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  • Catfishing Heavy Current Techniques

    Catfishing - Techniques for Heavy Current

    Catfishing dam spills is a great way to boat some really impressive fish. The south is loaded with hydroelectric dams, so the opportunities are plenty. The volume of water being released from any given dam is directly related to power usage and the most usage takes place in the cooler months, due to heating demands. This is coincides with a metabolic change in catfish. As the temperatures drop, fish are triggered to fatten up for the coming winter. The main contention with fishing the transition into the cooler months is dealing with the spill rate. To generate more power, you have to release more water. This creates really heavy current. This is both good and dangerous. Dealing with current is not childs play. In this catfishing video, Tennessee angler Marc Cooper shares his keen insights on how to fish for giant catfish in this heavy current. You will learn how to position and anchor your boat in heavy current. You have to get you boat positioned right in order to drop baits on your spot. This is not always easy with 40,000 cfs of water pushing your boat. Marc will demonstrate how to do this with his crude anchoring system. Once he gets staged, he will show you the bait he uses, emphasizing the critical importance of freshness. With good fresh bait, you will see how to hook it and set out a spread of food for the catfish. His catfishing prowess is on full display for your use. In this video he catches a slob flathead catfish and a slob blue catfish back to back. It almost seems too easy. But, if you follow the methodology Marc demonstrates, you will be boating similar pigs. Catching big fish comes down to having a system that pays close attention to the small things and executing it with sound fishing skills. Take what Marc shares and incorporate it into your fishing program. You will be fishing smarter and catching big catfish.

  • Catfishing Blue Catfish Fall Transition

    Blue Catfish Fishing Techniques - Fall Transition

    With less light in the day and cooling temperatures comes a big change in blue catfish behavior. Catfishing during the fall transition can be some of the best fishing you will experience. This change in nature sets off a metabolic trigger in blue catfish that they need to start fattening up for winter. With the feed bag on, the fish are aggressive. Knowing how to sort through a given area to find where the big catfish will be setting up is critical. Captain Scott Manning is here to show you catfishing techniques to will pay off really well during this fall transition time. He will articulate several points to include the importance of structure, current, boat staging, catfish baits and rigs, your spread and the importance of patience. Structure is a super critical factor you must understand. You will learn what to look for on your bottom machine and how to discern which points of bottom topography are better than others. There are all sorts of points, rock piles and ledges in the Tennessee River system. They are not all going to hold giants. Some are, so learn what to look for. Current in the waters of the Tennessee Valley play a tremendous roll in when and how catfish position themselves and feed. You have to know how to read the water and where to position your boat, if you hope to have any chance of success. Being on the wrong side of a current seam or too far away can be detrimental. Know how to stage your boat. Scott goes into some real detail on this, for you to add to your knowledge base. Having you boat in the right place will be key to dropping baits on the strike zone. You need that scent to waft towards the fish. You need the right amount of bait out, at the right depth and in the optimal places. The bait you use in catfishing for blue catfish or flatheads is so important. Scott has some great advice for you on what baits work best and the critical nature of quality in the baits you use. The size of the bait is also key, when targeting big catfish. Captain Scott Manning will show you the rods and reels he prefers and why it makes a difference. You don\'t have to spend a ton of money, but you do need an outfit that can handle 80 lb or larger fish. He will also discuss his catfish bait rigs. Your rigs play a vital roll in making sure the fish eats your bait and doesn\'t spit it out before you can set the hook. So many times, fishermen end up pulling the bait out of the fishes mouth. Scott has some interesting advice for you on this. There are a lot of valuable catfishing techniques and fishing tips in this video. Take advantage of this information to increase your knowledge and build your confidence. The fall transition is such a great time to be fishing. Get out there, use what Scott Manning is sharing and put some pigs in the boat. Good luck and fish smarter.

  • Targeting Trophy Flathead Catfish

    Trophy Flathead Catfish - Fall Transition

    When you start down the road of selectively targeting giant catfish, the change of seasons is a time when you should be fishing. As fall creeps in and summer begins to fade, the water starts cooling. Everything at depth begins to churn. This kicks of a metabolic change in freshwater apex predator behavior. For flathead catfish, this window of time just after the first cold front is when the gourge begins. They are like bears preparing for hibernation. The bigger flathead catfish will be more aggressive, as they fatten up. Captain Scott Manning is a giant catfish professional. I am not just saying that. He is recognized as a guide that puts huge fish in his boat all year. The Tennessee River system, where he is fishes, has some monsters swimming around. They are there and can be caught. Having the instincts and skill Scott possesses could give you a significant edge in your quest for a trophy flathead catfish. Scott has filmed a few videos with In The Spread and if you have watched any of them or know him, you will realize his genius is in the simplicty with which he operates his program. If you want to know how to catch catfish, I mean nice ones, watch and learn from one of the best. Generally, this is not that comlicated. It is the finer details that will define your success and those are what you need to pay attention to, as Scott lays out his approach to targeting big fish. You will learn location identification, how to know which side of the channel to fish, boat positioning, catfish bait, catfish rigs and the all important use of your electronics and your mindset. These last two items is where most anglers fail. What do I mean by mindset? It is how your read the data on your bottom machine, what you do with that intel and how long you will invest in what you are being told. Esoteric? Maybe, but watch Scott as he breaks these concepts down. The fishermen that excel at catching giant catfish are the ones you want to listen to and learn from. There knowledge comes from experience. Experience accumulated as much from not catching the big one as from baiting and boating beasts. We work with Scott Manning because he is a great fisherman with a unique ability to articulate his thoughts in a very simple way. You get depth and breadth of knowledge. Learn from one the best catfish anglers and fish smarter.

  • How to Catch Flathead Catfish

    If you want to learn how to fish for catfish, Capt. Scott Manning is one of the very best fishermen in North America to learn from. We are specifically talking about how to catch flathead catfish. This is not just about catching random fish. This In The Spread fishing video is focused on targeting giant flathead catfish. Scott has the benefit of fishing year round in Tennessee River system. These waters hold some seriously big fish and Scott Manning is dialed in on just how to catch them. Targeting bigger cats is not that difficult, it just requires a lot of patience and a few need to follow cat fishing techniques. Scott is going to show you his program. See how he utilizes his electronics to make decisions about where to fish and how long to stay on a spot. Learn how to pinpoint the transition areas that hold bigger fish, what depths he likes, his catfish rig, what he thinks are the best catfish baits, how to eliminate smaller fish, the tackle he suggest you use and loads more. This video will teach you how to selectively target hogs and wait them out to catch that fish of a lifetime. These are high level flathead catfishing techniques. We always try to bring you the very best fishermen sharing their knowledge and experience, so you can accelerate your learning curve and get to catching big fish. Learn from the best and fish smarter.

  • Catfishing Best Techniques

    Blue Catfish - Best Techniques

    There are a few places in North America that hold giant catfish. The Tennessee River system is one of those fisheries. Capt. Scott Manning has made catfishing one of his specialities. Targeting giant blue catfish and flathead catfish is right in his wheelhouse. This In The Spread video features Scott sharing his catfishing techniques geared for drag, drift and anchor fishing. If you want to learn more about how to catch big cats, Scott is sharing his knowledge and experience for your fishing benefit. Learn about how to locate areas that hold big fish, his best catfish bait, boat driving, how he utilizes the catfish demon dragon lure, how he sets up his spread. See how Scott Manning uses the current to both locate fish and set up his drifts. You are going to get intel on tackle, hooks, rigs and deep philosophies. Scott is a humble fishermen with an unassuming demeanor. But, he is a fishing ninja. The guy catches big fish year in and year out. You can learn a heck of lot from the ways he fishes and take your program to another level. We are honored to have Scott as one of our instructors. Learn from the best and fish smarter.