Kayak Fishing For Channel Cats

A few catfish caught on a warm fall day and some basics on how I target them from a kayak.

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A few catfish caught on a warm fall day and some basics on how I target them from a kayak.

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Matthew Schafer
Matthew Schafer - 4 years ago
I really enjoy all of your videos and i use alot of your tips and tactics being a fellow kayak fisherman. Keep up the good work
matt kbm18
matt kbm18 - 4 years ago
i love yak fishing
2Timothy3:1-3:5
2Timothy3:1-3:5 - 4 years ago
Nice video man. Very chill just like we're there. Thanks for sharing.
Jean Claude Boutique
Jean Claude Boutique - 4 years ago
Très bonne vidéo, cool fish on!!!
Captainpegs07
Captainpegs07 - 4 years ago
What river is this?
Shane Butler
Shane Butler - 4 years ago
Very entertaining
MrCuervo22779
MrCuervo22779 - 4 years ago
Where do most of your videos take place (city, state)?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 4 years ago
Eastern North Dakota/western Minnesota.
Dan Rueckert
Dan Rueckert - 4 years ago
Where do you fish at on the Red River? I live right by Lindenwood and I go from Lindenwood to 52nd Avenue boat dock and have pretty good luck within that area
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 4 years ago
I haven't fished the Red much since I got my kayak but around ten years ago when I started to get back into fishing I fished it a lot from either the bank or my friends boat. We'd usually go south from the 52nd ave launch or head north of the airport from MB Johnson park. We had pretty good luck around Abercrombie too when the water was high enough to get his boat into a couple of the oxbows. I live about 6 blocks from the dike so I really should get my kayak out there again and target some cats.
Go FeTcH
Go FeTcH - 5 years ago
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Troy VonHall
Troy VonHall - 5 years ago
Nice fishing rod...lol...little expensive for catfishing, but with a lifetime warranty, why not. I have several Legend Tourny's myself. Nice video!
The BK Randy Scrub
The BK Randy Scrub - 5 years ago
Is all the fishing done in North Dakota?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 5 years ago
North Dakota and Minnesota. This one was in Minnesota.
WV WildMan
WV WildMan - 5 years ago
i been fishing for catfish on kayak check out my channel if u like fishing
Bulletproof Outdoors
Bulletproof Outdoors - 5 years ago
yea great video man!! I have to get out and get them that way!
tristy-popstheman
tristy-popstheman - 5 years ago
love the video . thank you for demonstrating the proper way to handle and release a fish thank u sir
joseph mcguiness
joseph mcguiness - 5 years ago
great video man. were those cocktail shrimp raw or cooked?
joseph mcguiness
joseph mcguiness - 5 years ago
Thanks buddy
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 5 years ago
They'll both catch fish. I was using cooked shrimp here.
Harold Cale
Harold Cale - 5 years ago
LOVE TO GO KAYAKING BUT NO WHERE TO PUT MY KAYAK WHEN I'M NOT USING IT... LOL... GREAT TO WATCH YA!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 5 years ago
Thanks Harold! I ended up renting a storage unit to keep my kayaks in. I trailer them anyway so it's the easiest way for me. I can pull up and have everything hooked up and loaded in a few minutes.
Jason Little
Jason Little - 5 years ago
that was a nice catfish
BOYS DAY OUT
BOYS DAY OUT - 5 years ago
howdy.  thx for the tips.  I just ordered my oldest son and I kayaks.  they have been delivered to the store and im picking them up tomorrow so I need all the helpful tips I can get.  we'll be out on the lake getting used to them this weekend!!  fun, fun.  we plan on doing a river kayak video series this spring when the crappie start spawning.  its gonna be fun.  keep up the great vids and we'll keep coming back for advice.  have a great one. ks
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 5 years ago
Congrats on the new kayaks! I'm sure you guys will have a blast! Just be careful if it's your first trip out, the water can be pretty cold this time of year. I always bring a spare change of clothes in a dry bag when I go out during the winter months. I haven't needed them yet but it's good to have something along just in case I fall in.
Chase Newman
Chase Newman - 5 years ago
dont get to big a fish their cuder might tip the yaght. proven fact their kiddo..have fun weisel

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Brett Ott
Brett Ott - 5 years ago
damn turtles, at least you didnt hook it in mouth. awesome video though
Just Cause
Just Cause - 5 years ago
I am new to kayak fishing, and have only put my kayak on lakes, how hard is it to paddle upstream against the current in a slow moving river?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 5 years ago
Not hard at all. I'd recommend working your way upstream from the launch whenever possible, then you have the current helping on the way back.
Denny Atkins
Denny Atkins - 5 years ago
awesome thanks for the video
Fishing with jakethesnake jake
Fishing with jakethesnake jake - 5 years ago
got that same kayack
Bill Rodgers
Bill Rodgers - 5 years ago
how did you only get cat fish
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 5 years ago
I caught a carp and a couple smallmouth too, I just didn't include them in the video.
MrJmasta4
MrJmasta4 - 5 years ago
What camera was used to film this?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 5 years ago
I use a GoPro Hero4 silver on a home made hat cam rig. I also clip an atr-3350 lapel mic to the bill and run it to my Zoom H1 to record audio.
Adam outdoorsforlife
Adam outdoorsforlife - 5 years ago
catfish are one of my favorite fish to catch nice video
adler uiee
adler uiee - 4 years ago
Adam outdoorsforlife I agree I like the power of these fish if you want a challenge I like to go to Milford lake in Kansas but I also like going for carp because the power in these two fish is incredibal
captainpegs07
captainpegs07 - 4 years ago
Same here. I use the Catfish Charlie cheese and blood dips on 1/0 circles on the Crow river in MN. My first year cat fishing in a kayak and it's awesome fun.
Brett Ott
Brett Ott - 5 years ago
Adam outdoorsforlife i would have to agree my friend, strong fighting fish
Ethan Still
Ethan Still - 5 years ago
I have never caught a smallie but I've heard they don't give up
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 5 years ago
That's true, especially in the summer when the water is warm. Add some river current for them to run with and it's even more fun!
Ethan Still
Ethan Still - 5 years ago
Nice cat! Power poles are AWESOME especially for what you are using it for
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 5 years ago
I'm looking forward to using it this winter too. There's a stretch of river that stays open with some huge walleye and pike swimming around. I think the power pole will work great to sit still and throw some minnow rigs at them.
Jack Osterweil
Jack Osterweil - 5 years ago
So were those shrimp purchased frozen at a grocery store?
Carnage Squad Outdoors
Carnage Squad Outdoors - 5 years ago
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 5 years ago
Yes, they were frozen cocktail shrimp.

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Huyle18
Huyle18 - 5 years ago
definitely subbed! great quality and informative videos!
trifol
trifol - 5 years ago
That's really nice area! Where is that? Nice fishing
WillThorn04
WillThorn04 - 5 years ago
NDYakAngler Mississippi ?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 5 years ago
This was in Minnesota.
Fish Adventures
Fish Adventures - 5 years ago
I just started Kayak fishing can you check me out and tell me what you think
Dante Casarini Drumming
Dante Casarini Drumming - 5 years ago
Looks cool
Dr. Death
Dr. Death - 5 years ago
Isnt this a Carolina rig
That Guy You love to Hate Big Killa Assassin
That Guy You love to Hate Big Killa Assassin - 5 years ago
I really don't understand why people throw there fish back cause when I was a child Idc what people thought of me cause I'd be keeping my shit for food.
Grant Schneider
Grant Schneider - 4 years ago
If everyone kept their fish there wouldnt be any fish left to catch. Catch and release helps the area stay a good fishing spot
MotivatedMetalworks
MotivatedMetalworks - 5 years ago
I got a 16" bullhead last night from a guy fishing off the same pier as me - he wasn't going to keep it.  It was delicious!
Bass 'n'Bluegill
Bass 'n'Bluegill - 5 years ago
Just got a kayak for my birthday im really excited to use fish out of it.
Dylan Fuqua
Dylan Fuqua - 5 years ago
I LOVE kayak fishing!!! trade subs?
Jordan Rosenquist
Jordan Rosenquist - 5 years ago
You Yankees have the most annoying accents on earth
AARON ROSE
AARON ROSE - 4 years ago
Didnt notice an accent, you must be deep deep south lol
Cliff Burrows
Cliff Burrows - 4 years ago
Jordan Rosenquist Who cares. Accents are different everywhere. Get out of town more.
Jason Little
Jason Little - 5 years ago
southern sound dumb as fuck
joe y
joe y - 5 years ago
just beautiful fish
Fishing And Kayaking
Fishing And Kayaking - 6 years ago
Watch my videos
BloodSweatnBass
BloodSweatnBass - 6 years ago
Huge cats!! Looks like a decent set up for catching cats as well
Pablo Sejas
Pablo Sejas - 6 years ago
Where is that place
Mario-Pierre Gaudreau
Mario-Pierre Gaudreau - 6 years ago
Love the video, so relaxing. :)
Dwight Harley
Dwight Harley - 6 years ago
Props on the nice release of the snapper
f50koenigg
f50koenigg - 6 years ago
can you actually catch a fist in a kayak and bring it home? if so how do you do it? because it seems all people who does kayak fishing, after they catch a fish they let it go.
Joshua Corns
Joshua Corns - 5 years ago
Shadowfire Dragon cool story bro
Shadowfire Dragon
Shadowfire Dragon - 6 years ago
if you go to google maps and search burnet texas at one spot there is a river walk and I caught a catfish bigger than the first one you caught didnt have any measurers for it
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Yes, you can keep fish while kayak fishing. The most common ways are to use a stringer or some kind of cooler bag. The problem I run into is it's about 2 hours from the time I arrive back at the launch until I get home so in warm weather I don't keep fish. I could bring a cooler to transport them home in but I mostly fish for bass anyway so it's all catch and release.
Bella Lee
Bella Lee - 6 years ago
can you catch a catfish a big one
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I'll be fishing for some catfish again this year! Another month or so and the bite really picks up on this river.
Luchace Fox
Luchace Fox - 6 years ago
Nice cats I love your soft wise way of instruction.
Gary Lytle
Gary Lytle - 6 years ago
Wow that's a beautiful river which one is it
Reeled You Inn
Reeled You Inn - 6 years ago
Those were some nice fish fry filets you let go.
The King
The King - 6 years ago
very nice i subbed looking to see more content from you
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
+The King I have a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120. It's a great kayak for river fishing!
The King
The King - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler also if you don't mind but what kayak do you have?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks! I saw a bunch of catfish in shallow water yesterday while we were bass fishing. I might have to bring some bait with next week!

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kyle lake
kyle lake - 6 years ago
Where were you fishing
2K Outlaw
2K Outlaw - 6 years ago
What a catch good one
Nate and cody’s fishing excursions It’s fun
Nate and cody’s fishing excursions It’s fun - 6 years ago
I love this video. I do a little kayak fishing my self the only thing I've caught so far is a10 pound bass
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Wow that's a heck of a fish for your first one out of a kayak! The only downside is that one will be hard to top!
Rick Martin
Rick Martin - 6 years ago
cocktail shrimp, really? didnt' realize....catfish isn't a pretty fish, imo.....thanks for showing how to hold it without getting barbed
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I never though about using shrimp until we ran into a boat having motor problems on the river one day. We towed them back to the launch and they gave us a bag of shrimp they were using for bait. We went back out and hammered the catfish that night!
dirk diggler
dirk diggler - 6 years ago
the biggest fish ive ever caught was a channel cat, nasty looking diseased fish hahah
William Lipinski
William Lipinski - 6 years ago
what rod and reel are you using?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
My frog fishing rod doubles as my catfishing rod, it's a St Croix Legend Tournament 6'8" MH F with a Quantum Smoke SL100HPT.
Brian W
Brian W - 6 years ago
Two words for you: fish grips.
2Timothy3:1-3:5
2Timothy3:1-3:5 - 4 years ago
Brian W He's born with two.
Dalton Jerabek
Dalton Jerabek - 6 years ago
Nice job man! Great fishing Vid
Cesar Macedo
Cesar Macedo - 6 years ago
nise video
Through A Hunters Eyes
Through A Hunters Eyes - 6 years ago
great video man
snakej h
snakej h - 6 years ago
what kayak is that?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
It's a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120.
Yaksouthfishing
Yaksouthfishing - 6 years ago
Some nice catfish indeed!!
Blake Smith
Blake Smith - 6 years ago
that's wasn't a channel cat, that was a blue cat
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
These were all channel cats. This was in Minnesota, no blue cats here unless one makes it this far up the Mississippi by accident. This was on a totally different river system though and according to the DNR test net results it's all channel cats.
Austin Anderson
Austin Anderson - 6 years ago
its good to find a fellow north dakotan
Alex Sanders
Alex Sanders - 6 years ago
I fish on the red by lindenwood park for cats too and jusr yesterday I caught a decent 7 lb bluecat
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
The channel cats can have a bluish grey color to them too.
Alex Sanders
Alex Sanders - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler Ooh lol I was confused why it was it that blue
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
There's only channel cats in the Red. We're a little north of the blue cat's range, especially the Red since it flows north into Lake Winnipeg. I used to bank fish around town a lot too before I got my kayak. I caught one that had to be around 25lbs just north of county road 20. There's some monsters in there, especially up north.
Gary McFarland
Gary McFarland - 6 years ago
I don't really care for catfish and never go for them but honestly...the setting was beautiful. So calm and peaceful with just you and nature. Very, very cool. As well...the very first cat you caught...from that first tug and then you setting it...classic. Makes me feel like I'm there. #TheTugIsTheDrug
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I'm more of a bass guy but sometimes it's nice to kick back and enjoy nature while letting some bait sit. I'm looking forward to targeting some cats again this summer, they put up a heck of a fight!
Logan Shakal
Logan Shakal - 6 years ago
nice video I'm just starting to get into kayak fishing
ClassicPurple
ClassicPurple - 6 years ago
Hey what camera are u using
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Gopro hero 4 silver with a Zoom H1/ATR3350 lapel mic for audio.
Fishing Nut
Fishing Nut - 6 years ago
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Fishing Nut
Fishing Nut - 6 years ago
thamks
Fishing Nut
Fishing Nut - 6 years ago
what version of the legend tournament is that?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
It's the 6'8" MH F "jig-n-worm" rod.
D'Fishing Maniac
D'Fishing Maniac - 6 years ago
greaat video
N2 Nature
N2 Nature - 6 years ago
Great video
z Trubble
z Trubble - 6 years ago
Awesome video man! Keep em' coming!
Pierce Schwartz
Pierce Schwartz - 6 years ago
What kayak are you using?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I have a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120.
Kxng.tray16
Kxng.tray16 - 6 years ago
arent those blue cats? i thought channel cats where silver with black specks.
Kxng.tray16
Kxng.tray16 - 6 years ago
+Conor Shields Thanks conor!
Conor Shields
Conor Shields - 6 years ago
Blue cats typically grow very large. Not all channel cats have dots. I have never caught one with specks. Sometimes blue cats are not blue either
Dominick Beckman
Dominick Beckman - 6 years ago
Is this in Fargo because that is where I live
Jamera Speights
Jamera Speights - 6 years ago
omg. I love your videos man. that first cat shocked me. the water looked so shallow I didn't think you were gonna catch anything. I totally misjudge you. GREATVID MAN!!!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks Jamera! I probably would have kept paddling past that first spot but as I passed that fallen tree I noticed a couple tails sticking out of the back side. It was about 3-4ft deep where that tree was sitting. I'm always surprised at how shallow I see catfish swimming around on this river though. They act a lot like the smallmouth bass, chasing minnows around shallow spots and along weed lines. I've caught them on just about every bass lure I've thrown there too.
jacob alvarado
jacob alvarado - 6 years ago
What river is that and what city and country......I noticed you said red are u talking about the little red river in Arkansas...I think it's in heber
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
This was in Minnesota, the Red I mentioned is the one that flows along the North Dakota/Minnesota border up to Canada.
OBX bassin
OBX bassin - 6 years ago
This is such a sick video!
Desert Dwellers
Desert Dwellers - 6 years ago
That looked like a fun adventure nice fish!
Missouriflies
Missouriflies - 6 years ago
impressive channel cats. i've heard of the red and maybe a guy named Stu Thompson ? going after them with flies...black leaches.. nice fish
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks! The Red flows north into Canada where Stu is from. There's some monster cats up there and even the northern part of the Red in ND has a lot of 20lb+ channel cats. This footage is from a smaller river but almost every one I catch there is 8-12lbs. I've caught a lot of them throwing lures for smallmouth too.
XvXSHARK
XvXSHARK - 6 years ago
When i was fishing on a lake in a kayak i could see fish under me in very back corner of the lake
Fisher95rc
Fisher95rc - 6 years ago
What river is this?
XvXSHARK
XvXSHARK - 6 years ago
nice video i like kayak fishing because you can go into spots other boats can not go into
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks! It would be a challenge to get anything bigger than a jon boat up this river. I think a kayak is the best way to fish it!
Eddie Sommath
Eddie Sommath - 6 years ago
wow that's big for me.i like fishing catfish.where is that?
88waterdemon
88waterdemon - 6 years ago
The cats in this video look like they're actually fighting! I've never enjoyed catching cats because it feels like your just reeling in a rock with no fight, just weight! But maybe that's just characteristic of cats out of the Ottawa river?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
The cooler water temperature could definitely be a factor. The water is usually somewhat warm on this shallow stretch of river. I'm honestly kind of surprised the catfish swim up to these shallow spots from deeper water on a sunny day like this. I've seen them stacked up in a couple small bays as I paddle back after dark too. Kind of freaks me out sometimes when they don't move until I almost run into them! I've only caught a few on topwater, one smaller one I got on video. That one is here:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BsNsOtaW8ug
88waterdemon
88waterdemon - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler My dad and I have caught some fat catfish out of the Ottawa but it was just like reeling in a load of salad, no fight. Maybe it's because the Ottawa river is colder?
I remember one evening, the sun was just setting below the horizon, and I witnessed a catfish run. This little bay off the Ottawa absolutely boiled with catfish. The sight, even just the sound of it was amazing!
I'd LOVE to see a video of cats caught on top water lures! That sounds like fun!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
These catfish put up an awesome fight! They sometimes act a lot like bass on this river. I often see them chasing minnows along weed lines and have caught them on almost every bass lure I've thrown, even a couple topwater lures! It's definitely possible that they'll act a little different from one river to another. I haven't caught many catfish this size on any other rivers for comparison but I notice a big difference in the behavior of the smallmouth on a couple different rivers I fish.
Kick Bass Outdoors
Kick Bass Outdoors - 6 years ago
KEEP SOME CATS! Haha good vid
Jebron Lames
Jebron Lames - 6 years ago
Would i be able to keep and eat this catfish? I've tried catfish once and fell in love. I just bought a ride 115 and im getting it ready for lake and ocean fishing.
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
The ones in this video were bigger than what I like to keep, I prefer the smaller 2-3lb fish. I've seen people keep them around this size though and catfish are low in mercury so you don't have to worry about that but the smaller fish have a better taste and texture to the meat. Catfish are one of my favorite fish, throw the fillets on the grill with some Cajun seasoning and it's awesome!
DeOnna Williams
DeOnna Williams - 6 years ago
Your video are becoming my fav videos to watch...Just getting into kayak fresh water fishing this year waiting for my wilderness tarpon 100 to arrive any day now. Learning a lot Thanks for awesome videos
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks DeOnna and congrats on your new kayak! I can't wait to get back out on mine now that winter's almost over.
MGN 33
MGN 33 - 6 years ago
what kind of kayak do you have
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
It's a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120.
Seal Team NYS
Seal Team NYS - 6 years ago
does this setup work in lakes
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Yes it will work on lakes. The only thing I might change is the sinker weight. I use a 3oz on rivers to keep the bait in place in current. I'd probably go with a 1oz in calm water.
Seal Team NYS
Seal Team NYS - 6 years ago
does this setup work in lakes
j.mistake
j.mistake - 6 years ago
Hey man, great videos! Do you find it hard to fish out of a kayak rather than in a john boat?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I've never fished out of an actual jon boat. I've spent lots of time fishing out of a paddle boat and small v-hull style aluminum boats and honestly I think fishing out of a kayak is easier other than maybe the paddling vs motoring to a spot. Sitting in a kayak your pretty much at water level so there's no leaning over the side to grab a fish and when I throw my lure into a tree its usually no problem getting in back. Plus its easier getting through shallow areas and I can sneak up closer to fish without spooking them. Lack of space is a downside but as long as you give a little thought to gear organization that's not much of a problem.
Timmy Benton
Timmy Benton - 6 years ago
Thanks
Timmy Benton
Timmy Benton - 6 years ago
Where did you get that kayak paddle from
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I got it from Austin Kayak, it's a Bending Branches Angler Pro in Real Tree camo.
Jerry Lester
Jerry Lester - 6 years ago
You are using your cap camera mount more and more, it seems. If I had to choose just one camera location, it would be my cap. Really like the way you do your videos: good info, no exaggerated commentary, no trite exclamations. Well done.
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks Jerry! I really like my hat cam, I've had a lot of great action happen just out of frame with my other rigs so its nice being able to shoot whatever I'm looking at. It's great for the days I want to pack light too, I'll bring a half dozen spare batteries for the Gopro and leave behind the heavy lead acid batteries I use to power the other camera rigs. The lapel mic I use with this rig seems to do pretty well in the wind too.
Tanner jelinek
Tanner jelinek - 6 years ago
Hey what river was that on the first part of the video I'm from nd is it the turtle or forest
Tanner jelinek
Tanner jelinek - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler i can agree with you about the red I catch monsters all day out of there and thanks for the reply your the first person to ever reply the whole time I've been on YouTube hahaha
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
This was all shot in Minnesota. I haven't fished much for cats in ND other than the Red River here around Fargo. The Red has some nice cats up in that area so with both those rivers being tributaries they might be worth checking out.
Jake Zed
Jake Zed - 6 years ago
I enjoy fishing the red for cats up here in winnipeg manitoba.
Jake Zed
Jake Zed - 6 years ago
I'm a 5 minute bike ride from the river. tons of big cats and carp up here. 
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I live about six blocks from the Red in Fargo and used to bank fish for cats all the time before I got my kayak. Lots of good eater size ones around here but not many really big ones until you get up a little farther north.
Kelsey Gawron
Kelsey Gawron - 6 years ago
what are you using to record?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I made my own hat cam rig with a Gopro Hero 4 silver attached to the bill along with an Audio Technica atr-3350 lapel mic. I run the mic to a Zoom H1 to record audio and swap it out when I edit the video.

100. comment for Kayak Fishing For Channel Cats

Dalton Mensik
Dalton Mensik - 6 years ago
Try chicken gizzards next time go to kfc or some place like that and u can get like 8 pounds of it for free put it in the freezer and microwave a little bag before u head out
J Brown
J Brown - 4 years ago
NDYakAngler Watch your videos all the time . Do you have a name Mine is Pat Brown. Woodshop157@gmail.com Fish tournaments for years musky and bass gave it up bought a kayak this year Jackson big rig and been tearing the small mouth up contact me if you'd like also make smallmouth baits out of balsa
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I'll have to give that a try.
Dalton Mensik
Dalton Mensik - 6 years ago
Expensive bait !
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Not really, I picked up a big bag of frozen shrimp for about $7 and it lasted four trips. Cheaper than grabbing a can of worms each time.
richard mitchell
richard mitchell - 6 years ago
not big?...lol the catfish we get here are 7 ins...lol
richard mitchell
richard mitchell - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler dam lucky fucker lol
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I think the bass, pike and muskie take care of most of the small ones on this river. I'm surprised at the size of the catfish for how small of a river it is, most of them I've caught while bass fishing have been in the 7-15lb range.
TexasOutdoorsman98
TexasOutdoorsman98 - 6 years ago
Great video, looks really relaxing! I also just use my bass baitcaster for catfish, but seems to work well for both of us!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks! The frog fishing rod worked great!
Parker Stone
Parker Stone - 6 years ago
On the sheyenne? The water quality sucks here in West Fargo, and there are almost no fish here, especially of that size. Anyways, nice vid, liked the catfishing!
Aaron Kawalski
Aaron Kawalski - 6 years ago
I have 2 questions. 1.) are you going to be buying the patriarch xt spinning reels or are you just going to keep yours that you already have, and 2.) I've seen in other videos that you keep just regular jigheads in your Smallie tackle box, and I was just curious what you use them for because I do not do a lot of smallmouth fishing and was just wondering! Thanks, and keep up the great vids!
Mario Martinez
Mario Martinez - 6 years ago
nice cats man good job
Richard K.
Richard K. - 6 years ago
I know you're a bass guy so I was wondering if you could share some of your go to lures or bait for largemouth bass in lakes, and also I was wondering techniques you use to catch bass in November when it's getting colder, thanks!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I have three lures that get used probably 90% of the time when I fish for largemouth. Early summer when the water is clear and the bass are post spawn and guarding fry I like a watermelon red flake senko wacky rigged. You can work it slow in the middle of the water column and really agitate fish into biting. Getting into July I'll start using a jig and most of the time I can catch them on that the rest of the year. I like a 3/8oz black/blue strike king tour grade swim jig with a 4" june bug kalins grub. I can fish it a variety of ways but usually hop it along the bottom working weed edges, rushes, and flooded timber. I like that particular jig because the swim jig head slides through just about anything and it has a somewhat thin guage hook so I can get a good hookset with light line. The third lure is a live target topwater frog, a must have in case the topwater bite is on! My tackle box I bring with to largemouth lakes also has a couple rat-l-traps, misc crankbaits, hula poppers, spinner baits, and jig colors but most of the time they stay in the tackle box.I haven't fished much for largemouth this late in the year. We usually only get a couple weeks in November before lakes start freezing so I've been mostly chasing smallmouth since I got my kayak. The weather will play a big part for both species, cold temperatures will have them deeper but a sunny afternoon or a day or two of warmer weather can bring them up shallow again. For smallies I look for the deepest rocks I can find off points and islands and work a jig, blade bait, jerk bait, or a rippin' rap along the bottom around those spots. Drop offs next to shallow areas where green weeds were still present were holding quite a few fish this week too. If the weather lets me get out a couple days this week I'll go try for some largemouth.
mstrchief24
mstrchief24 - 6 years ago
What river is this that it's so clear?
Outdoor life
Outdoor life - 6 years ago
Were are you at in the US?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I live in Fargo, ND so most of the time I'm fishing in eastern North Dakota or western Minnesota.
T-Nasty
T-Nasty - 6 years ago
I just subscribed a few minutes ago, I'm a big fan of your videos and I'm somewhat your neighbor in the Midwest being as that I'm in Wisconsin. It's nice to be able to see the techniques used so that I may apply them as well. Tight lines
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
No problem! It wasn't that long ago that I got into kayaking and had a lot of the same questions I get asked now. There really aren't many places you can't go in a kayak! If I can't find a public launch I'll look for a bridge or a spot where the road runs close to the water to put in at. You'll have to check the rules for your state but in most cases here there's a right of way of 50ft from the edge of the road so if the water is within that distance and there aren't any no parking signs I can launch there.
T-Nasty
T-Nasty - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler I appreciate you taking the time to reply and help me out, tight line's!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Yes it's public. I don't think there is such thing as a private river, just private land once you hop out onto the bank. As long as you can find a spot to launch without trespassing on private property your good. I fish this stretch of river a lot and only saw one other boat all summer so it doesn't get much pressure. If your getting a kayak next year the winter months are great for checking out rivers nearby on Google or Bing maps to look for potential fishing and launch spots. If WI's DNR has a website that tells what fish species are in a particular lake that can be a great tool, just find one the river runs through to get an idea of what kinds of fish might be there. Also any local fishing forums can be useful for putting the river name in the search bar to see what comes up.
T-Nasty
T-Nasty - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler keep it up bud! I'm a huge fan, I won't ask where you are fishing but is that river public? I'm buying a kayak next year (probably koosa HD and I honestly want to explore like how you do in your videos.
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks, I'm glad you like the videos! I had a blast on this trip catching catfish and the techniques I was using here should work for catfish just about anywhere. I'll have to try to explain what I'm doing a little more in future videos too, I really like how this one turned out.
justamutt123
justamutt123 - 6 years ago
Good video, Makes me anxious to get out on the river next week. Just bought a nucanoe pursuit and we'll have it all ready to go real soon.
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks! I've really enjoyed fishing rivers since I got my kayak. The scenery is great and the fish seem to be a lot more aggressive in moving water. Everything will start freezing over in a month or so here so I'll be getting out every chance I get until then.
TXYakAngler
TXYakAngler - 6 years ago
very nice man! makes me sad for u that the foliage is turning brown up there so fast as winter approaches but I guess that means more videos coming over the winter. ;-) Seems like just a cpl weeks ago there were mayflies in those trees. :-)
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I'll be catching them through the ice in about 6 weeks!
TXYakAngler
TXYakAngler - 6 years ago
very nice man! makes me sad for u that the foliage is turning brown up there so fast as winter approaches but I guess that means more videos coming over the winter. ;-) Seems like just a cpl weeks ago there were mayflies in those trees. :-)
MidwestAngler93
MidwestAngler93 - 6 years ago
That water looks so clear great video
MidwestAngler93
MidwestAngler93 - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler oh gotcha well great video your setup is awesome
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks! We haven't had much rain this fall so the water is low and clear right now. I put a polarizer lens on my hat cam too to cut some of the surface reflection.
Parrot Bill
Parrot Bill - 6 years ago
I wouldn't eat one that big, but they sure are fun to catch! I like that you have the camera and show all of these great fishing expeditions. I wish I had one of those cameras back about 40 years ago. It would have proved where I was and maybe saved my marriage. Oh well, I had more fun fishing anyway.
Parrot Bill
Parrot Bill - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler
Sounds like fun, in Key West, we use to hook 6 foot Tarpons in small skiffs, just for the free ride around the harbor. Sometimes they shook off if you let out enough slack and other times you had to pull them in close and cut the line. You don't try to d-hook a fish half as long as your boat when a good kick of the tail could flip you over. But they were a lot of fun and the hooks rust out in a couple of weeks.
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Yeah I like the 2-3lbers for eating. There aren't many that size on this stretch of river, these were actually a little smaller than average. Almost all of them I've hooked into with bass lures and ice fishing have been in the 7-12lb range. They put up an awesome fight though so its a lot of fun hooking into them! That's one thing I'm looking forward to this winter, big catfish on a little ice rod!
Alexander Bronsky
Alexander Bronsky - 6 years ago
My fishing passion began with catfish! Used to fish for them exclusively, then I got into bass fishing! Great video!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks! I grew up fishing for bass until our lake cabin flooded when I was about 13 years old. Bank fishing for catfish is what got me back into fishing before I got my kayak.
Michael Tramonti
Michael Tramonti - 6 years ago
Love your videos, keep posting them. Can't wait for the next one!!!!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks Michael! I should have a bass video up within the next week too.
Arizona Fishing
Arizona Fishing - 6 years ago
Awesome! Really enjoyed a cat fishing video!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks! I've been meaning to get one up. I wish the wind didn't pick up that night, they were really starting to bite when I had to call it quits and hurry back to the lauch. Luckily I got a text that a wind storm was coming in, two minutes after I got back to dry land the wind picked up to 50mph.
TCMfishing
TCMfishing - 6 years ago
Real good cats, like the video!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks! They're awesome fighters!
Doggyandteddy
Doggyandteddy - 6 years ago
How many of those red and white spooks do u have and what brand r they
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
I go through at least a dozen of them a year, they get a lot of use. They're the Heddon Super Spook Jr in saltwater redhead color with the hooks swapped out for Mustads. I made a video showing exactly what I use a few back in my uploads.
Doggyandteddy
Doggyandteddy - 6 years ago
There's non in this vid but a lot of others
Michael Tramonti
Michael Tramonti - 6 years ago
Finally!!! Been waiting for a video for ever!!! Great job!!!
Drew Olmsted
Drew Olmsted - 6 years ago
Great video. Love catching those wild cats.
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks! I had a great time!
Anthony G
Anthony G - 6 years ago
Very jealous, on my list for next year.
Anthony G
Anthony G - 6 years ago
Thanks!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
August and September are when they seem to be the most active on this river. I used to do pretty well all summer through about this time of year when I used to bank fish for them. They spawn later than most fish so it would slow down for a couple weeks in June while that went on.
Anthony G
Anthony G - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler they don't have any channel cats here in maine, but they are in New Hampshire, about 2 hours away from me. Any recommendations on time of year to go?
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Go for it, catfish are a blast to catch!
Richard K.
Richard K. - 6 years ago
It's great you're explaining what you're using now, it really helps! Hopefully you keep doing it in later videos!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks! I like how this video turned out. I always wish I would have explained more when I'm editing videos but this with this one I felt I said pretty much everything I needed to.
Mitch Bradshaw Outdoors
Mitch Bradshaw Outdoors - 6 years ago
Nice change of pace there dunking some bait for some chunky channels! Sweet video sir.
Scott E Jackson
Scott E Jackson - 6 years ago
Will do!  I am ready myself.  I haven't been out much on my Kayak since I got it at the end of last season but I plan on making up for that this year.  Look forward to meeting you Mitch!  Stay warm!
Mitch Bradshaw Outdoors
Mitch Bradshaw Outdoors - 6 years ago
+sejackson45 Yeah, we'll have to keep in touch. Send me a message on here, otherwise my Channel has links to other Social Media sites. I was toying around with my kayak yesterday. Anxious to get out in a few months!
Scott E Jackson
Scott E Jackson - 6 years ago
You are about 40 minutes from me.  Would be nice to do some fishing with you this summer.
Scott E Jackson
Scott E Jackson - 6 years ago
No reason  you couldn't get some from your Kayak.  Just the right location on the lake or river and with the right bait it should happen.  I am looking forward to spring to try for some early spring cats from my Kayak.
Mitch Bradshaw Outdoors
Mitch Bradshaw Outdoors - 6 years ago
+sejackson45 I'm not far from ya, I live in Oakdale. I've only tried targeting cats from my Kayak once and got skunked. I'd love to try again.
Scott E Jackson
Scott E Jackson - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler Nice fishing vid. Love catfishing and will be doing it from a kayak this year. Where in Minnesota? I live close to the twin cities. Love to go yakin with you sometime.
Stan Smith
Stan Smith - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler thank you
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
+Stan Smith This was in Minnesota. 
Stan Smith
Stan Smith - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler what state are you in
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks Mitch! I had a great time fishing for some cats! There's lots of big ones in this river, I'd say average size is around 10lbs so these were a little on the small side but they still fought hard!
MG-70
MG-70 - 6 years ago
Nice, healthy, fish! Great job getting that hook off from the side. Cool rig; may try it even though I think I get stuck more from the lead hanging up on rocks then from the hook. I'm surprised that shrimp stayed on; never tried 'em for cats, when chicken liver is so cheap, but I'm sure the smell of shrimp washes away much easier. Did you go basic on the cinematography 'cause they're only catfish or what? :) Thanks for uploading the vid!
MG-70
MG-70 - 6 years ago
+NDYakAngler Great suggestions on the timing of the shrimp purchase and use of the zip lock bag for hooking them while keeping hands clean. I like the hat cam for closer shots, and that other setup you have for the wide angle views of the river, weed beds, etc....Thanks again!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks! I always try to cast the rig out and leave it alone, once its time to reel in I'll pop it up off the bottom and reel as fast as I can to prevent it from dragging and getting hung up. I haven't had any problems yet with the sinker getting hung up on rocks, just a few tree snags with the hook but the kayak makes it easy to retrieve them. I'll pick up a few bags of shrimp when it goes on sale, sometimes you can get it for free when they're tossing the fresh shrimp that's reached its expiration date if you talk to the right person. It seems to work better if you let it sit out for a couple days but it starts to stink pretty bad. I like to keep mine in a zip lock so I can grab the shrimp from outside the bag when I hook it and try to keep the smell off my hands and all my gear. I decided to use the hat cam because I wanted to explain a few things and it makes it easier when I just have to look in the direction I want the camera to shoot. The lapel mic I use with it works a lot better in the wind than the audio setup on my other camera rigs too.
Gman6755
Gman6755 - 6 years ago
Another great video! If I can't go fishing myself I watch one of your videos and it gives me my fishing fix. Damn those catfish are ugly but great fighters!
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks, I'm glad you enjoy the videos! I think catfish are pound for pound some of the hardest fighting fish. Cant wait to catch some on my ice fishing rod this winter!
Hooked Up
Hooked Up - 6 years ago
Those are some nice kitties there, Matt!
gmanlipripper
gmanlipripper - 6 years ago
some nice ones there,   be safe
Bassin From NC
Bassin From NC - 6 years ago
Nice video, sweet catfish!
Gordon Miller
Gordon Miller - 6 years ago
Sweet catfish video, Matt! Thanks for sharing your day on the river.
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks Gordon! They're fun to catch! Most of the catfish on this river are around 10lbs so these ones were a little smaller than average but they still put up a good fight!
Brandon Gumbert
Brandon Gumbert - 6 years ago
Beautiful fish, nice clear water too. Snagged a snapping turtle that's different I always end up actually catching them lol
NDYakAngler
NDYakAngler - 6 years ago
Thanks! I rigged a polarizer lens on the Gopro case I use with the hat cam, it worked great with the clear water! I've had snapping turtles take my bait a few times too. It's a little more tricky getting the hook back when that happens!

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