Catfishing Supply List – What You Really Need

Locate the Catfish

A fish locator or a map of the water will be used to locate the fish. However, catfish can hide is places that will not show on a fish locator. A locator can show you were baitfish are, but a map of the water that shows areas that would be idea for catfish to hide works much better.  You can catch catfish at night from a boat. Some anglers have had luck catching the cats from piers or shorelines, but catfish will usually stay in areas where they are the safest, which is in the deeper waters. This means that you will probably want a boat.

You don’t need anything special. The boat should have a motor to get you were you need to go and large enough to bring in any size catfish. Some anglers have used kayaks, canoes and dingys to fish for catfish when they don’t have larger boats to use.  If you stick to the basics, you can experiment and see what equipment is working and what is not. You have to keep in mind that what is working for one angler, might not work that best for you.

Your technique and presentation is what is going to count more than the gear you use. You want to attract the catfish from a far and the bait and presentation are the most important when fishing for the trophy-sized cats.  If you stick to the basics and try fishing different locations at different times of the night, you should have some might fine catches.

Just remember that what you really need and what might be needed can mean catching a fish and not catching a fish. Get the gear you need and learn as you go about your time fishing for the big catfish.

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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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