Must have catfish gear

The first step in filling your tackle box is to determine if you will be fishing in fresh water, saltwater or both. You don’t want to use freshwater gear in saltwater because they will corrode and need to be replaced. If you fish in both types of water it’s easier to keep up with if you separate your gear or use two different tackle boxes all together.

Have a variety of each item on hand. In other words, have several different size hooks, weights and sinkers in your tackle box. The hooks you use should always be sharp and in good condition or they won’t hook a cat. You will need to choose the tackle you use according to the size of the catfish where you are fishing. If you only have one size it will limit the amount of success you could be enjoying.

You may need to use different sizes on any given fishing trip until you find the one that is working the best. The sinker you use is more important than you might think. You need one that will get the bait to the bottom of the water where the catfish are but if it’s too large it will discourage the fish from taking the bait. You may need to try different ones until you find what works the best.

It’s always a good idea to keep extra gear with you, including fishing line, when you go catfish fishing. This species can easily break your line and you can lose lots of gear.

Having extra will allow you to stay out on the water longer even when this happens. Catfish are not only fun and exciting to catch but they taste great too. You can improve the amount of success you enjoy when you have the proper gear with you. Take some time to get prepared and you’ll be ready for the adventure that awaits you. Have a great time reeling in those cats!

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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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