Drift Fishing for Catfish

Some catfish anglers swear that some different colors of baits seem to get more attention than others, when drift fishing, but most of these baits are also synthetics (rubber baits), and so, there may be many other factors at play, in this observation – possibly, different colors present a different texture to the fish, for example. In general, though, color will have little impact on the acceptability of a bait for catfish, but scent, texture and realism are high highly valuable in attracting the Big Ones.

It may pay to make a reasonable estimate of the depth of the thermocline when drift fishing, too, or, if possible, run two or more drift rigs at one time, at different depths, to see where the most action is coming from. Especially in warmer weather, cats have a tendency to school and stay where the water is a bit fresher, and this usually means, in the thermocline.

Chumming can also play a part in your drift fishing experience. In a waterway with a reasonable current flowing through, which is often a good catfishing spot, too, pre-chum twice a day for a few days before you go fishing, upstream of the path you will float along, to condition the fish to your bait. Then, on fishing day, really go to town on the chum, about two hours or so before you set out, and then, once more, half an hour before you go, using a chum mix which has staying power (oily) and which contains some of your actual drift fishing bait, in pieces too small to rate as food. Then, as you drift by, the scent of your much sought-after and well-presented bait will become a beacon in the dark water, to all the big, whiskery guys, and some, will take you up on your offer.

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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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