Five Tips for Catfishing in Texas

These things all help in choosing the right bait. If you’re trying to catch a larger fish, you don’t want to use small bait. The same can be said about using too large of bait for smaller fish. Knowing what the fish naturally eat will help you to better decide what baitfish to choose. Since catfish can live in either salt or clear water you’ll want to make sure that you don’t use clear water bait in salt water. This will cause the bait to rust and corrode.

Certain baits will be more effective in specific types of water. Fishing in waters that have more obstructions such as logs, vegetation or lily pads you will want to use topwater plug bait. This will sit on the top of the water and keep your lines from becoming tangled on debris or other structures. Jigs are also a great way to catch fish in waters with small amounts of obstructions.

Take into account all of these things when choosing a bait for catfish fishing. If you do, you’ll have a better chance of hooking them. There are many other things to consider when choosing bait but sticking to the basics will keep anglers of all skill levels happy with the results of their trip. Patience is very important when fishing any fish; don’t try to force your bait on the catfish.

Different Fishing Techniques for Catching Catfish
There are many different ways to catch catfish. Probably the most interesting way is what is known as noodling. This is not for the faint of heart and should only be attempted by those who have been taught the proper techniques. If you do want to try this it can be one of the most interesting fishing experiences of your life.

Noodling is basically throwing conventional fishing out the window and choosing to let you be the bait. Since catfish like to live in holes and are aggressive you can stick your arm into their holes and they’ll bite you. Once you have them hooked on your arm or hand you simply pull them out of the water. Again this technique should be reserved for those that know what they’re doing.

Another alternative to catching catfish is to fly fish for them. While this isn’t as common due to the fact that they’re bigger fish it can be done. There are many people who prefer to fish for catfish with a fly rod. With a little bit of practice and patience you can learn to do this as well. Use whatever technique is comfortable for you. Your next Texas fishing trip should be about having fun and enjoying the 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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