
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