The former West Virginia State record Bluecat caught during a Cabala's tournament September 12th 2009 fish was caught by Lynn Lange weighed in at 29.75# and was 42 inches long she was using a Blackhorse custom made rod from Lyle Stokes.
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Lynn's 88 pound BlueCat 2005 U.S. Cats Tournament West Point Kentucky
US Cats tournament record fish
I just installed one of these units in 2007 on my 125 Gallon livewell on my boat and I must say that Steve Douglas has come up with an awesome system.
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Hi, My name is Tim Lange, Welcome to my Catfish web Site, most people know me as "DOC".
Site constructed as a tutorial to help people who want to fish the rivers of Ohio for the most beautiful fish out there the catfish, just ask me I'll tell you!
All cats caught on rod and reel and pictures taken and released alive to be caught another day, Please practice catch and release, it takes years to grow these brutes!!!
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Equipment: We use all Abu 7000 reels spooled with 40# Berkley Big Game line snelled Owner circle hooks, our rods are custom made Blackhorse Rods made by Lyle Stokes We fish mainly the Ohio River.
Simrad NSS8 Touch on the left, Lowrance HDS 12 Touch on the right
Our boat is a 24 foot long 2009 SeaArk ProCat240. It is powered with a 175 Horse Suzuki four stroke Outboard and has a 32 gallon Shad tank up front that I have modified and a 52 gallon livewell in the rear and a custom made 125 gallon livewell fabricated by myself. The boat has a 50 gallon fuel tank and in February 2012 I purchased a Rhodan 80# thrust 24 volt trolling motor on the bow. This boat has a 15 degree hull which should make it ride very comfortable on the Ohio River, it has four Tempress Captains chairs and two fold down chairs that mount on the front and rear decks of this boat. Boat is fully equipped with Monster Rod holders rod holders
Bait: We fish mainly with live Shad or dead fresh Shad and also Skipjacks if we can find them. I prefer the live Shad but Lynn will use nothing but cut Shad or Skipjack. In the last few years we have mainly been fishing with fresh dead bait.
I use a 25lb. Richter anchor to keep the boat in place, We anchor the boat from the front with 125' of rope this allows the boat to move freely in the current it may sway a couple of feet from side to side or more when one of the barges or big boats go by, if it does that then I put out my trusty bucket anchor or the drift socks.
but the current will make the boat come right back, the Richter is one of the best anchors on the market for river anchoring, for safety I always keep a knife by the front cleat in case you need to get out of the area in a hurry. I fish mainly out the back of the boat. We place the rods in rod holders that are in different locations on the boat.
Locations: When I'm fishing the Ohio I'm looking for different things on my Lowrance, one of those things are bait fish ,mainly shad, they show as clouds on the screen
and where there are shad the catfish are right behind them, most of the time they are always working up the river against the current.
Drop off's are very important, they allow catfish to rest and also hide to bust an unwary shad should he come close. One of the best place's on the Ohio is the channel runs that the barges use to navigate the river, the sides can drop very sharply and deep, and catfish use these as a highway for food. Look for areas that have sharp changes in depth, not gradual changes, trees will pile up in these areas and draw shad and catfish, seen a couple of cars in these areas in 1998 and they were a magnet for catfish.
I look for current, and in 1998 and 1999 it was tough due to the lack of rain, but what current we have found we have caught fish. A very good place to fish is near the mouths of the many marinas located on the Ohio, bait fish like to hang around the chunk rock that is placed to cut erosion down around these openings and catfish love to hang in these areas, I usually fish away from the area near the channel line, and try not to fish in the mouth itself so that I don't bother the boat traffic that runs in and out of the area.
Tributaries are another hot spot, where the water flows in is usually where the catfish lie to ambush there prey. Bait fish gather in these areas and the catfish move in eagerly to feed on them.
Hot water discharges from the power plants concentrate baitfish and bring cats on the run for an easy meal. Be careful when fishing around the barge areas, they have a tendency to move on there own, they are a great place to catch flatheads, the barge cuts the current.
Gars can be a real pain on the Ohio, there a lot of fun to catch as when they get near the boat they like to do tail walking and head jerking from side to side to get rid of that hook, I always manage to catch one of these things only when I'm fishing in a Tournament I have found if you go to deeper water they will not bother your bait as much, they seem to like the shallow waters. Where gars are Channel cats are nearby, keep that in mind. Here's some information on the times to fish the river.
Provides some good fishing for Blue cats and Channels that are concentrated in small areas. Large numbers of fish can be caught during these months. These is the months that the big Blues roam the deep water.
Good time to catch Channels, Blues, Flatheads.
May 20- June 20
Very good time to catch big Flatheads before the spawn. Big channels are also caught during this time.
June 20- September 10
Good Flathead and Channel cat fishing.
September 10- October 25
Provides some great fishing for big Flatheads that are schooling, Big channels are also being caught at this time.
Best time to catch Blues and Channels in large numbers, Average 10 to 15 fish per day.
If you have questions about catfishing e-mail me.
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Thanks to my wife Lynn, she picked all the music for our site and we put a lot of hours on the river fishing and working on this webpage, We tournament fish all through the summer and I have one of the best partners in the world when it comes to chasing down Flatheads and Blue Cats " Baby you are the best" Thanks
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