Guide trips include a fully rigged 22 ft. Bay Boat for lake trips and 20 ft. All-Welded Express with a Jet Drive for river trips with equipment and tackle provided.
When fishing for catfish we use rod & reel. For other types of fish, we use standard live and artificial baits.
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Capt. Jeff has been featured on The American Outdoorsman TV Show as well as in the Oklahoma City Oklahoman, Kansas City Star, Daily Oklahoman,
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1) Buy the very best electronics you can afford. I would suggest saving your money and getting one in the $400 to $800 range. My boat is equipped with $1500 of electrinics and they are the most important tools in my boat. I am lost without them.
2) Learn how to read maps while on the water and using your electronics to find all those underwater hiding spots that everybody else is driving over.
3) Learn the habits of your fish. Bluecats have different habits than Channelcats. White bass act different than Crappie. Study the fish themselves and you will soon see that they will show up in the same places and times year after year and bite the same baits year after year. Remember, fish do not know where they live or what lake or state they are in. Patterns from Oklahoma lakes work in Kansas, etc. Fish behave the same wherever they live.
When catfishing a lake with a manmade current or natural current, always anchor your boat on the upstream side of the submerged river channel. It might not even seem like there is any current, but if you have had high water or if they generate for electricty, there will always be a small amount of current flowing through the lake. Fish the submerged river channel just like you would any other river with the current taking the smell of your bait downstream.
The cycle of Bluecats is exactly the same as the cycle of the Shad or other baitfish you have in your lake. Don't kid yourself: pay attention to your fish locator. The masses of Bluecats will always be somewhere around the masses of Shad. Look for the bait, catch some bait, cut them up and driftfish with a carolina rig through the schools of baitfish.
Dont be scared to fish in 30 to 50 feet of water: Bluecats can tollerate deep water yearround.
Always fish for Flatheads with live bait and remember, there is a difference between live bait and lively bait. Make sure your bait is really squirming: the more vibration in the water, the better the chance for a Flathead find it.
Believe it or not, but wintertime is the best time for Bluecats. Catching the fresh bait can be hard, but after that has been accomplished, look for huge schools of fish in the submerged river channel. It might take 4 hours to find the schools, but once you've found them, anchor your boat somewhere on the top side of the channel and cast your baits from the top of the river channel to the bottom of it. Wait 30 minutes and move. If they are there and in a feeding mode, it will be fast and furious action.