When it comes to fishing, catfish is perhaps the most favorite target. With its easy-to-lure yet stubborn characteristic, many anglers swear how fun and exciting they are to catch. As such, it is every beginner’s top fish to start with.
What Is a Catfish?
It is a diverse class of ray-finned fish. Its name was derived from its well-known barbel which resembles a cat’s whiskers. This species predatory behavior is among its prominent characteristic. Anglers considered it as one of the top predators among others. They seek and thrive for a massive meal, which makes it easy to lure.
Catfish vary in size and behavior. They can get huge and struggle in an extremely feisty way. It is why a lot of fishers, seasoned or not, love to catch it.
Moreover, this species is categorized into three types: the flathead, the channel, and the blue one. The flathead is a huge and the top predator in rivers and lakes. It is one of the most territorial fish and will eat anything that will enter its domain.
The channel, on the other hand, is a favorite target when it comes to catfish angling. It might not be as large as the flathead and the blue one, but they give a good fight before they get caught which makes it thrilling to hunt.
Last but not least is the blue catfish. It is known as the “big momma” and can weigh up or even exceed 100 lbs.
Where to Find It?
Typically, they dwell in lakes and rivers. They tend to hide and stay on some areas of water where there is a structure such as a rocky bottom, a dock, a fallen, tree, or a bridge. This species often hangs around holes, dams, channel ledges, creek mouths, and outside river bends as well.
Furthermore, catfish are migratory. They usually swim up and down rivers and lakes. It is especially true with blue catfish which often cruise around inland waters. Flatheads, on the one hand, tend to stay in one area only and are known as territorial species.
On rainy days, especially, after a storm, these species loves to cruise and play around. Food sources are often available on this occasion; hence they make the most out of it. That said, it is wise to fish during the mentioned conditions.
How to Catch It
Catfish fishing is fun and stimulating. However, it is not as easy as you might think it is. Catfish love to struggle, and with their massive bodies, it can be quite tricky to catch it completely.
Essential Catfish Fishing Gear
- Terminal tackles including swivels, bobbers, bait and treble hooks, sinkers, and split shots
- Heavy-medium spinning rod and reel with abrasion resistant monofilament line
- Live baits and artificial lures (catfish chunks or dough)
- Long-nosed pliers
- Net or lip-grip
- Set up a slip-sinker rig by threading a sinker on the front and then a bead.
- Once done, tie the mainline to the one end of the swivel, and a one to two foot of monofilament on the other end. After that, end it with a hook.
- This is optional but adding a float rig can help lure catfish too. Directly attached afloat above a slip-sinker rig and used it to aid the bait drift to areas where they usually hide and stay.
- That’s it. Wait until they found your bait. Sometimes they are quick to catch, sometimes not. So, be patient and watch out for any movement.
Whether it is for recreational or commercial purposes, fishing catfish is sure an exciting way to start your fishing endeavors. With its easy-to-lure yet stubborn characteristic, who does not want to try it? Just remember to be patient always as these species love to move around and fight hard when caught.