Can I drift while catfish fishing?

Can I drift while catfish fishing?

When you are catfish fishing, you can drift and catch catfish. Some anglers will choose to stay in one place, but many will allow the boat to drift to cover some areas where the catfish hide. If you have an idea where to start, you can drop the bait and allow the boat to drift so that you can cover a larger area surrounding your starting point. Although catfish hide in weeds, underwater wood and cat holes, they can be found all over the water. One angler I know always drifts when fishing cats and he does catch one or two. Since cats will travel for the bait if it is inviting enough, you could easily sit in one place, but some drifting is not unheard of when you are out fishing. The only thing that you have to be careful about when drifting is that you don’t drift into areas that could snag the bait or hang up the boat. This is especially true at night. You can’t always see what is in the water at night and you do not want to have a bright light shining in the water. If you use the right bait and have a large area of water that you know, you can drift and fish at night or during the day when some cats will come out for food. Just have a map of the underwater structures so that you know what to expect when fishing and you should be just fine.


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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