Georgia Catfish Fishing

So, what is the best way to go about Georgia catfish fishing in order to pull in a good catch? In Georgia, most anglers prefer to use either trotlines or rod-and-reel assemblies, with the trotline being the most popular method for catching blues, flatheads, and channel cats. A trotline usually consists of a nylon line (stationary) that is tied to something immobile on the shore. It will have several evenly spaced hooks dropping from the main line on a swivel. You can bait the trotline with all sorts of bait; flatheads will prefer live bait such as small fish or night crawlers, while cut fish may work just as well for blues or channel cats. Best results are achieved if you leave the trotline out overnight and collect your catch in the morning.

With rod-and-reel fishing, your Georgia catfish fishing technique will change based on the type of catfish you are aiming for. With flatheads, you should try bottom fishing, using an egg sinker or bell. You could also try drift-fishing, using a float, as this is also a proven method employed by many anglers. Channel cats, if you want to catch a large number of smaller fish, use stink bait or night crawlers on the bottom, with a slip sinker ahead of a small split shot weight on the line about a foot above the hook. Blue cats can be caught with similar tactics.

Test the waters at Lake Seminole, the Flint River, or the Chattahoochee River for a great summertime excursion, and you’ll find some of the best Georgia catfish fishing available.

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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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