Channel Catfish, River, Lake, Water
We have talked about discovering Catfish before, but we have not talked much about lure for all those delicious tasting fish. If you speak to a old catfish pros, they will say the”stinkiest” bait you can find is the best bait you can find. I believe it is stupid to argue with a professional fisherman who is recognized as an expert – because he has had good success in catching fish already. However, I need to be a little squeamish when it comes to getting the vilest smelling bait in my palms. Oh, I do not mind some fairly tough smelling things to receive my hands in, but a number of the’ole boys’ formulas are way beyond tough! You can’t get off it!
Therefore, I want to talk to you about catfish bait that works and comes off your hands when you wash them. The first one I would like to mention is hotdogs! Plain old hot dogs really work on catfish and they’re easy to use when you are baiting your hook. You can use some old ones that your wife or significant other is going to throw away. You can use ones which you bought from the supermarket. Catfish either don’t know the difference or they just don’t care.
Another fantastic bait you can use is chicken livers. They’re difficult to have stay on the line, but I find that if you use a treble hook, you will be better off by far. There are several methods to but the liver on the hook and keep it there. While this works, it does take a considerable amount of time and time you do not have your line in the water is time you won’t catch fish.
I would rather hook the liver in the following manner. First, I puncture a hole in the liver so I can slide it over the end of the leader and down to the treble hook. I then puncture the liver so that it goes over each of the treble hooks. Don’t make these holes any larger than needed – just use the pointed hook and you’ll see it’s quite nicely secured. You’ll be able to cast this several times without losing your bait.
Finally, I would encourage you to fish for cats at night. If you haven’t tried this yet, you should. Some of the largest catfish are caught at night. I have found that fishing for catfish at night could be great fun. I’d suggest a bit different bait for nighttime cat-fishing though. I find large shiners and shad work well and you can always rely on big juicy night crawlers. Remember, the major catfish are active at night and you’ve got a fantastic likelihood of getting a big one in your line. I’d suggest a 20lb. Test and a stiff rod. You do not want the joy of hooking a large fish to be spoiled by losing him to a broken line.
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