EQUIPMENT CONSIDERATIONS

ROD, REEL, LINE

Start with a spin casting reel(the one with the bail lever on top) rigged with 20-40 lb. mono filament with a 6-7 foot medium action rod. This combo is a all around catfish catcher.

Tackle
#2 to #6 circle hook or just a straight shank J . A two way swivel and a leader line.
And depending on the current flow a 1oz. To 4 oz. Sinker will be needed.

RIGGING
The most popular rigging for any species of catfish is the SLIP RIG.
SLIP RIG
OTHER CONSIDERATIONS
Cold drinks/ Lots of snacks/ Fishing cap /sunglasses / sun screen / bug repellant

FISHING TIPS: WHERE TO CATCH CATFISH
Plan your fishing trip where the fish are plentiful, especially if you’re just starting out. Just getting outdoors to fish is part of the fun, but nothing beats landing lots of fish.

A city park, pay-lakes or a (private lakes: be sure to get land owners permission) is a good bet. Rivers, streams, lakes, ponds and man-made reservoirs all hold fish. If you don’t know where to fish near your community, call an
department or ask someone at a local bait shops.

Catfish love structure and will often feed near these natural areas, sandbars, deep edges, in weed beds, trenches, drop offs and humps. They also swim near artificial structures such as boat docks, bridge pilings or piers and around natural cover such as fallen trees. Get a map of the lake if possible. It will help you locate some of these popular fish locations.
where to find catfish

CATFISH FISHING TIPS: BAIT
Choosing the right kind of bait can depend on the kind of catfish you’re trying to catch.
Each species of catfish prefer a there own type of natural diet. Here are some commonly used baits that will get results. some listed with tips on where to find them. Click on the links to learn how to get you hooked up!

NOTE: Because all species of catfish are opportunistic feeders, anglers have been known to catch to catch all three species of catfish on offerings of off beat choices. (Example) Bacon wrapped hot dogs, marsh mallows, bubble gum and even soap.

CHANNEL CATFISH                                BLUECATFISH                           FLATHEAD CATFISH

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CATCH AND RELEASE TIPS

CPR Catfishing

Once you’ve hooked a fish, you will need to begin a thought process as to how you need to retrieve the catch. If your in deep water, say 40 ft. or deeper, you will want to bring the up slowly so they have time to decompress so when you turn it loose, it is able to get to the bottom. catfish caught from the depths that are not given the chance to decompress often retain air in there bladder and will float until they die…….. MORE

FISHING KNOTS

Here are the three of the most popular catfishing knots.

SNELL KNOT                                           CLINCH KNOT                                          PALOMAR KNOT