Catfishing Weekend – Flatheads, Blues and Soy Beans

Fished the nav channel sat morning and night. Flatheads were biting in the morning out in the open water on live and cut shad. Blues were going nuts on cut shad after dark along the shallower areas near the shore lines.

Got to try out the new 18 foot wide cast net, works great. Caught more blue cat fry from 2-6 inches long than shad though, the shad haven’t started balling up yet.

All together 2 Flathead (17lbs high) and 6 blues (18lbs high).

The blues have been stuffing themselves on soy beans and wheat. Blue cat barf in the live well was full of the stuff. Must have been a bunch fall off during barge loading.

Pics of the rigging I’m using, and great hook sets with circle hooks.

Pileated Woodpecker

I was sitting on the couch with a sick kiddo sleeping next to me when this guy caught me eye out the back window. Grabbed my camera and snapped what pics i could through a dirty window. Very cool looking bird. Click for high res.

The Pileated Woodpecker is one of the biggest, most striking forest birds on the continent. It’s nearly the size of a crow, black with bold white stripes down the neck and a flaming-red crest. Look (and listen) for Pileated Woodpeckers whacking at dead trees and fallen logs in search of their main prey, carpenter ants, leaving unique rectangular holes in the wood. The nest holes these birds make offer crucial shelter to many species including swifts, owls, ducks, bats, and pine martens.