As I have stated on this forum, I have trouble catching catfish. I have read many magazines and articles and know what I am doing in general. My mom taught me to catfish. She has no trouble hooking catfish, but I have trouble hooking catfish. My problem is timing. I can hook any other fish, and catfish in lakes; however, I live near the Mississippi River and have trouble setting the hook in the currenty conditions. (I have actually stopped fishing this "great" fishery - greatest in my area - in the last several years, but would like to start fishing it again.) If I miss the hookset, then I miss the fish. I usually set the hook at the first sign of rod tip movement (missing the fish) or too late, waiting for the fish to really hammer the bait or swallow the bait (but, the fish usually has taken all the bait and left by this time). My mom has told me too wait for ding, ding, pause ding HOOKSET, but this has only partially worked for me, yeilding me about 50% of the bites. Another person told me to lift up until I feel the weight of the fish (this works to a degree), but if I lift the weight up to feel the fish and its not biting the current carries the rig downstream (and the fish is gone). Again, this has only yeilding me a success rate of 50%. I find that some big channels and flatheads hook themselves, but what about all these fish I keep missing. I want to hear your opinions on when to set the hook for catfish (preferably channel catfish, if you have different methods for channels/blues/flatheads). How long do you wait? How many dings do you count? How do you know when to set the hook? Please help, and thanks for your help. Plus, I am sure some people new to catfishing could use this information.