Saturday, October 15, 2011

The Path to Successful Catfishing

Ten tips for catfishing to ensure your successful fishing trip.
1. Location, location, location. The kind of waters you will be fishing in - lake, river, or pond - must be taken into consideration to assist in determining the best and proper gear to use. For example, if the waters have a strong current, you'll have problems keeping your bait strategically placed.
2. When making plans for your trip, give some thought to the weather, the time of year, wind conditions, and water temperatures which all have their influence on the success you ca expect. One primetime is after a rain when the catfish come out to search for food.
3. Know the characteristics and habits of your prey, which vary somewhat between the three most popular species, Channels, Fatheads and Blues.
4. Don't spend a fortune on your fishing gear; just make sure it's strong enough to handle the job.
While light-weight gear is fine for the smaller Channels, you'll want something heavier for the larger cats.
5. Your choices for bait will vary somewhat, again based on the types are favored by each species. Live baits such as shrimp or prawns, worms, small fish, insects, and other creatures that are habitants of the waters you're fishing all work well.
6. You can be creative and create your own home-made bait. Because catfish aren't super picky and will eat most anything, there a lot of items to choose from. Peanut butter, stinky cheese, Ivory soap, chicken livers and marshmallows are just a few. Smelly bait works best.
7. The Palomar is thought to be the most popular and effective knot for attaching a line to a hook. It is strong, and is easy to tie. It works best with light-weight finishing lines.
8. When removing the hook from the catfish, be especially careful not to stab yourself on the fins. They can inflict severe pain and will cause swelling. While they are not thought to be poisonous, they are very sharp and contain concentrations of toxins. The amount of toxins depends on the waters you're fishing in so it would be advisable to check with the state's wildlife resource agency. These toxins can also cause allergic reactions in some people.
9. If you been fishing in a spot for a while and haven't caught anything, it's time to move to a different location. Catfish move around, you should too.
10. Quite probably, one of the best tips for catfishing is to remember that patience is a virtue, as well as a necessity, regardless of what species of fish you're trying to catch.
Mick Landry is a catfishing expert with over 30 years of experience. For more great tips on catfishing or for a complete analysis catfishing baits visit

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