My buddy John and I have a bet, who can catch the biggest catfish. What techniques will help me win?
Nothing makes fishing more fun than some friendly competition among friends. Make sure you bet something that you can really enjoy should you win! I would say that you need to make sure you know the right place to fish for the time of day and the climate. If it is hot out they will be in cooler waters. If it is close to feeding time, they will be closer to the shore.
Read the various fishing reports for the location where you plan on going too. That way you can find out what type of bait other fisherman have had good luck with in that area. Catfish can change what they will respond to based on the time, the availability of food resources in their environment, noises, and more. You can’t control all of those elements, but you can improve your odds by fishing at the right depth and with the right bait.