Blue Cat Catfish

One of the first things that you’ll need to do is make sure you have the right gear. It’s important that you have a good strong rod and reel that will hold up to the struggle that this species will provide. However, it’s also important that you make sure you use strong fishing line, heavy tackle and sharp hooks. Base the size of your tackle on the size blue that you’re trying to catch.

Here are a few more tips that can help to increase the number of blue cats that you reel in on your next fishing trip:

*        The blue catfish is an opportunist predator so they’ll eat any fish that is small enough for them to catch and get in their mouth. They also eat frogs, crayfish, mussels and other types of aquatic foods.

*        The blue catfish will strike at both live and dead bait so it’s up to the angler to decide which one they prefer to use. They are notorious for feeding on wounded bait fish and shad and herring are your two best choices. However, they will also be attracted to shiners, sunfish, crap, suckers and minnows. Since this is a large species you will need to use large bait to get the best results.

*        Even though they are attracted to live bait they will also go after anything with a strong smell. Therefore stink bait, chicken blood, cut baits and chicken livers will work very well for this species.

*        The fall of the year is a great time to fish for blues because they enjoy the cool water and they stay active longer than the other types of catfish.

*        Spawning season starts for the blue catfish when the temperature of the water reaches between seventy and seventy-five degrees. This is usually in the late spring or the early part of the summer.

The blue catfish is a very popular species partly because it’s a stubborn fish that fights to the end and partly because of their large size. They make the perfect species if you’re seeking out a trophy fish or simply looking for a challenge. The information listed here can help you improve your skills so you can have a more productive trip each time you go fishing. Have a great time reeling in those blues.

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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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