Catfish Fishing By Hand

It is important to note that catfish grow to enormous sizes so catfish fishing by hand can be a dangerous sport. It is not unheard of to find catfish as large as a full grown man guarding their spawning grounds. That fact, coupled with the fact that when fishermen reach down, search the murky bottom areas in which catfish thrive, looking into submerged hollow logs, underneath rocks, feeling into holes in the banks, or reaching into the man made boxes that have been planted in likely areas, they are highly at risk for actually finding other habitants of these areas such as snapping turtles, snakes, or gar instead.

Now, catfish bite, and even if you find only catfish in your search, you are going to wind up with some nasty wounds, but those who encounter nests of angry, spawning water moccasins, snapping turtles, or alligator gar, are likely to get a nasty bite that could cause a loss of limb or even life. For these reasons, the practice of handfishing is dangerous. Even if all you encounter is a big, old catfish, you must remember that they have rows of sharp teeth, and when you reach into their nest, they WILL bite you. The objective of reaching into the nest is to get the fish to bite you. Once bitten, they are hauled out of their nest, and hopefully wrestled to the bank.

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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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