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My Thoughts on Catfishing

Updated on November 21, 2010
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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.

66 pound flathead
66 pound flathead | Source

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.

More Information

For more great information on fishing, visit Catfish Corner Online. You will find a blog with helpful tips, and a forum where you can sign up and commiserate with fellow fishermen and women, and exchange ideas and fish stories. Plus you can sign up to win free gear!

Another great site to explore is the Brotherhood of Catfishermen. Here you will find more great fishing tips and others who share your interest.

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    • Karen Wodke profile image
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      Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

      Thanks for these amazing and surprising bait tips. Can't wait to share them!

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      I left it out overnight and the cheese solidified a bit. You can also cook the left overs in a pan for a moment, just to get it solid enough for a hook. After some bites the bait was gone, so you had to rebait frequently. You can also mix butter with it and make balls of it. Believe it or not, we used to spray WD-40 on a bundle of night crawlers on hook to get them in.

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      Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

      Macaroni? That's amazing!How did you keep it on the hook? I am intrigued!

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      Augustine A Zavala 6 years ago from Texas

      In Kentucky, I used left over spiral shaped cheese macroroni. They became crazed, I actually saw catfish swimming in the area look for some more. Thank you for the hub.

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      Karen Wodke 6 years ago from Midwest

      I know...fishing is one of those things you feel like doing if you read about it or talk about it too long!

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      saddlerider1 6 years ago

      I use to catch catfish at my aunt's lake cottage when I was a boy, they were just 3 lbs or so and tasty eating. Always they swallowed the hook and I had to use pliers to pull it out and often I couldn't so just gutted them in the boat got back my hook and saved their flesh for pan frying, loved em in butter and garlic and pepper.

      Same as frogs legs, use to catch them to, the big croakers, cut off their legs, fried up in butter and pepper and salt they are absolutely divine. Great hub, now I feel like going fishing:0))

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      JoshLysne 6 years ago from Minnesota

      Great hub. I just took up cat fishing this year on a river near my home. Didn't get any monsters this year, biggest was about 10 pounds, but a beautiful fish anyway.

      I found cut bait and later in the year frogs to be the bait of choice up here in Minnesota.

      Tight lines!