Monday, May 7, 2018

Cool For Cats

No, not the supermegastar pop band fronted up by Jools Holland, but the fish, catfish. At least that was the hope as I drove to a top secret Texan location.

At first it was pretty slow sledding, with a couple of halfhearted nibbles on my go to worm and not much else at all. Then a boat pulled up, "We've been at it for hours, nothing!" 

I shrugged and cast off again, wondering if the expedition would be a bust. So why not change up the bait? Nothing ventured, nothing gained.

Several pieces of shrimp added to the worm and a slow retrieve later, something got fierce on the hook and a fight was on. Then up came a catfish.

And another, and another, and another in a kind of we-love-the-shrimp-worm-combo feeding frenzy. Great result and a fast 45 minutes or so of good action; out went the line, in came the fish, 6 in the end. 

After that things started to quiet down but I wasn't complaining, the sport had been good and it was time to head for home.

Next time I'll bring a cooler and keep a few. Fry those cats up.

Tight lines,



LL said...

Ok, that may be fine for some of your blog readers. I require more details. Did you use those little frozen cocktail shrimp or were they live bait? There's a world of difference between the two and I have a mind to replicate your success at some point in the future. Come on, LSP, we need DETAILS.

LSP said...

That's a very good question, LL.

The worms were live and the shrimp was frozen -- "Wild Gulf Caught Shrimp" (raw), claims the packet and I wasn't sure if it'd work but it did, especially with the worm combo. Next time I'll try Walmart's jumbo variant. (

According to reports, these work well in some places and not at all in others. Give it a go and if they're a bust you can always eat them.

Adrienne said...

Having grown up about a block from the mighty Mississippi in St.Paul, I retain my repugnance of the very idea of actually eating catfish. Bottom dwelling nasty fish that no self respecting person would actually eat. I had to keep those opinions to myself after moving to Houston, but I still never at catfish.

LSP said...

I'm not a great catfish eater, Adrienne, but that's more by accident than anything else. I think the water they're fished from makes a difference, along with age and size of course.

I think some of these lake cats might be pretty tasty...