Right Tackle for Catfishing

The most common length for a fishing pole used for catfish fishing ranges from seven to ten feet. Longer rods give you more control and casting distance. A moderate to fast action rod with some flexibility is a great choice. However, don’t get a rod that is too flexible or you won’t be able to reel in your catch.

Always choose a good quality spinning reel with a good drag system. You’ll need it. However, when drift fishing many anglers prefer to use conventional reels.

Choose an assortment of weights, sinkers, hooks and anything else that you can think of. You’ll need all kinds to be prepared for reeling in catfish.

Of course, you do have to match your tackle with the type of fishing you plan to do. For instance, when casting, you need a rod and reel designed for this type fishing and so forth.

Now that you have an idea of what the right tackle is it’s time to get it all together and keep it organized. Being organized is the only way for you to have what you need when you need. It also allows you to get rid of any old and worn out tackle so it can be replaced with new items. Keep your saltwater and freshwater tackle separated and keep your tackle box neat. You’ll be glad you did when you’re on the water reeling in cats while everyone else is fumbling through their tackle box looking for that one item they need.

Always carry a wide assortment of items with you. You never know what kind of mood the catfish will be in and you may need to do some experimenting to discover which baits they’re the most interested in and which tackle gets the best results.

Being prepared is one of the keys to success when it comes to fishing for catfish or any other species. If you’re not prepared, you’ll always leave something at home that you need and not have the right gear for the job. Being prepared makes all fishing adventures more fun, exciting and productive. Take a little time to make sure you have everything in order and that you have the right gear for the job.

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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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