Best search technique for finding catfish on a river

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[Music]
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looks like we're gonna have the river
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all to ourselves today
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all right here we go wind's gonna get on
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my nerves
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well we found us a couple spots that
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we're gonna try but this bank is just
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riddled this whole bank is just riddled
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with
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uh logs timbers uh different types of
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rocks structure mud it's just got
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everything you would want
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but we're going to start in one spot and
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try it there if it doesn't work we're
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going to bound on down
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a couple times until we run into what
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we're looking for
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all right guys this is what i'm kind of
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looking for
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i've come up this bank and made some
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waypoints
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where i found some good uh
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cover wood cover
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all right we're gonna get right above
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this
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piece of structure here
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and start our process
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it looks like there's fish on it
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that's a good sign
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but can we make them bite
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yeah see all that in there guys that's
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what i'm gonna be fishing
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we're gonna
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hopefully find a big one in there
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all right let's hank her up
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all right this shows that we're probably
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about 80 feet
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all that stuff that i showed you on the
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depth finder is about 80 feet behind me
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so we throw our lines out that scent
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trail is going to just be going down
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river so anything that's down in that
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brush pile that's interested is going to
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come up and get it
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so let's get our lines out and see what
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happens
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we've got plenty of fresh bait
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thank you j.r hall from black sheep
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guide service
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he's one of our gentlemen that's on our
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monster pro staff and
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i called
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to see where the bait might be down here
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and
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he was able to go catch me some
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and i thank him for that
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that was uh
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saves me a lot of time
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[Music]
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so we've got nice fresh bait
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to throw at these
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fish
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and we're in
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about 24 foot of water
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to 30 foot of water to the outside edge
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here
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ah yeah i feel
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i feel that in that stuff down there
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so i might not get some of this these
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hooks back
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if i don't get a fish on them
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you gotta fish where the fish are
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now i did see some fish down there so
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we'll see if they're ready to
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eat or not
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i hope it's gotta come out here and
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wreck me
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we're right here
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[Music]
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sitting right on a point
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when these bass fishermen coming around
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70 mile an hour
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all right now what we do is is wait
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about 15 20 minutes and see if we have
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any action if not we're going to bound
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down we're going to do it
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uh pretty fast for the rest of the day
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it's probably about a
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mile mile and a half stretch and we're
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just going to
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15 minutes 20 minutes every every 20
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minutes we're going to move down bound
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down and see if we can catch that active
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fish that fish that's
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uh hungry
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ready to eat
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all right we spent about 20 minutes in
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that little spot right there we had
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some checker outers but
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no no committers so we're gonna move on
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down we're gonna hit this bank
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pretty fast and pretty hard to find the
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more active fish
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if you set up on a spot for 20 30
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minutes and the fish are not there it's
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time to move on down with this
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particular technique i'm using
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this is an old school technique i
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learned about 20 years ago from a man
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named joey hall
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they call him long tall joe hall
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and uh
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that's when i was fishing on the
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cumberland river he's he's uh he's
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well-known angler for the cumberland
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river
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but this is gonna be my plan until i
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figure out what's going on with these
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fish this is the first day we're out
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here
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so we're just going to kind of
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figure some things out
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we may bomb or we may run into a good
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one
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only time is going to tell us
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hang tight
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let's go to the next one
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all right this spot really here really
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surprised me but we've sit here
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i gave it actually 20 25 minutes this
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one here because i seen fish down on
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that wood pile but
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they're just not having it so
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so here we go bound down number two
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there's a fish on one of these
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pieces of wood that's going to bite
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he's swimming with it oh yeah that's a
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good one
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yeah he's pretty good one
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so it's gonna be a pretty good fish
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he don't even know he's hooked right now
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he's coming up back there oh now he
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knows now he's doing a little fighting
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i don't know how big he is but
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he's worthy of the film
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but a fish is a fish
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and action's action no he's really
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coming
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swimming my way now i mean he went fast
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oh
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now he's filling up river
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we got we caught up with him now
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here it goes what is it
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ah a little flat here
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i only had so much power
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first flat head of the year and it's not
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even april yet so
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that's pretty cool
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all right let me get my
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my net out here
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i was not even prepared
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so i feel really good about that
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my boat is a total wreck right now
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all right he wanted that head
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all right that's a nice little fish
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for the first one of the day
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got the skunk out of the boat and he was
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on the deep side of the water he was on
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the deep side of our
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uh
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spot we're fishing here
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but he's in that wood i guess so
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we're gonna turn him loose a little
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maybe 10 15 pounder
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but boy he had some power in that
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current i thought he was way bigger than
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that
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i thought he's a 30 or 40.
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[Music]
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yeah the bounding down is a good
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technique to use uh when you're trying
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to locate some fish
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like saying you don't have a lot of time
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you can just pick you about a mile worth
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of bank and just
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work that whole back there
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chances are it's going to have fish on
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somewhere is it going to be the right
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fish
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we don't know until you fish it but
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it's got the makings this whole bank has
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got the makings of a 100 pounder
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we've got food to the right
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cover to the left
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current rolling right down the middle
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you

Steve Douglas is one of the founding fathers of the great American sport of catfishing (catfish fishing). With millions of views and over 100k subscribers on his YouTube channel, Steve is one of the most recognizable figures in the industry.

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