How to Catch a Catfish


Choose a location that has a history for catfish. If one water you like has not had a lot of success for you or other anglers, try different waters that have proven results. There is no need to spend all day in one area if you are going to sit and get sleepy instead of catching a fish. Listen to what the bait shops or other anglers are talking about and adjust your location so that you have something to talk about as well. You will have more luck in popular waters than in waters that have a catch here and there.

The Fight

Most fish are fighters when they are hooked, but the catfish will give you a run for your money. The fight is the thrill of the catch for many catfish anglers. Not only does the fish taste good, but also it gets your adrenaline going. Be prepared for the type of catfish you are fishing. If you are fishing the flatheads, you are going to be in for a big fight after they bite. Keep those hooks sharp and your test line strong. The last thing that any angler wants is to lose a big catfish because of the equipment or because they became to tire to bring it to land.

If you are planning to go catfish fishing, you need to plan your day. Before you go, know where you will fish, what you will present as the bait and make sure that your equipment is ready to stand up to the fight once you get a bite. You will have a good fishing day if you plan and stay prepared. Find a spot, drop the bait and let the smell of the bait bring the catfish to you for incredible results and a tasty dinner.

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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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