Catfishing is a lot of fun because catfish will eat a great variety of foods, so the chance to find your own success and unique catfishing baits is easy. However, you need to make sure you are bailing the catfish properly if you want to catch a large catfish. With so many different kinds of baits, how do you bait catfish properly?
The Time of Day to Bait
We will start by focusing on the best time of the day to go catfishing. Technically, you can go catfishing anytime but the best times of day to go catfishing are late in the evening or early in the morning. Just like many animals, catfish come out in search of food in the morning, rest near the bottom of a lake or river during the day and then come out again for more food in the evening.
Weather and Season as a Baiting Technique
Overcast clouds and rainy days are great times to catfishing. The clouds cause early morning, mid day and early evening to look the same and you can be successful baiting catfish all day. In the same way that weather is important, so is the season. Catfishing is most successful in the fall or the spring because water levels increase and catfish become highly active.
Be Still and Mobile
It is important to keep your bait as still as possible. This will ensure the attraction of catfish to your bait. You don’t want your bait moving or bouncing if you can help it.
While it is important to keep you bait still, it is also important for you to stay mobile. Watch the water for a current or something that suddenly sticks up out of the water. You can find out if fish are in the area by throwing a fresh sad head by an area that might have catfish. You will soon be able to tell if any fish are residing in the area. If you don’t get a bite in about twenty minutes, you should go in search of a new spot.
To find the right catfishing spots to bait, you also need to look at the environment. Baits are useless if you aren’t fishing in the right spot. Because catfish like to hide, look for hiding spots such as sunken logs or deep holes. Follow currents to spot deep channels. Study the waterways before fishing to learn of alcoves, river entry points and other areas where you may find catfish lurking. Catfish bait will be pointless if you don’t have the right fishing spots.
Flood Water Opportunity
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention the benefit of flood waters. Flood waters cause lakes and rivers to rise, flooding those waters with fresh vegetation and food. The vegetation and food then cause the catfish to feed heavily and become very active. I am suggesting bluegill or shad heads as catfish bait.
Catfishing is Exercise
When your wife or doctor tells you to get more exercise, you can go catfishing. It is quite a workout to reel in these strong fish and you will probably break a sweat and have your heart pumping on more than one occasion. Remember that people have drowned when noodling by being pulled into the water by the catfish on their arm. This can be a real workout!
Just to remind you of the proper catfishing baits and techniques:
- Early in the day or early in the evening
- Overcast or rainy days are ideal
- Spring or fall are the best seasons
- Keep your bait still
- Move on every 20 minutes, if you don’t get a bite
- Know your waterways
And my last tip for you: try to locate the fish instead of waiting for them to come to you.
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