What is still-fishing?

Can you explain the term still-fishing?

The term still-fishing basically means just that. Sit still and wait. Still-fishing is normally done from the bank but you can use a boat if it’s anchored and unmoving. The key to still-fishing is locating an area where you’re fairly confident the catfish are biting. Your best bet when still-fishing from the shore is going to be to locate an area just below a river dam, below a tributary or at the junction of two rivers. Most still-fishermen will anchor their rods to the bank using a rod-holder. You’ll need to make sure you’ve got one that has a long sturdy spike so you can anchor it firmly. The last thing you want to see is the catfish taking off with your pole. If you’re planning on fishing from the bank, you’ll want to use at least a 7-foot pole. If you’re planning to use this technique from a boat, use two anchors so you can position the boat sideways in the hole. You can attach rod-holders that will allow you to fish both sides of the both and thereby cover as much of the area as possible. Concentrate on the humps and edges of the channel while looking for tree stumps and/or log jams. Still-fishing takes some patience and you’ve got to remain alert enough to watch all the rods for strikes. Make sure you position your rods in such a way as to allow easy access without getting your lines tangled.


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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