Going for the Big Ones – Tips For Catching Blue Catfish

– Try slipweight rigging. This is a technique that allows you to set your hook way down at the bottom, where those blues are prowling around looking for food. You are much more likely to catch blue catfish at the bottom than at the top.

– Any technique will work well for catching blues; juglining, trotlining, drift fishing, still fishing or limblining. In many areas, you can sit on the bank in your lawn chair and just wait for them to come by. The more important part is finding just the right spot where they’ll be looking for food, in the deep part of the river or stream.

– If you’re really brave and don’t mind risking a few fingers, you can try noodling. This is a technique where you reach under a hollow log, find a cat, grab him by anything you can grab, and pull! Noodling is really successful for catching big blue cats that would otherwise snap a good line in half.

And, just in case you’re not revved up about going out there and taking on a blue catfish, here’s something that will set your mouth to watering – It is known that there are blues in the Mississippi as heavy as 150 pounds. And there are legends of blue catfish weighing in at well over 300! These are definitely the big daddy’s of the catfish world!

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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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