While the average size of blue catfish is between 25 and 40 inches and 5 and 30lb, these behemoths can reach a maximum size of 65 inches and 150lb. The biggest catfish ever caught is a giant of 143lb and 57 inches.
While the average size of snook is about 20 to 30 inches and 2 to 10 pounds, they can reach a maximum length of 50 to 55 inches and a maximum weight of 55 to 60 pounds. The biggest snook ever caught is a fish of 59lb 8oz.
Unfortunately, not many anglers use landing nets when fishing for these fantastic fish, resulting in many big catfish being lost, usually only feet away from the boat or shore. Taking a net with you on the water is the best way to ensure you’ll land those trophy cats!
Catfish can be caught year-round but are most active in water temperatures between 60 and 80º F. They prefer hunting and feeding in low visibility conditions, so cloudy days with light to moderate southern or western winds can make for excellent catfishing.
Bluegills are most active during and after the spawn when the water has a temperature of approximately 55 to 75°F. The fishing for bluegill is often at its best on days with a light to moderate breeze, a slowly falling barometer, and a slightly overcast sky.
The best weather conditions for crappie include temperatures of 65 to 80°F, a falling or low barometric pressure, light southern or western winds, and an overcast sky. Light rain can also be advantageous when fishing for crappie.