Fred, Back when we would fish Modoc ponds for cats the methods we used would likely land you in jail now. Remember this would have been in the late sixties. We would go to the ponds late in the evening. When it was good and dark out, no moon, we would take an old car tire and place it close to the water's edge. Light the tire on fire and wait for the light from the burning tire to attract the cats up close. Then we would toss night crawlers to the congragating fish. The tire would burn for several hours and we would catch a hundred or more cats in an evening sometimes. The next day was spent cleaning fish, then a big fish fry with all the fish and beer you could handle.