Catfish Tournaments

Catfish tournaments will go on, rain or shine, and if heavy rain is predicted, you’ll want to take parkas and other types of shelter. In the dead of summer, especially in the south during a drought, you may find that the heat is incredible, with an index hovering at and above 110 degrees. Be sure to have plenty of liquids to drink, sunblock to wear, and protective covering for your head and other tender areas of the body. Have some form of shade where you can get out of the direct sunlight for at least a few minutes every couple of hours to avoid heat stroke.

Before you head out onto the water, make sure you have plenty of gear. Take backup rods and reels just in case you break or lose your favorite to a monster at some point during the catfish tournament. It’s a sad thought, but it’s entirely possible. Also, make sure that you have plenty of appropriate weights and, if possible, a depth finder (assuming it’s legal in the competition), since this can help you locate fish resting deep on the bottom and give you even more advantage. Make sure you have a good supply of heavy test line, especially if you intend to aim for trophy-sized fish or are seeking blue cats or flatheads. Also, this can keep you from losing a lot of hooks with line breaks in heavy brush along the way.

Catfish tournaments sometimes also take place at night, so be prepared with lights by which you can see and navigate the waters in this case. Overall, good preparation is key to both enjoying and being successful in catfish tournaments.

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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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