A Guide to North Carolina Catfish Fishing

Another thing that many North Carolinians enjoy about the catfish is the fact that you can have as much luck fishing from the edge of the water as you can when you’re out in the middle of a lake or river. Therefore, you can reel in a nice catch even if you don’t have a boat.

Tips for Fishing North Carolina Waters

When fishing from the edge of the water there are a few things that you can do to be more successful. Try to find a spot that is fairly clear so you don’t have to worry about your line getting tangled up in the branches of a tree or in brush along the bank. Search for an area that would make a good habitat for the catfish. This includes areas where there are plenty of structures, submerged trees, logs and deep holes.

When you cast upstream allow the bait to naturally drift down with the current because this attracts the attention of the catfish and draws them to the bait.

Make sure you keep your bait near the bottom and keep your line tight so you can tell when they strike. Keep in mind that you may land a fairly large catfish so you can be prepared. You wouldn’t want that big one to get away because you weren’t expecting it. Carry a net with you and any other gear that will help you haul him in.

When using a boat to go fishing try going to channels and where canals are running into the body of water in which you are fishing. These are great locations for catfish. You can also use a depth finder to search for sandbars and deep holes where the cats will be lurking around in search of food. If you have never been catfish fishing in North Carolina you may want to give it a try the first opportunity you get. It’s sure to be a fun and exciting experience.

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Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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