5 Catfishing Secrets

Know the different species of catfish and where they’re located. Different types of waters are the home to different species of cats. For instance, the flathead catfish can be caught better during the night because this is when they’re the most active. Blue cats are highly attracted to stink baits and live shiners and they’re more abundant in major rivers. The white cats can mostly be found in creeks, streams and canals and the best time to seek them out is early morning and late evening. The channel can be fished most anytime all year long and will be attracted to most anything.

Knowing as much as you can about the different species of cats, their habitats and the foods they eat will make it easier for you to locate them and you’ll know which baits will work the best. Another tip that can help you catch larger cats is to use large bait. The larger species won’t waste their time and energy on bait that is small and insignificant.

They wait for the more appetizing meals to come by. It’s a good idea to experiment with different size bait until you find what works the best.

Keep in mind that you can also go fishing for catfish in the winter months. Many anglers hang up their gear and wait for spring to arrive but these fish are hungry during the winter months as well. So, get out there and try your hand at reeling them in all year long. Of course, when the water temperature is colder you do have to use a slower presentation. They don’t move very fast this time of year.

Now that you know a few of the secrets for catfishing you can get prepared and head out on your next fishing adventure. It’s very rewarding reeling in one of these monsters. Catfish will put up an amazing struggle and they’ll definitely give you something to talk about.

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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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