Catfish techniques

What catfish techniques work best?

The best technique for catching Catfish is simply put fishing with live bait. There are ticks to every trade and the following paragraphs will give a short synopsis on how I go about catching catfish. I start with a medium action graphite fishing rod of six foot length. I will attach an open faced spinning reel to this rod, I prefer Shimano reels. I will generally spool the reel with fifteen pound braided line with a twenty four inch long fluorocarbon leader attached to the end of the line. I use fluorocarbon leaders for their invisibility factor. I do not use treble hooks when fishing for Catfish. I prefer single shank hooks. I like a hook that has a thick shank but is small enough to cover the bait I am using. Using a hook that is too large is a classic mistake many beginning Catfish anglers make. For bait I like an appropriate size live fish. Whether it is a bluegill, golden roach, sucker minnow, green sunfish or nay other fish I believe it is the best bait to use. Since Catfish are primarily bottom feeders I will attach sufficient weight to my line to keep the bait on the bottom of the body of water I am fishing. From this point forward I wait for a strike and the fight is on. Fishing for Catfish is a simple endeavor, much easier than fishing for other species such as Bass or Walleye. If you have the proper preparation your outing will be a success.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

One Response to “Catfish techniques”

  1. Stephen Hall says:

    What is the best way to tell if there is catfish in a pond, besides tossing a chicken liver out and waiting to see what happens?

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