Several years ago I had the opportunity to fish for monster blue catfish on Lake Monticello with Captain Chris Simpson, and I gained an appreciation of the nuance of fishing for monster catfish on that lake. The payoff is tremendous if you coax a 30-60 plus pound monster to bite, and Lake Monticello has fish much bigger than that, but its huge catfish are finicky. They can guard a piece of cut bait for an hour or more before deciding to eat it. A couple of years later I had the opportunity to fish with Captain Chris on Lake Greenwood, and the experience was as different as night and day. While we were unlikely to hook a monster fish, the sheer numbers of hard-fighting, healthy 5-8 pound catfish that we caught was memorable.
Winter Catfishing on Lake Murray with Captain Chris Simpson
- by Jay
- 11 January, 2013