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  • what are the best fishing tactics for catfish?

    what are the best fishing tactics for catfish?

  • #2
    I just fish off the bottom. Get some chicken livers or some worms put them on a hook and tie on an egg sinker. Just let it sit and wait for a bite.

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    • #3
      Trot-lines, Jug fishing, Yo-Yo's or rod and reel.
      All can be baited with livers,worms, stink bait(store bait or home made). Night time is the best time, summer is their spawing time for them.
      Good luck and good fishing.

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      • #4
        For Channel and Blue cats fish the edges of curent breaks in rivers and larger creeks. Use worms of fresh cut baits. Fish on the bottom using a slip sinker rig. Use a weight heavy enough to keep the bait on the bottom, tie on a swivel, then a 16 inch leader with a hook. This lets the bait drift just above the bottom in the current. Choose a hook size to match the size of the catfish you wish to catch. For frying cats up to 3-4 pounds I generally use a number 4 eagle claw.

        For Flatheads fish eddy areas with live bait suspended just off the bottom. I like 3-4 inch bream, generally fished on an eagle claw 6/0 live bait hook. At night I tie out limb lines in the same holes using 6-8 inch bream and 10/0 to 12/0 hooks. We regularly catch big flatheads that way up to the 40 - 50 pound range along with a few big blue's and channels.

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        • #5
          Depends on where you live? Trot lines and jugs are illegal in MI. We use bottom rigs. The Berkley gulp baits are good and not as messy as the dip bait and dip worms. Crawlers also work well along with cut bait.

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          • #6
            Get some nice stinky bait like some chicken/turkey livers and attach to a weight and let it sink and then hold on. Also, some catfish dough products also work...

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            • #7
              Agreed with Beekeeper and + 1 for you sir!!!

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