Originally posted by: Trace on 7/14/2007 2:13:51 PM
Don't feel stupid, I used to do the same thing. Put a glob of liver or stink bait on the hook and toss it into the deepest water I could find. My thinking was always, fish in the deepest water where the biggest fish live. My Grandfather straightened me out on this issue. Big fish will live in deep water but they hunt where it is easiest to catch food. If they try to catch food in 9 feet of water, that is 9 feet if up and down the fish food can swim to escape not to mention limitless left and right. Deep water gives the fish many ways to escape a hungry predator. When the big ones decide to eat, they move from deep water into shallow water. If they are hunting in 2 feet of water, they just cut the room for small fish to escape by over half. Big fish are lazy, they don't want to chase food very far. If you stick a small fish (food) on a hook in shallow water, now you have presented a struggling food source right in the middle of the catfish's hunting zone. The food is in distress, an easy meal, and it is just like ringing the dinner bell. If the big fish are in deep water, chances are they are not in the mood to eat. When they move to shallow water, they are there for 1 reason and 1 reason only, they are hungry and looking for food. They want an easy meal and if you present it to them, they will eat and you will catch them.