Tips for catfishing

Use the Right Equipment – You are not going to need a huge rod and reel if you are only going to fish for smaller, pan sized catfish.  Those who are not out for trophies do not even need to use very expensive equipment.  A cane pole can offer just as many small catfish as a five hundred dollar outfit.  Those who are going to for larger cats, such as the trophy size, are going to want to spend the money on some really heavy duty equipment.

Many an angler has been disappointed to hook a huge catfish just to have their rod snap or the reel jams up just at a critical moment when reeling it in.  This can be very disheartening for the angler that lost a trophy size cat due to poor equipment.  For this reason, it is very important to make sure that the equipment is going to fit the type of catfish that are being sought after.

Be Patient – When it comes to catfishing, it can not be stressed enough that patience is going to be your best friend.  This is even truer when it comes to the really big trophy sized catfish.  These large catfish did not get to be that large without having some smarts about them.  They are not going to just jump on your line when you through it out there.

Take your time and know that you may go out and only catch one or two cats in a full day.  Some times, you can go out for weeks on end and only get a nibble or two.

Know Where to Fish – The best place to catch the really big catfish is around damns.  They can get to be really large in these areas.  If there are not damns near the lakes that you fish in or in your area, then you should stick to the big rivers and lakes that have the eco systems that product the very large catfish.

A small pond may be good for one or two large cats, but the odds of catching them are going to be very slim.  The larger the body of water, the larger the average size of the catfish are going to be.  This is because there is enough food to help them to grow really large.  The lack of any natural predator with the exception of man makes for the perfect conditions for massive growth.  Lakes and rivers that only allow catch and release are also going to offer some really large 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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