what are some of the most important lessons about catfishing have you guys had to learn the hard way? i think one of my most important was never use braided line as leader material. when i first started targeting big cats i bought some of that spider wire catfish fusion. i think it was 60# test. it was supposed to be abrasion resistent . whatever. i was using 30 # main line and this stuff for a leader. i had a couple big fish on and my line broke both times at the leader. so, like a dummy, i would just retie figuring it most have had some bad spots. a friend of mine, who bass fishes ,showed me how to test abrasion resistence by rubbing the line back and forth over a piece of wood or rock and counting how many times it took to break. well the next time i was fishing i hooked another big cat and fought it for a little while and then, nothing. my line broke again. so i decided to test my leader material on a rock. it took it only 11 times to break. i then took my main line( which i believe was berkley catfish line) and tested it. it took 33 times to break it! well needless to say it went right into the trash! i belive i lost a total of 4 big fish because i didnt know what to use for a leader. what i wouldnt give to have those opportunities back. oh well, live and learn!