Catfishing 101

EQUIPMENT CONSIDERATIONS

Rod, reel and line

Start with a spin casting reel (the one with the bail lever on the top) rigged with 20-40 pound-test
mono filament and a 6 to 7 foot medium action rod. This combo is a great all around catfish catcher

Tackle

#2 to #6 circle hook or just a straight shank J . A two way swivel and a leader line.
And depending on the current flow a 1oz. To 4 oz. Sinker will be needed.

Rigging

The most popular rigging for any species of catfish is the Carolina rig.

Other considerations

Cold drinks/ Lots of snacks/ Fishing cap /sunglasses / sun screen / bug repellant

FISHING TIPS: WHERE TO CATCH CATFISH

Plan your fishing trip where the fish are plentiful, especially if you’re just starting out. Just getting outdoors to fish is part of the fun, but nothing beats landing lots of fish.

A city park, pay-lakes or a (private lakes: be sure to get land owner’s permission) is a good bet. Rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and man-made reservoirs all hold fish. If you don’t know where to fish near your community, call your local fish and wildlife department or ask someone at a local bait shops.

Catfish love structure and will often feed near these natural areas, sandbars, deep edges, in weed beds, trenches, drop offs and humps. They also swim near artificial structures such as boat docks, bridge pilings or piers and around natural cover such as fallen trees. Get a map of the lake if possible. It will help you locate some of these popular fish locations.

 

FISHING TIPS: BAIT

Choosing the right kind of bait can depend on the kind of catfish you’re trying to catch.
Each species of catfish prefer their own type of natural diet. Here are some commonly used baits that will get results.

CHANNEL CATFISH

BLUE CATFISH

FLATHEAD CATFISH

NOTE: Because all species of catfish are opportunistic feeders, anglers have been known to catch to catch all three species of catfish on offerings of offbeat bait choices. (Example) Bacon wrapped hot dogs, marsh mallows, bubble gum and even soap. However the best catfish baits are the natural baits

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