A guide to non-typical catfish techniques
A Guide to Non-Typical Catfish Fishing Techniques
Many of the people about to take one of my guided trips don’t believe that Catfish feed as aggressively as other game fish. People are used to throwing out their bait and letting it set while they wait. Some days this works and they don’t have to wait very long, but some days we all know that the wait can be very long. This waiting is what encouraged me to try to catch Blue Cats using other methods. Some techniques are passed down from generation to generation and these tried and true methods have caught Catfish since people have fished for them. I have used these methods most of my life and it was the way I was taught to catch Catfish. On the opposite end of the Cat-fishing spectrum, however, are two newer methods that I have been using to consistently catch Catfish, as well.
Fishing for Catfish
Ah, the American Catfish! The big three: Blues, Channel Cats and Flatheads; aren’t they a wonderful species of fish? Each one has its own outstanding features to thrill Catfishermen and women throughout the United States and even worldwide. Flatheads, with their big, wide heads and flat tails, have my vote as the hardest pulling fish pound-for-pound in fresh water. No Catfisherman can talk very long without telling their favorite Channel Cat story.
Channel Cats live almost anywhere in fresh water and eat an enormous variety of baits, from prepared stink baits to live baits. I believe these whisker fish are the most versatile and adaptive members of the Catfish family. The next Catfish member, the Blue Cat, also commonly called a White Cat, gets my pick for the best all around, year-round Catfish. This is also the fish I target with my non-typical Cat-fishing techniques. Although Channel Cats and Flatheads are caught using these techniques, Blue Cats remain the king in mass numbers. These dudes grow big and fast and will strike your bait with a vengeance. Plus, they pull hard in the Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall.
The Blue Catfish
The Blue Cat is truly an amazing fish. I have caught these fish as deep as 96 feet at the bottom of a river channel in cold water conditions. I have also seen them come right up to the top and smash a school of shad just as a Striper or White Bass would do in warm water conditions. As far as I can tell, these fish feed aggressive all year, which in my opinion sets them apart from Flatheads and Channel Cats. Reports of Blues falling for lead spoons, jigs, crank baits, and many other artificial lures are not uncommon any time of the year. The other Blue Cat bonus is their size, growing much larger than Channel Cats and a smidge larger than Flatheads. That makes your chances of catching a Blue Cat over 20 pounds a big time reality. Fish over 50 pounds are not that hard to find in reservoirs and rivers that have had time to produce that size of Catfish.
These fish grow to be over 100 pounds - itÂ’s the exception and not the rule, but it does happen. That’s the beauty in setting up and fishing for Blue Cats: your next fish might be 1 pound, 51 pounds, or 101 pounds.
Make sure to read Part 2 and 3 of this article to learn about Capt. Jeff's non-typical techniques!
Copyright © 2002-2005 Jeff Williams
You have permission to publish this article free of charge as long as you are not selling it and that you include the author bylines immediately visible with the article and, if published in an electronic medium such as on a web site, you provide a link back to www.ozark-lodges-fishing-trips.com in the author bylines, both where the web address is listed as well as well as with the text “Lake of the Ozarks Catfish Fishing Guide ServiceÂ”...
Jeff Williams runs a Truman Lake Hybrid Bass and Lake of the Ozarks Catfish Fishing Guide Service offering lodging and guided trips in Missouri.
In most areas of the United States, the main species of catfish available are blue catfish, channel catfish, and flathead catfish, though you can also find white catfish and bullhead catfish in some areas.
Therefore, when seeking out catfish fishing techniques and other general information on the sport, these are the breeds on which you should focus.
Channel cats, being the smallest and least picky of these three varieties, require less specialized techniques in order to reel in a number of them during an afternoon excursion. This breed can be found in just about any freshwater source - lakes, ponds, rivers, creeks, reservoirs, and any other formations - and is definitely categorized as an opportunistic feeder and scavenger, more so than even other catfish breeds.
You can use almost any type of bait, though less sizeable night crawlers and small bits of chicken liver tend to be quite attractive to these fish. Rigging options are a personal choice, with just about any type of rigging producing great results, though some anglers actually recommend a Carolina rig. Channel cats often gathered near dams, where they can find bits and pieces of fish disposed of by a drainage or a turbine at a factory.
They also prefer cover brush and other underwater cover, so one important catfish fishing technique to consider is to fish the shorelines with lots of shallow water and brush cover.
However, for a much different approach, consider the flathead catfish. Fishing techniques in this area should be well honed for best results, as flatheads can be elusive if you are not prepared. Few species of fish grow to be larger, with only the blue catfish, white sturgeon, and alligator gar being bigger. When you find your flathead catfish prize, it is quite likely to put up a hard fight.
For the best chance of catching a whopper in daylight hours, fish during warm months, targeting waters between May and October. Focus on large rivers or lakes with moving water that doesn't have an extremely strong current, and stick to areas with fast-breaking structure where flatheads like to find cover here.
The best flathead catfish fishing technique that actually allows you to avoid the necessity of fighting your fish to shore is to fish at night with the use of trotlines. Your catch will be hooked and held overnight, and you'll simply collect what you've caught in the wee hours of the morning.
About the Author:
Dan Eggertsen is a fishing researcher and enthusiast who is commited to providing the best catfish fishing information possible. Get more information on catfish tournaments here: http://www.askcatfishfishing.com
External RSS(LOT OF 2) ZEBCO 808 CATFISH FIGHTER 808HCF SPINCAST REEL BULK
13 Fishing Okuma Spinning Reel Catfish Rod Outdoor Activities for Men Lake New
2PK OKUMA AVENGER BAITFEEDER ABF40B 7 BB SPINNING REEL SALTWATER CATFISH
2x Saltwater Surf Fishing Spinning Reel 10BB Offshore catfish Big Size 10000
1 Zebco Bite Alert and 1 Daiwa Opus Catfish Spinning Reels
2x YOSHIKAWA Surf Spinning Fishing Reels Baitfeeder Saltwater Carp Catfish 11BB
3 DZ YOYO AUTOMATIC FISHING REEL, 1 DOZEN PER BOX CATFISH CRAPPIE POLE)
4 Early & Late Catfish,Beater Spinning Reels,ABU/Quantum Ready To Fish,Serviced
5 Ball Bearing Catfish Inshore Trolling Fishing Round Baitcasting Reel
6 NEW WHITE'S AUTO FISHER REEL YO YO SURVIVAL FISHING REELS LIMB LINE CATFISH
ABU 6500 C3 Baitcast Fishing Reel Baitcasting Musky Muskie Catfish
ABU 7000 C Baitcast Fishing Reel Musky Muskie Trolling Catfish Gar
ABU GARCIA Catfish Special C3 7000 Round Reel C3-7000CATSPC
Abu 7000 Baitcast Fishing Reel Musky Muskie Trolling Catfish Gar
Abu Garcia C3-6500 Ambassadeur Catfish Special Round Baitcast Fishing Reel
Abu Garcia 1365393 C3 Catfish Special Round Reel [7000, 4.1:1 Gear Ratio, 3
Abu Garcia AMBASSADEUR C3-7000CATSPC CATFISH SPECIAL Baitcast Reel 1365393
Abu Garcia Alphamar 12 reel. NIB. Levelwind. Casting. Catfish. Striper
Abu Garcia Ambassadeur 6500CP Rocket Catfish Pro in box (FREE SHIPPING)
Abu Garcia Ambassadeur CS-7000 Pro Rocket Baitcast CATFISH RH Fishing Reel
Abu Garcia C3 1365393 Catfish Special Round Baitcasting Reel
Abu Garcia C3 Catfish Special Round Baitcasting Reel C3-6500CATSPC
Abu Garcia C3 Catfish Special Round Reel
Abu Garcia C3 Catfish Special Round Reel 7000, 4.1:1 Gear Ratio
Abu Garcia C3-6500 Ambassadeur Catfish Special Round Baitcast Fishing Reel Reels
Abu Garcia Catfish Commando Fishing Rod And Reel Combo, 7 Feet, Medium
Abu Garcia Catfish Commando Fishing Rod and Reel Combo 7 Feet Medium Heavy Po...
Abu Garcia Catfish Commando Fishing Rod and Reel Combo, 7 Feet, Medium Heavy Pow
Abu Garcia Catfish Commando Spinning Combo Fishing Spin Reel
Abu Garcia Orra S Right Left Hand Catfish Fishing Spinning Reel Gear Ratio 5.8:1
Abu Garcia RH Classic Baitcast Catfish Fishing Reel C3-5500 Gear Ratio 5.3:1
Abu Garcia Revo Toro 50HS 50 HS Baitcasting Reel Musky Swimbait Catfish Clicker
Abu Garcia STX 5600 Ambassadeur Baitcast CATFISH Fishing Reel / 5bb Ratio 5.9:1
Abu Garcia STX 5600 Ambassadeur Round Baitcast Fishing Reel + CATFISH Tackle Kit
Ambassadeur Catfish Special Round Baitcast Fishing Reel Smoothness Ball Roller
Best Fishing Reel Striper Catfish Offshore Heavy Duty Inshore Penn Saltwater
Catfish Fishing Reel Abu Garcia Big Size Baitcast Professional Smooth Pull Drag
DC6000 Spinning Reel Baitfeeder Saltwater Catfish Surf Fishing Spare Spool NEW
DR.FISH 6000 Spinning Reel Saltwater Catfish Surf Fishing Baitfeeder Spare Spool
Daiwa 1600C Spinning Fishing Reel bass pike catfish fish Japan
DrFish Spinning Reel Saltwater Fishing Baitfeeder 2 Spool 4000 11BB Catfish Reel
Eagle Claw Catfish Kit w/rod & Reel 8' Glass MS6524CK
KastKing Fishing Reels,Saltwater Big Game ,sharky 3000,Spinning Reel for Catfish
Hercules-II 4000 Fishing Reel Baitfeeder 2 Spool 11BB Freshwater Catfish Trout
LARGE DAIWA J40 OPEN FACE SPINNING FISHING REEL VERY GOOD FLATHEAD CATFISH
LOT OF 4 - Zebco Rhino Spin Cast Reels - Metal - 3bbs - Catfish or Bass Fishing
Lew's Right Hand Mach Speed Spool MCS CATFISH Casting Fishing Reel Ratio 6.8:1
Lightweight Spinning Reel 5BB 5.1:1 Freshwater Ice Fishing Trout Catfish
Long Shot Saltwater Spinning Fishing Reel 10000 , 15BB Catfish Tuna Surf Casting
Lot 2 Spinning Reel Saltwater Fishing Heavy Duty 10000 9+1BB Surf Marlin Catfish
Lot of 2 Zebco 733 Titanium SpinCast Catfish Reels
Mint RARE Abu Ambassadeur 5600C 5600 Red Thumbar Vintage Striper Catfish Reel
Minty RARE Abu Ambassadeur 5600C 5600 Red Thumbar Vintage Striper Catfish Reel
NICE RARE Abu Ambassadeur 6600C 6600 Red Thumbar Vintage Striper Catfish Reel
Okuma Battle Cat Catfish Rods 10 Ft Heavy 2 Piece Spin BCS1002H
Okuma Battle Cat Catfish Rods 7 Ft 6 Inch Heavy 2 Piece Spin BCS762H
Okuma Fishing Rod Reel Tundra Combo Saltwater Surf Pier River Catfish 8 M
Okuma Fishing Rod Reel Tundra Combo Saltwater Surf Pier River Catfish 8' M
PENN PEER 109 Trolling Baitcasting Fishing Reel Shore Catfish Musky Baitcast
PENN Peer 109 Levelwind Reel Ocean Surf Catfish Excellent Condition USA 17# Line
Penn Battle II 4000 Anti-Reverse Catfish Fishing Spinning Reel Gear Ratio 6.2:1
Penn Spinfisher V Bail-less 6BB Catfish Fishing Spinning Reel / Gear Ratio 5.6:1
Quantum Bill Dance Catfish Striper Trolling Reel BD20XLG
Ready 2 Fish Catfish Spin Rod and Reel Combo ~ New ~ Free Shipping
Saltwater Baitcasting Fishing Reel Sea Bass Catfish Fishing Pole Reel Tackle
Saltwater Spinning Fishing Reel 10000 , 14+1BB Catfish Salmon Tuna Surf Jigging
Shakespeare Catch More Fish Catfish 7' Spinning Rod & Reel Combo, CMF CATFISH
Shakespeare Catch More Fishing Combo Catfish Spinning Reel And 7' Rod Tackle Box
Spinning Carp Fishing Reel Catfish Reel Saltwater/Freshwater Reel 11+1BB ... New
Spinning Reel Saltwater Fishing Heavy Duty 10000 9+1BB Super Big Marlin Catfish
Team Catfish Gold Ring 5000 Spinning Reel
YOSHIKAWA BAITFEEDER Spinning Reel Saltwater Musky Catfish Fish 5000 5.5:1 11BB
YOSHIKAWA Bait feeder Spinning Reel 5000 5.5:1 Carp Pike Catfish Fishing
YOSHIKAWA Bait-feeder Fishing Spinning Reel Beach Saltwater Carp Catfish10+1BB
YOSHIKAWA Baitfeeder Fishing Spinning Reel 11BB 4000 Bass Catfish Carp 5.5:1
YOSHIKAWA Large Spinning Reel Baitfeeder Saltwater Surf Fishing Catfish 6000 5.5
YOYO AUTOMATIC FISHING REEL, ONE BOX OF 12 YOYOS ( CRAPPIE, POLE, CATFISH )
Yoshikawa Liveliner 6000 Catfish Fishing Spinning Reel Freshwater Baitfeeder
Zebco / Quantum Accurist Right Hand Bait Cast CATFISH Fishing Reel 7.0:1 PT 6bb
Zebco Bowfisher 808 Direct Mount Spincast Fishing Reel Catfish 21-, Ambidextrous
Zebco Bowfisher 808 Direct Mount Spincast Fishing Reel Catfish 21-13645
abu garcia ambassadeur 6000 Catfish special ready to fish VTGTested Well-Oiled
ht 7005b catfish spinning reel
Note: All prices in US Dollars