Catfishing Basics For Beginners


Fishing for catfish is an enjoyable activity beside its delicious flesh. Normally, the activity does not need costly equipment to carry out. When I was growing up as a young kid, I spent much of my time in river shores catching catfish, although I also caught a good number of rough fishes as well. There are several times I went home with nothing in hand thinking they didn’t take the bites. Over the time, the number of catfish continued to grow while the number of the rough fishes reduced. 

It’s not until I started using livers from chicken, stink bait and night crawlers that I began to catch more catfish and less rough fish. Although night crawlers are adaptable lure to the fish, the problem is that every other animal in the water will run for the crawler. Crawdads, cut baits, stink baits and chicken liver are known to lure catfish while avoiding the rough fish from the catch. 

My breakthrough to better fishing began when I discovered the need to put the bait on the front for more active catfish. Therefore, I had to keep moving than just sitting on the river bank at the same spot for hours. I first bought a six horse power Johnson Outboard and a small Jon boat in my fishing activities. It was more advantageous as I was now able to cover more waters and catch more fish than before. This gave me an advantage as I did not have pesky mosquitoes around. 

What really increased my catch was the discovery that, I was supposed to find active fish rather than make the dormant fish bite my baits. Therefore, I started getting to more active fish. As this discovery advanced, I couldn’t wait for a fish to bite the bait for more than ten minutes; I simply pulled the anchor and moved forward. While on the audition of proving this discovery, I found myself spending more time in one location even without getting anything for as long as ten minutes. I definitely knew that if a catfish was not caught within the ten minutes period, then even in twenty minutes time there could be none. I still use the same technique twenty years down the line, and the method has always yielded. 

Regardless of the kind of fish you are catching; whether it’s bass, walleyes or catfish, moving along the river is the key to finding the active fish. While you need a deal of patience in fishing, it pays nothing to keep waiting for long. It’s my believe that moving up and down the river in search of a catch is much productive than staying in one spot. This technique has proved to be productive in my fishing experience as when the fish are active; you are likely going to get more catch faster.