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Old 04-12-2020, 11:24 AM
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Can you all offer me any advice for catching blue catfish in the Eastern Bay? I am a complete novice.

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Old 04-12-2020, 05:02 PM
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Don't know about blue catfish but way up the creeks & also the Pocomoke river there's channel cats. This is what I'd consider the middle eastern bay. Used to catch blue cats in the Potomac River around the Lorton area but that's a long ways away from the eastern Shore of the bay
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Originally Posted by Timex View Post
Don't know about blue catfish but way up the creeks & also the Pocomoke river there's channel cats. This is what I'd consider the middle eastern bay. Used to catch blue cats in the Potomac River around the Lorton area but that's a long ways away from the eastern Shore of the bay
This was the Nanticoke River, was shot Bowfishing but have them to about 50# on this side so far, are also in the Wicomico River that runs up to Salisbury


This fish was 38#



Fishing find deep holes on the bottom and around bridge structure, fish cut baits bunker or gizzard/mud shad. Chicken parts, gizzards, hearts, livers, Beef liver. Soaking in bunker oil also works. Also small live bluegills or if can catch large golden shiners (mill roaches) and use for live bait
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Plenty up in the Chester - not a far run fo ryou.
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I have not fished for them there but I would think they are plentiful in the Miles and Wye Rivers too.
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Cut shad,herring,ly drop it to the bottom move around till you catch em if you don't wind em up go further north.blind squirrel can find em.
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I think you will be able to find at least channel cats along the north to mid western shore tributaries with out too much problems and most probably the eastern shore tributaries too.


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When searching for cats and soaking baits, how long will you stay in one spot before moving?
Will you first try to find them on your electronics first before anchoring up?

I work with the current knowing the smell will move, "down stream", almost like chumming to bring them to your baits.
Saved all my snakehead scraps to try and see if the cats like it.


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I will sit about a half hour before moving if the current is running. I have found that the beginning of the current and the end of the current are best, much like rockfish. I do look for them on my fish finder before anchoring up. Here are some shots of recent trips with catfish.




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If you want blue cats fish north of the Bay Bridge at the mouth of the Magothy River.
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While the mouth of the Magothy can be good so can the mouths of the creeks too. We had a number of nice channel and blue cats in the mouth of deep creek. I am sure the mouths of creeks on the wye, chester, and miles would be the same. (enjoy, I am going rockfishing come Friday)




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Originally Posted by iFishMD View Post
While the mouth of the Magothy can be good so can the mouths of the creeks too. We had a number of nice channel and blue cats in the mouth of deep creek. I am sure the mouths of creeks on the wye, chester, and miles would be the same. (enjoy, I am going rockfishing come Friday)


is that your 1971?
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is that your 1971?
no that is my TzT2 with depth shading and satellite overlay
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Can you all offer me any advice for catching blue catfish in the Eastern Bay? I am a complete novice.

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I fish in the Potomac and tributaries for them. Should be in any river around here. Use chicken parts for bait. Food Lion sells gizzards and hearts on trays for $2.00. Stay good on the hooks and fish all day from a tray. Use big hooks and baits to weed out the small cats. Eagle Claw cheap circle hooks with the red finish in 7/0 or 8/0.
Find a deeper hole or humps on the bottom. Look for them on the bottom machine like iFish said. They look like snail trails close to the bottom. Carolina rig, 2 or 3 ft leader; low drag.
If you want to get fancy, shake the chicken parts with jello powder the night before. They like the "red" flavors, cherry or strawberry. This also toughens the bait and makes it easier to stay in the hook, but also makes it sticky. If you wanna get real fancy, Chum them up with cheap wet dogfood the day before. Wet dogfood cans, cheaper the better. They like Ol Roy in beef flavor, or dollar store equivalent.
Poke holes in the can and soak in on the bottom. Tie off can with heavy mono so you can retrieve; don't leave it to rust in the river.
They are good eating, I think. Skin and filet but leave the fat belly meat alone (or use for bait, they are cannibalistic).
Soak the filets in cold ice water, a few turns. This takes all the blood out and leaves nice white flaky meat.
Pan fry or deep fry. Or my favorite, broiled then made into fishcakes.


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