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Episode 24 A Catfishing Primer

Join me today as I talk about one of the most beloved sports in the South…catfishing.

Catfishing can be done in a variety of ways.  The most common and obvious is rod and reel.  I take you through the simple setup of a rod and reel for catfish including some of the popular baits.  Its important to know that some types of catfish (three varieties are present where I’m at) prefer different baits sometimes.

There are also a number of do-nothing methods including jug fishing, trot-lines and setting poles.  I also briefly explain those methods.

This is a quick primer for someone who has never fished for catfish before.  We’ll talk about where and specific techniques at a later time.

4 comments to Episode 24 A Catfishing Primer

  • CountryRoots...

    Hey, what about noodling? You won’t catch me dead (or alive for that matter) doing that sort of thing, but it’s big in the south!

  • Jason

    Oh yeah! I’ve been asked to go before but hey, like you said, I value my life and am not crazy. Way too many snapping turtles down this way.


  • Ken

    Good show! Cat-fishing has been something I’ve done all my life. I think it is one of my favorite fish to go for. Unfortunately, most all of the fish here in CA are not safe for eating, particularly for women and children. All of our water ways are contaminated with lead, mostly from gold mining. Just read the consumption guidelines on the CA DFG website and apply the government filter to get to a safe level (they like to keep us stupid). I still fish though, and have a few areas that are relatively safe to eat from, e.g.: no danger of heavy metals. Because of this, I’ve become a catch and release cat fisherman. It makes the sport even more challenging! The areas that I like to fish are the greater San Joaquin delta area and all the connected sloughs and canals. The delta is under tidal influence, so our (my) technique is a bit different than yours. Same types of stink baits and live, but no or little weight and a lighter rod and line. I look for areas of cover or habitat and since there is current, cast out so that the bait drifts down to the desired area. Since I’m going to release, I’m trying for a mouth hook, and I’ll play the cats for a long time to get them to put the bait into the back of their mouth so I can set the hook. I’ve also experimented with casting baits and have had some success. Usually with top water bass baits that mimic natural prey like frogs or mice. Twenty year ago, I used to get plenty of cats in the 15lb and up range, some around 25lb or more, but we’ve had such an influx of south east asian immigrants who are use to eating everything they catch, that the fishery isn’t what it was. Now I’m lucky to break 15lb and its mostly tossers (which is actually all of mine).

  • Jason

    Ken-very nice. I’m sorry to hear though that you can’t eat most of them. We have a similar issue on the Ohio river but it seems to be getting a little better.

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