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Catfish Fishing

Catfish Fishing Tips

May 28th, 2021
What Do Catfish Eat?

Three species of catfish dominate North American fishing: the channel, the blue, and the flathead. And while they share a lot in common, including an incredible sense of smell, their feeding behavior and diet are more different than you might expect. So while the stomach of a channel cat may be filled with snails and […]

May 20th, 2021
Best Time To Catch Catfish: A Season-by-Season Breakdown

While most anglers chase catfish in the hazy, lazy days of summer, die-hard catmen know that all four seasons offer their own abundance, and that with the possible exception of the spawn in late spring/early summer, there’s great catfishing to be had year-round. That doesn’t mean that peak seasons can’t be identified for each of […]

May 19th, 2021
Catfish Stings and How to Hold a Catfish Safely

There are plenty of myths in the fishing world, but none more persistent than the idea that catfish whiskers can “sting.” It’s simply not true--not even a little! Their whiskers may look scary, but they’re harmless! That doesn’t mean that catfish can’t hurt you while you’re handling them--they certainly can and will--but it’s not their […]

May 19th, 2021
The Catfish Spawn: A Problem with a Solution

Unlike bass, crappie, bluegill, and other popular species of game fish, catfish are actually toughest to catch during the spawn. Varying widely even within the same body of water, and driving males to avoid feeding altogether until their hatch are free swimming, spring and early summer are the hardest seasons to catch nice cats. Many […]

May 19th, 2021
Catfish Fishing Tips: Catch Catfish Like a Pro

Catfishing is a time-honored tradition in many parts of the country. While grabbing a few packs of chicken livers or some hotdogs from the local store is the way many people prepare to catch some kitties, we’d like to help you improve your game a bit more than that and give you some solid catfish […]

April 19th, 2021
Types of Catfish - Catfish Species Explained

Catfishing sounds easy. Just wait till dark, run a big hook through a rotting chunk of liver, add a weight that allows you to cast, and let ‘er rip--right? Not so fast! The more you know about catfish, the more you realize that every species has a different preference for prey items and habitat--each of […]

February 11th, 2021
The Best Catfish Rigs: Blue and Flathead Essentials

If there’s one thing that separates novice catfish anglers from the pros, it’s rigging. Good rigs are designed to present live bait attractively, keep it put in a strong current, and control the depth of presentation to a tee. For blues and flatheads, that’s essential. Unlike the scavenging channel cat, they hunt their meals and […]

Catfish Tackle Reviews

January 5th, 2021
Best Hooks For Catfish Reviewed

As catfish anglers are quick to note, these big, bad fish need hooks to match. That can come as a surprise to fishermen used to other species, but if you’ve ever had a hook snap or bend on a fat blue, you’ll quickly learn that thick, tough hooks are the only way to go.  We’ve […]

January 7th, 2021
Best Catfish Bait and Techniques for Every Situation

Plenty of catmen swear that the best bait for catfish is nothing more complicated than a box of old chicken livers, and years of experience has proven that they’re not wrong! But if you want to improve your odds, increase your catch, or land some brute blues, chicken liver is probably not your best option […]

January 7th, 2021
Best Fishing Line For Catfish Reviewed

Tying into a monster catfish is a heart-pounding experience, and you want to know that the fishing line you’ve spooled on your reel can take the heat. When you’re hunting murky water for a big blue, you don’t need excellent sensitivity or super long casts, but you will appreciate awesome shock strength, incredible knot integrity, […]

April 2nd, 2021
Best Catfish Rods Reviewed - Tough, Sensitive, and Capable

The heart-pounding excitement of catfishing is easy to understand. A big blue or flathead can rival the size of any fish you can take by line, and these real-life river-monsters will put up the fight of your life! And an evening spent pulling channel cats from the river, followed by a fish-fry the next day, […]

April 3rd, 2021
Best Catfish Rod And Reel Combo: Strength and Power in 2021

There are fish--and then there are catfish. And as any hardcore catman can explain, tying into a big blue or flathead is an exhilarating experience that’ll test your rod, reel, line, and hook like almost nothing else. Some say catfishermen are a different breed, but one thing’s certain: a good catfish rod and reel combo […]

April 19th, 2021
Best Catfish Reels Reviewed

Fishing for catfish requires unusually tough tackle, because while you can plan on hooking a 3-pound channel cat, you might end up with a 20-pound flathead! That doesn’t mean that every rod and reel needs to be ready for a trophy blue, but rather than any given day on the water might just put your […]

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