3 Tips on Drift Catfish Fishing

Even if the cats in one area are going for one type of bait, as you move across the lake or down the river, the fish in different areas may prefer a different type of bait.  By offering a variety of bait options, you will have more chance at landing some late catfish easily.

This is commonly known as buffet baiting.  The stinky baits that are common during the spawning season may not offer as many fish as other types of bait when the spawning season has died off.

3.      When drift fishing, the equipment is nearly as important as the bait.  You want to have sturdy equipment because you will be hooking some larger catfish during this time.  You want to at least have twenty five pound test monofilament line to hold the largest catfish that you may bring in.

Your reel should be a standard catfish reel.  As long as your test is strong enough, it can handle the bigger cats.  The one variable with the reel is the drag.  You really need to have a strong drag for the larger catfish.  This is not a variable that you want to miss.

It is also important to have the proper sinkers to keep the bait at the bottom of the water body.  Most anglers will bring extra sinkers as the nature of bottom fishing can cause more snags and broken lines than any other type of fishing.  It is easy to get a hook out of vegetation on the shore.  It is a bit more difficult to work hooks and sinkers out of rock beds.

Make sure you bring extras.  Drift fishing is a relaxing way to end the catfish fishing season.  The lakes will not be as populated with anglers and there will still be plenty of cats that will take to your bait readily and eagerly.

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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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