Tips On Going After Big Catfish

Can you give me a few tips for targetting only bigger catfish? I’m sick of pulling in the small ones, I can do that all day long. I want to get the biggest ones to bite.

There are lots of things you can do to catch big catfish. Here are some tips for anglers that want to pull a monster cat out of the river. First off, the big boys are most active when the weather starts to cool in the fall. Just like bears, they’re looking to fatten up for the winter. During the winter, especially up north, they’ll stay in one spot and won’t feed much, so they will be fattening up. The best time to catch big catfish is early morning and evening, just before dusk. This is when they are going out from their hiding spots to look for food. In a lake, you’ll want to look for the shallow areas where there are lots of little fish for them to feed on. In a river, go for places where there are little obstructions, or just below a dam. These are always great places to find big cats. As far as rigging goes, you’ll want to have a tough rod that can withstand the weight of a fighting flathead catfish. You also want to definitely have live bait. I recommend using smaller fish, or even smaller catfish, for bait. These fish are what big cats are feeding on anyway, so they’ll be looking for it. In most parts of the country, bluegill makes the best big catfish bait. Most folks who like aiming for the big guys will tell you what circle hooks are the way to go. This is because of the way that they are designed, and the fact that hooks like to slip right through a cat’s slippery skin.


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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