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#3237793 - 05/03/13 07:56 AM Help with Catfishing
htnseymour
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Registered: 09/26/11
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I have caught thousands of catfish on a trot line in my life, but it occurred to me last night I have never targeted them on a rod and reel. I need some advice on gear, bait, set-up, and best strategy to catch some on a rod and reel so I can take my godson.

Thanks
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#3237821 - 05/03/13 08:14 AM Re: Help with Catfishing [Re: htnseymour]
Bayou Buck
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Well if you are catching them on a trot line then I would use whatever bait that was working for you then. I like to use cut bait or chicken breast and normally use a carolina rig in a little current.

He would probably enjoy jugging for catfish also. My nephews love chasing the pool noodles swimming around and pulling up the fish. Good luck!

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#3237885 - 05/03/13 09:11 AM Re: Help with Catfishing [Re: Bayou Buck]
pressfit
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Hook line and sinker.. thats it.. I use the kiss method./..
keep
it
simple
stupid
put him a circle hook on clamp on a sinker.. bait it with a rooster liver,a bluegill head,dead minnow, or a nightcrawler.. throw it on the bottom and wait.. it dont get much simpler.. plus.. it works...
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#3237968 - 05/03/13 10:17 AM Re: Help with Catfishing [Re: pressfit]
bowtechgump
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I fish Pickwick/Tennessee River and run a float around 5'-6' above a nightcrawler on bluff lines for channels. Same spot for blues and whites just use cut bait and fish around 15'-20', flatheads the same just live bluegill or shad. Are you fishing lakes, rivers, creeks or farm ponds?
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#3238314 - 05/03/13 05:23 PM Re: Help with Catfishing [Re: pressfit]
timberjack86
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Registered: 06/20/11
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 Originally Posted By: pressfit
Hook line and sinker.. thats it.. I use the kiss method./..
keep
it
simple
stupid
put him a circle hook on clamp on a sinker.. bait it with a rooster liver,a bluegill head,dead minnow, or a nightcrawler.. throw it on the bottom and wait.. it dont get much simpler.. plus.. it works...
This^^^ I will also add raw shrimp from walmart works well too.
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#3238396 - 05/03/13 07:10 PM Re: Help with Catfishing [Re: timberjack86]
WMAn
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This is a topic I still need help with myself, but I'll add limiting the amount of time you spend in one spot.

If I'm using stink/dip bait, fifteen minutes without a bite is my limit. Using other baits, thirty minutes. I especially enforce this limit on myself during April and May, June too if this cool weather holds.

On big lakes, I think power generation at the dam has a big influence on the daytime bite. One summer on Pickwick, we put out 35 noodles early in the morning spread over a variety of areas. We worked them for three or four hours and only caught one or two fish. Middle of the day, it was like someone flipped a switch, and we started catching fish. At the same time, I noticed that the ones we placed in creeks and coves were moving out toward open water. I assume power generation at the dam was creating current explaining our improved luck and the movement of our noodles.

Fishing noodles like that is a great way to learn a lot about catfish locations. General rules of thumb for location, in the spring look for them to be shallow in creeks/coves or near bluffs/rocks. Summer look for them deep near channels and bluffs.

Big rains can also be a God send to the catfish fishing. If I were in the Memphis area, I'd be after them tomorrow. Look for creeks and wet weather streams dumping storm water into the lake. The best day I ever had was on Pickwick after two straight days of rain brought on by a tropical storm. We caught a cooler full on 35 noodles in three runs, that is bait/drop and when the last one's out start collecting your fish.

If you're taking a kid, check out TWRA's family fishing lakes. They are usually well-stocked with catfish.
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#3238495 - 05/03/13 08:35 PM Re: Help with Catfishing [Re: WMAn]
TNRazorback
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Registered: 11/28/11
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 Originally Posted By: WMAn
If I were in the Memphis area, I'd be after them tomorrow.

Ok, that got me curious. Where?

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#3238626 - 05/03/13 11:04 PM Re: Help with Catfishing [Re: TNRazorback]
WMAn
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Any lake with catfish that has a bunch of storm water flowing in it. You probably should have been there as soon as it stopped raining today though. Tomorrow may be too late.
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