Catfish Fishing Tips

Catfishes, or as some people call them: the hardest fish to catch are one of the most desired types of fish. Catfishes are always on demand, either for their nutritional benefits or for the challenge of catching them. 

Focus on Locating Them

Fishing for catfishes is not as hard as locating them. Catfishes are mostly considered as bottom feeders, and they tend to stay close to the bottom of oceans, lakes, or rivers because they feed on what is near or at the bottom. 

In addition to sinking to the bottom rather than floating, they are of great diversity, and they also spread in the coastal waters of nearly every continent.

Did you get confused? Check the following tips and tricks, and you’d be able to catch 100 or more catfishes in a few hours.

Now, you should be asking yourself what time is best for catching them.

Consider the Time of Day

Time is related to type; if you are targeting trophy blue catfish, then winter is your season.

On the other hand, if you are targeting blue catfish, spring is your time, and if you aim for catching flathead catfish, summer is your season.

Although it is convenient to catch them all year long, it may be easier during certain times than others.

The best time is the time during which the water’s temperature is nearly constant, which is mainly during the night.

Need Some Instructions?

Here are some tips that can help you during your fishing trips:

  1. Use catfish circle hooks of a large size, preferably size 6. These will ensure that your catfish will stay alive. Whether you want to keep your catches fresh or you want to release the fish without damage, this is your best bet.
  2. Use a fishing rod of length 7’ or more. This is to give you a further casting distance as well as more accuracy and more secure hook sets.
  3. Using rod holders can be essential as using bait as they help stabilize your lines in the right location. Keeping your lines stable is a wise precaution as catfish are known to put up a fight that includes a lot of twists and turns.
  4. Use a 20-pound leader but make sure that you cut the excess after tying it to the hook.
  5. Use natural bait either live or dead. They are better options than artificial bait because catfish, even though they have poor eyesight, they have a superior sense of smell.
  6. For the size of the bait, small catfish will eat nearly any size, but catfish of larger sizes will go for larger, natural prey.
  7. If you are using cut bait, you have to do two things:
    • Try to make them as smelly as possible.
    • While using the bait, remove the scales as they are a protective part. Without them, you allow more scent to travel to catfish.
  8. Using the slip sinker rig may be more effective than the three-way rig as the slip sink is used for all species of catfish.
  9. Using a T-turn swivel can help in catching catfish as it allows 360-degree rotation without getting tangled because catfish always twist and twirl when they are fighting.
  10. Add noise to any catfish rig as catfish are sensitive to smell, they are also sensitive to sound. They get attracted to the sounds and vibrations around water.

Final Thoughts

To wrap up everything, catching catfish can take time, so you need to be patient with them. Some may struggle and fight, and others may come to you as a blue marlin catch.

You only have to keep in mind that they are always on the move, whether its summer or winter. Happy catfishing!




Justin Anderson

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