Three tactics for catching catfish

Most important of all when it comes to catching a catfish is the kind of bait you use and how tough your tackle is. Remember that you are chancing a dragon’s bite when it comes to some of those big cats! The best thing to do is go prepared. Get yourself a fiberglass/graphite rod that’s at least seven feet long.

A log rod will keep you away from the spot where the fish are and you will be less likely to spook them. Load your reel with a heavy duty test line, between 30# and 80#, and make sure your line is abrasion resistant because you can bet if you snag a big cat, that line is going to be dragged through every rock and crevice in the vicinity of that fish!

Put a thick circle hook on the end of that line, 6/0 to12/0 and make sure it is heavy wire that the cat won’t pull it straight. Adding a swivel to your hook is a good idea for catfishing because a catfish will twist over and over when caught and will get off a hook that doesn’t turn with it. You’ll think you’ve caught an alligator with some of the bigger catfish!

Make sure you have tight knots in your line that won’t come undone during this fight! Bait that hook with live bait like crickets, grasshoppers, and nightcrawlers for best results, but remember catfish are scavengers. Chicken livers, prepared dough bait, cheese and stinkbait are good choices, too.

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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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