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How To Catch Big Catfish Part 1 - Where and When to Catch Catfish in Lakes, Rivers and Reservoirs
I Don't Make My Living Fishing, I'm Living To Fish.
My name is Gary Turner and I love to fish.
I don't make my living fishing, I'm living to Fish.
This hubpage is about catching big catfish.
I love catfishing and going after the monster cats.
Whether you are new to catfishing or have been doing it your whole life,
I hope you will learn something from this hubpage.
Please if you have any insights, tips or great catfishing advice or questions
feel free to put them in the comments box.
Gone Fishin Club Members and some of the Flathead Catfish from a Santee Cooper TripClick thumbnail to view full-size
How to Catch Big Catfish - Part 1
Are You In Search Of Big Catfish?
Monster Catfish, World Class Trophy Catfish,
You've Come To The Right Place.
How to Catch Big Catfish is a 3 part series with some additional Hubpages by Gone Fishin Club for other Catching Big Catfish Information.
Here's what you need to know to greatly improve your chances of taking a trophy catfish. Many fishermen think that catching a trophy cat should be fairly easy. We see all the pictures on the internet and magazines showing all these giant catfish. It's true there are lots of trophy catfish caught each year, but it's not as easy as one might think. The good news is that more and more big catfish are being released after they are weighed, measured and photographed. Catch and release improves everybody's chances of catching a trophy catfish.
Where Is The Best Place To Catch A Trophy Catfish?
You can target big blue catfish and big flathead catfish in many large river systems and reservoirs in the Midwest, South and Eastern United States.
The Mississippi, Missouri, Tennessee and James River systems all contain World Record Class Catfish. Lake Texoma , Lake Marion, and Lake Moultrie also hold World Record Class Catfish. Most larger river systems and lakes hold trophy class cats from 30-50 pounds. You can catch them in smaller rivers and lakes but your best chances are in the bigger waters.
Some Santee Cooper Blue Cats
Best Time to Fish for Giant Catfish
When Is The Best Time Of Day To Fish For Giant Catfish?
There are several factors here such as season and moon phase, but generally in the summer months you can target blue catfish both day and night with good results. The flathead catfish are generally much more active at night, with many larger fish caught around midnight to 3 am. Full moon nights can be slow, so pass on these if you can reschedule to another night. Flatheads can be caught at any time day or night, but your chances are much greater at these peak times.
What Are The Best Months To Catch Trophy Catfish?
If you are chasing giant blue and flathead catfish, the summer months, when the water levels are generally lower, is the best time to target them. The warmer water makes the catfish more active and feed more. Another great season to catch big blue catfish is in the winter when most fishermen are waiting for spring to come. Those that know this secret are out killing themselves reeling in the big blues. It's a blast. This season is normally from November to January and sometimes extends into February.
Flatheads often will feed aggressively from late September through late October as they fatten up for the winter. The flathead catfish fishing slows through the winter and picks up again in the spring.
Gary Turner with a nice Flathead Catfish
Good Fat Blue Catfish
Where Will The Giant Catfish Be?
Where Will The Giant Catfish Be Lurking?
Flathead catfish like deep holes with cover on the outside edges of the rivers bends. Look for large logjams, cast under the edges and let your bait drift in and then hang on. If the outside bends are too strong to fish try to find some inside bends with less current to fish.
In large lakes and reservoirs look for the big flatheads in areas with lots of cover, submerged brush piles, or stumps. They often travel in old river and creek channels in these lakes and reservoirs. Often at night they will travel these channels emerging at the edge of shallows where they come to feed. Position yourself along these areas and wait for them to arrive.
Blue catfish will often be found in similar areas as the flathead catfish.
The blues can sometimes also be found a little deeper along drop-offs and ledges.
For more information on How to Catch Big Catfish,
See Part 2 of this article. How to Catch Big Catfish Part 2
Night Fishing for Big Blue Catfish
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Catfishing trips to Santee Cooper go here
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Another Nice Flathead!
What Kind of Catfish Fishing do you like?
Catching Catfish On Santee Cooper
Blue Catfish on a Windy Day
Catfishing Resources I use.
If you are looking for a great place to get catfishing tackle and equipment talk to David Ashby at Bottom Dwellers Tackle. If you ever dreamed of having your own custom fishing rod then you need to talk with Lyle Stokes of Blackhorse Custom Rods, he builds some really awesome rods at prices that will make you say " why did I wait so long to order a custom rod".