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Jan 13, 2021 17:15:59   #
cbates Loc: Lompoc, CA
 
Hi all,
I am recently retired and getting back to the fishing that I love so much. Guess I haven’t forgot everything I knew. Caught a nice 17.5 inch rainbow trout. Turned around the next week and brought home another one 18 inches long. So I must be doing something right. Both had started out as stock trout but had been in the lake long enough to have acquired nice firm pink meat. So I am gradually restocking my old tackle for west coast fishing. Hope to try out trolling soon and maybe get some bass as well. Catfish are also on the menu. Next trip shore fishing I plan to set up one line specifically for catfish. Will be taking some chicken livers and some dough bait. Any other suggestions on bait worth trying for some eating size cats?

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Jan 13, 2021 17:33:09   #
Ben Bragg Loc: Dayton Ohio
 
I’m not much help on cat fishing but sounds like you are on the right track
Welcome to FS

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Jan 13, 2021 17:40:53   #
cbates Loc: Lompoc, CA
 
Thanks, Ben. I hope so.

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Jan 13, 2021 17:42:21   #
Huntm22 Loc: Northern Utah. - West Haven
 
Welcome aboard CBstes. Enjoy.

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Jan 13, 2021 17:59:23   #
Lee626 Loc: Brick NJ [ near the Jersey shore ]
 
Welcome to the stage cbates, good luck fishin

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Jan 13, 2021 18:35:31   #
OJdidit Loc: Oak Creek Wisconsin
 
Welcome and congrats on those trout!

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Jan 13, 2021 20:28:28   #
Fredfish Loc: Prospect CT.
 
cbates wrote:
Hi all,
I am recently retired and getting back to the fishing that I love so much. Guess I haven’t forgot everything I knew. Caught a nice 17.5 inch rainbow trout. Turned around the next week and brought home another one 18 inches long. So I must be doing something right. Both had started out as stock trout but had been in the lake long enough to have acquired nice firm pink meat. So I am gradually restocking my old tackle for west coast fishing. Hope to try out trolling soon and maybe get some bass as well. Catfish are also on the menu. Next trip shore fishing I plan to set up one line specifically for catfish. Will be taking some chicken livers and some dough bait. Any other suggestions on bait worth trying for some eating size cats?
Hi all, br I am recently retired and getting back ... (show quote)


Welcome to the Stage cbates , I'm not a catfishermen by any stretch, but a lot of these guys swear by shrimp for lots of fish,including catfish. Give it a try, it smells better than stink bait.

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Jan 13, 2021 22:08:50   #
Robert J Samples Loc: Houston TX
 
Cbates: Welcome and it looks like you are well on your way to success already. I believe that if it is legal in your state, use some live perch, or blue gills, say 2 to 4 inches long. You will catch bigger cats, and avoid a lot of the bait stealers. Just Sayin...RJS

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Jan 13, 2021 22:37:47   #
Spiritof27 Loc: Lincoln, CA
 
Welcome to the stage. Where are you fishing out of Lompoc? If you can find an oriental market they will have fresh mackerel. Works great for cats - very firm so it stays on the hook, bloody and oily.

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Jan 15, 2021 11:29:51   #
Fish Dancer Loc: Sequim Washington
 
cbates wrote:
Hi all,
I am recently retired and getting back to the fishing that I love so much. Guess I haven’t forgot everything I knew. Caught a nice 17.5 inch rainbow trout. Turned around the next week and brought home another one 18 inches long. So I must be doing something right. Both had started out as stock trout but had been in the lake long enough to have acquired nice firm pink meat. So I am gradually restocking my old tackle for west coast fishing. Hope to try out trolling soon and maybe get some bass as well. Catfish are also on the menu. Next trip shore fishing I plan to set up one line specifically for catfish. Will be taking some chicken livers and some dough bait. Any other suggestions on bait worth trying for some eating size cats?
Hi all, br I am recently retired and getting back ... (show quote)


Welcome Cathy and thanks for your service as an RN. My wife and I took a recumbent trike tour down the California coast in 2015 that took us through Lompoc. Took us 2-1/2 hours to pedal up Harris grade but only 15 minutes to sail down the other side. We spent the night at a nice campground on the south side of town.
Good luck on your fishing adventures.
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