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“Could you give us some tips on how to catch a catfish?”, “You make catching catfish look so easy, how’d you do it?” and “Can you teach me how to catch a catfish?” are some of the most common questions that I’ve been asked over the past few years from people all around the social media.
So, that’s why I’ve come up with this guide in order to answer all of the questions related to catching a catfish.
There are some basic things that you should know about catfishes. The first thing you need to know is that a catfish usually thrives in lakes or small stream. Also, their habitat can change from clear water to muddy water. And you’d be glad to know that there is no particular time for Catfish.
#1, Things That are Required for Catching a Catfish
There is actually not much needed to catch a catfish, but still, there are some things that can make the work of catching them a whole lot easier.
The first thing you’ll need is a fishing rod which is pretty obvious. A spinning rod of the 6-7 foot can work. Make sure that the built of the rod is medium-heavy in order to catch an averagely sized catfish.
Make sure that the handle of the rod is large enough so that you can avoid inconvenience because when you encounter a big fish, a small handle can make it hard for you to manage it. A big handle can give you more control over the catfish once it gets trapped into the hook.
Now you know the basic things you need to catch a catfish, but the question is “Where?”. There was a time when even I didn’t know where to find catfishes and I’m damn sure that a lot of you also don’t know the answer to this question. I’ll tell what you need to know.
They thrive deep inside holes or river bends where they can find a place to hide. They don’t actually hide in these drop-offs. They just like to enjoy a little shade by hiding from the direct sunlight. And if you are fishing at night, then you might get lucky because they are known to hunt better at night. So, your bait can actually work at night. Look for some shorelines or flat water when fishing a catfish at night.
#2, How to Catch a Catfish?
Video: How to catch catfish with worms - fishing for catfish in a lake
Video Credit: Catfish and Carp
Now, since I’ve already told you how to find them and what you’ll need. The final part is to catch them.
- Method #1
To catch a catfish, you can try the slip sinker rig. It is one of the most popular when it comes to catching a catfish. It is very easy to make. All you have to do is thread a bead and a sinker on the main line.
Then you have to tie the main line to one of the ends of the swivel. Now, on the other end of the swivel is a 2-foot-tall monofilament leader. This is one of the most popular ways and effective one too.
- Method #2
A common rig can also work. Catfish are generally very quick so wait for them to get comfortable with the bait. Catfish usually has a habit to play with the bait. So just feed the line to a catfish and once it gets trapped in the hook, take it out.
- Method #3
Jig head hook can also work while catching a catfish. It is said to be one of the easiest ways, but it needs a little patience. Usually, sitting quietly and keeping the jig head still can help in catching a catfish.
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