How to Select the Right Catfish Hooks for the Job

The type of catfish you are seeking will also make a difference. Are you going after a channel catfish, blue catfish, white catfish, bullhead or flathead catfish? Some hooks work better than others for each particular species of catfish. Sometimes a little experimenting may be necessary to discover which one works the best for you.

Even the type of line you use will be a factor in determining which hook would be the best choice. If you use a heavy line, then you need to have a heavy-duty hook. If you use a small hook with heavy line you run the risk of the hook straighten out when it’s set, instead of penetrating the fish. This of course, would result in losing the catfish. Therefore, the hook size needs to be matched with the rest of the gear that you will be using.

Whether or not you will be releasing the catfish back into the water will also be a factor in determining which type of hook would be the best to use. If you do plan to release the fish you catch, then it would be best to use either the barbless hooks or one of the circle hooks. They will make it easier for you to unhook the catfish so you can put him back into the water.

There is one more thing that you need to consider when selecting the right catfish hooks for the job and that is the condition of the hook. You need to make sure the hooks you use are in good condition. They should not be rusted or corroded and they should always be sharp. You will not be able to set a dull hook into the mouth of a large catfish. If they are not in good condition, the hooks could break and release your catch. It would be very disheartening to lose a big catfish simply because you didn’t use a hook that was in good condition.

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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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