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Fishing Willow Cats (Mad Toms)
08-19-2013, 06:19 AM
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Fishing Willow Cats (Mad Toms)
How do you fish willow cats? Do you add a sinker and fish them off the bottom?

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08-19-2013, 06:48 AM
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RE: Fishing Willow Cats (Mad Toms)
I always use a jig and hook them through the lip to fish them on the bottom. Good luck!
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08-19-2013, 07:40 AM
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RE: Fishing Willow Cats (Mad Toms)
I'm not actually going to spend the money on willowcats. I do have some Madtom plastic bait that looks like willowcats. I haven't used them on the river yet so I was curious how best to fish them. This week will be my first test. I'll let you know how it turns out.

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08-19-2013, 08:44 AM
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RE: Fishing Willow Cats (Mad Toms)
(08-19-2013 07:40 AM)Lew Wrote:  I'm not actually going to spend the money on willowcats. I do have some Madtom plastic bait that looks like willowcats. I haven't used them on the river yet so I was curious how best to fish them. This week will be my first test. I'll let you know how it turns out.

Mike and I fished a Mad-Tom plastic a number of years back during the cold water period and got some real dandy fish on them. We hung the baits on a jig large enough to take the bait down quickly and stay in a vertical presentation. When the bait hit bottom we took up a couple feet of line and tried to keep the baits in that depth zone as we drifted. The hits we had on these things were unreal, no hookset required.

If the plastic Willow Cats work during cold water when they are not really in season there's no reason they shouldn'tt work now. Give it a go. I think for our normal drift we used 3/8 or maybe 1/4 ounce heads. Maybe Mike will chime in here.
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08-19-2013, 08:52 AM
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RE: Fishing Willow Cats (Mad Toms)
There you go Tom, another challenge for your plastics creations.

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08-19-2013, 09:01 AM
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Thanks for the tips guys. I may try them on Lake Zumbro this Wednesday and then again on the Big River this week-end.

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08-19-2013, 09:04 AM
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If anyone is deliberately targeting walleyes on LZ, they are keeping it quiet.
Yeah Lew, I'd be interested how you do out there.

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08-19-2013, 09:59 AM
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Ive done well just hooking them threw the lips lindy rig style and drifting with the current or SLOW trolling them back into the current
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08-19-2013, 10:03 AM
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I'm actually going to use the Madtoms to target smallies. I understand they work well on the Big River.

Here is the company that I got mine from:
http://www.caseplastics.com/case/index.p...d=deihebry

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