camping and catfishing at night in Alabama
The purpose of this hub is to give you some information about 2 things that Alabama is famous for, camping and catfishing.
Whether you camp at a public camping ground or just out on a creek this hub will teach you what you need to know in order to have a safe, fun night camping and catfishing.
Get your campsite ready during the day
- Set up your tent
- Get your fire-pit dug
- Have your firewood stocked for the night.
- Keep a clean camping area
- Pick up anything you could trip over (limps-trash-rocks etc.)
- Make sure you have plenty of lanterns
- Learn your way around the camp during the day.
- Set up your fishing spot during the day.
Digging your firepit
In order to have a safe firepit it should be about 2 feet deep and be surrounded by rocks.
The rocks should be about 1 foot round and you can easily pick up 10-12 of them from the creek, just wade out and pick em up.
Then you will need enough firewood to last you for however long you plan on fishing, so just walk around and get you a pile of wood. keep it around 5 feet from the fire.
Also be sure and have some water and dirt handy to put out the fire, you can use greenery and dirt but the greenery must be fresh cut and not dried out or you will just make the fire bigger. Place the greenery on the fire it will smother it then you can throw some dirt or water on it to fully put it out.
Make sure there isn't a fireban on, sometimes during the summer months if there is a drought they will have a ban on fires to prevent forest fires you can find out from your local fire dept. if there is a fireban.
If you are camping at a Public Campground like Horseshoe Bend, you can buy your fishing license for the day at the camp store and they have a BBQ to cook on in each plot, you just rent your spot for the night buy your fishing license and you are good to go.
Make sure and buy a fishing license, you can get them at Wal-Mart or any local bait store.
Lot Rent includes
- Public Restroom
- Public Shower
- Power for your Camper or RV
- A clean roomy lot
- I've included a map below for anyone who would like to visit Horseshoe bend
Don't forget to bring
- Food and drinks
- First Aid Kit
- Fishing Poles
- Fishing Bait
- Sleeping Bag
- Charcoal & Lighter Fluid
- Extra Batteries for Flashlights & Lanterns
Picking out your catfishing spot
During the day go to the water and find the spot you are gonna fish that night, go ahead and set it up for night fishing.
Dig you a fire-pit, clean the fishing area. make sure you can cast your line there with nothing blocking you.
Also walk around the area and pick up anything that might be a trip hazard.
Set out your chairs, and go ahead a put your fish stringer in the water.You are gonna need it later to hold them big catfish.
Make sure you are familiar with your fishing area during the day and that it is within a 5 minute walk of where you are camping, you don't want to risk getting lost in the dark trying to find your way back to the camp, so avoid that by getting real familiar with the area during the day.
Some different kinds of bait that Catfish Love
- Chicken Livers
- Chicken Gizzards
- Nightcrawler worms (you can dig em up with a shovel in any moist area)
- Anything really stinky
I recommend that you use enough weight that you fish off the bottom, and use any of the baits mentioned above,catfish feed at night and aren't picky eaters.
If you follow the instructions above I'm confident that you will catch a minimum of 100lbs of catfish per person if you fish for a couple of hours.
10 to 20lb catfish are esily caught in Alabama, catfishing at night.
If you are going to go to a public campground try Horse Shoe Bend, you will love it.
I have included the google map below.
I hope this helps you have a fun night camping and catfishing
Thanks for stopping by and God-Bless-Us-All.
I recommend Horse Shoe Bend Campground
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