3 Great Tips When Fishing for Catfish

Few things are as delicious as a catfish fry, especially if a fisherman and his pals have caught the fish themselves. Besides good eating, these scaleless, whiskered fish are smart and wary, and their spines make them a little dangerous. Here are three tips to help the quest for catfish end in success.

Leger
Most catfish are bottom feeders and prefer still or slow-moving water. Though there are a variety of techniques that can be used to catch them, including noodling, a technique called legering is an excellent choice. With legering, the fisherman can cast the bait a long way, and it will still sink to the bottom to attract the fish. A lever rig doesn’t have a float, so the way a fisherman knows that a fish has grabbed the bait is through touch. The fisherman can of course hold the rod in their hand, but other accouterments that are sensitive to a bite include swingtips, springtips, quiver tips and monkey climbers. Some can even be attached to electronic alarms. There are several types of lager rigs, including:

  • The running leger
    In this set up, a swivel, a split shot threaded on a loop of nylon and a split shot leger stop are added to the line with.
  • The bolt rig
    This type of leger rig uses a heavy sinker, beads, a backstop and a swivel.
  • The siding link lever
    Since catfish are predators, this rig allows them to play with the bait a while before they take it. This rig has a heavy sinker, a fixed swivel, a running swivel and a plastic bead.
  • The fixed paternoster
    This leger rig is good of fishing through tall weeds in still water. It has one swivel that is attached to a crank bait by a single filament.

Fish at Night
Most catfish are active at night or on overcast days. Night is when lots of them leave their deep water haunts and enter shallow water to look for smaller fish and crustaceans. Bring lanterns and light sticks for night fishing. Headlamps are also useful because they are strapped to the fisherman’s forehead, and leave their hands free.

Use Really Smelly Bait
Catfish are omnivores and eat just about anything, but they really love bait that is noisome. This would include somewhat rotted fish and chicken guts, organ meats that been left to sit for a while and chunks of blood pudding. Some fish, especially bullheads, are attracted to bits of bread dipped in salad dressing or rolled in spicy oil. Some can be caught with little bits of perfumed soap.

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