|There are a few basic methods that are effective in catching
catfish. Bear in mind that specific methods are applicable to
specific kinds of waters. That is because techniques and baiting
mixtures are formulated for specific targets.
The following methods are simple, yet proven successful when
1) Rigging method - Depending on the bait used, loop the bait
holder or the treble hook from a line to a preferred distance to
the end. Bait movement is not suggested; therefore, a weight
must be used to allow the rig to be still. A good distance shall
be about 18" to 24."
Same as the first method, using the Slipweight to make the bait
stable is also effective. The weight does not matter as long as
it can slide in the line. The fish will not feel any weight and
it will be late until they realize that the bait is fake.
Multibait technique allows multiple catches at once. Simply
place three-way swivel along the line. As it draws more strikes
it makes a great choice for catching more catfish at the same
2) Bait - Experts opt for chicken livers or medium sized shrimp
from groceries. The shrimp's tail and skin must be removed and
body should be big enough to slide up in a number 6 hook. This
is simpler than the chicken which necessitates the use of
pantyhose. A diameter of a quarter is wrapped in a piece of
pantyhose leaving a tag end then attach it through the treble
hook. Blood worms, minnows, catfish paste, night crawlers,
snails, living or dead small fish, and dough baits are also good
choices of baits. Remember that the best baits are always those
that nature produced.
3) Chumming - Fishermen catch more catfish with this method.
This is simply throwing balls of mixtures of natural recipes in
the fishing area. This attracts more catfish; the trick is that
the mixture should be right enough for the catfish to feed
heavily. The hook that will be used to fish normally must have
the same recipe for the bait. Adding a good smelling flavor into
the pasty mixture attracts catfish more.
4) Tackling - Although the technique involved in this method is
by far effective, it's still the bait that attracts and brings
the catfish in. As simple as it is, the tackle should be about 6
feet long with a spinning real. Choose heavier lines to allow
more battle between the fisherman and the catfish. It doesn't
necessarily have to be expensive. The experience you get from a
cheaper tackle is no different from an expensive one.
Make sure the grip is secure hooks are removed by pliers after
catching the fish. Avoid being stuck with the fins as some are
poisonous. Just simply sliding the hand up to its belly from
tail, placing the fingers behind one side and thumb behind the
other can remove the catfish from the hook without any harm.
Happy catfishing and good luck!
About the author:
Travis Clemens is a life time fisherman and he knows the ins and
outs of gettinem on the hook! You too can gettem on the hook
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