My Thoughts on Catfishing
Fishing For Dinner
I have caught eating-size catfish on liver, on hotdogs, worms, catfish bait, and shrimp. I never know what particular fare will interest them on a particular day. Therefore, I try to carry several different types of bait and hope that at least one of them will strike their fancy. If I use hotdogs, I generally buy the cheapest ones I can find, cut them into chunks, douse them with soy sauce and garlic powder, and freeze them in a plastic bag. Then they are all ready to slip on a hook.
I have fished with bobbers and I have fished the bottom. In both cases, I have caught some decent sized fish.
Catching the Big Ones
If your goal is not catching your dinner, but to haul in a really big catfish, you need to do things a little differently. First of all, make sure you have stronger line, a sturdy pole, and bigger hooks. Remember, the size of the bait has a lot to do with the size of the fish. The next trick is to fish at night. You will have better luck. However, the picture below demonstrates this is not a hard and fast rule. Look at the size of that fish! And finally, use for bait a live bluegill or some good-sized pieces of cut shad.
If you want to fish the reeds and brambles where fish like to hide, a Kat Bobber comes in very handy. Not only does it keep your line from getting so easily snagged, but you can put a glow strip in them to track them in the dark.
My personal best
I hauled in a 17 pounder recently and believe me, it was wild compared with the 2 to 5 pounders I had been used to. I caught this handsome big fish at a small lake near Kansas City, after dark. He put up a good fight. When he took my bait, I knew I had something big on the other end of the line.
I would never kill and eat a magnificent fish of that size. After he posed reluctantly for photos, he was released back into the murky depths where he will continue to grow and become even more majestic.
Be sure to bring a camera with you when you fish, and a scale. You never know when you might land the big one, and you want to be able to verify it.
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