I've also caught channel cats on crankbaits (shad, crawfish, minnow, doesn't
seem to matter). Talk about a mess. Too many sharp things in one place!
And there's no smell involved there... That's their lateral line "backup"
kicking into primary sense.
I think the points about their olfactory keeness is that they _are_ one big
nose, sniffing out whatever comes their way, rather than bothering with
organs that require light to work.
My comment about them as a family being the premier predators of North
America serves this... A kingly fish would only desire a kingly meal, and a
fresh live one at that. But they're also incredible opportunists, and
aren't too haughty to take some left over scraps, thus adding to their
success as a family. Unfortunately, someone got the idea somewhere that
this was more like begging and have tainted the king's image as a scrounge.
But that's fine with me. They can leave their stinky messes on the bottom,
getting all hung up, while I go through a whole pool or run and catch every
feeding fish :) And that's no joke... When we don't have anything happen
for 10 minutes we move up or down to the next run and a hot bite starts all
Those are the days when you close your eyes at the end and all you can see
is your rod tip twitch and then set. Man I could use one of those days
right now. Thank goodness Spring seems to be setting in here now.
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> I'm not sure I understand what you guys are saying about catfish. While
> species can be caught on stink baits I have found that fresh even better
> bait is best for many species of catfish. Flatheads love live sunfish and
> other really like live worms or night crawlers. I used to run trot lines
> regularly and I found that live bait out performs stink bait every time.
> bait was more likely to catch snapping turtles than catfish. Many times of
> alternate each hook on a trot line with a different bait, live crayfish,
> sunfish, night crawlers, or dough balls or chicken liver and some of the
> disgusting stink baits. The live baits always won out with more catches.
> even caught channel cats on spinners a few times.
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