Need Info

Discussion in 'Channel Catfish' started by coalfire, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. coalfire

    coalfire New Member

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    Hello.. I'm new to the forum and fishing and need some help..My 10yr. old son caught his first catfish and loves it. Sad thing is I have only the basic knowledge of fishing ... any help would be great
     
  2. curdog

    curdog New Member

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    Keith, Welcome to BOC!!!
    The BOC libruary is chocked full of info.
     

  3. zeboman

    zeboman New Member

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    First off I want to welcome you to the BOC. If you are after channel cats chicken liver or beef liver, cut bait ,or a stink bait will work fine. For flatheads I use live bait or cutbait. I hope this helps.
     
  4. coalfire

    coalfire New Member

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    Thanks for the advice.. Any suggestions on how to rig the line and the amount of weight. We are fishing from the bank on a river and a lake
     
  5. zeboman

    zeboman New Member

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    Put a split shot about 12-18 inches above your hook to keep your sinker away from the bait,also learn to tie a polymar knot, it`s the strongestknot in my opinion.
     
  6. justwannano

    justwannano Active Member

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    Hook on the bottom.
    Splitshot next--Instead of splitshot try a twig. Just has to be large enough so the sinker,which is above the splitshot/twig, can't slip past and hit your hook. There you have it a simple slip sinker rig.
    Used for bottom fishing but it'll work under a bobber also.
    Weight depends upon current. Every location is different.
    good luck
    just

    Welcome to the BOC.
     
  7. firechief4201

    firechief4201 New Member

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    Keep your rigging simple, but it does depend on the waters you are fishing.
    Lake or pond lite sinkers and tackle will do. In rivers you will need heavy sinkers and grear for the current. Thanks for taking kids fishing.
     
  8. Pirate Jerry

    Pirate Jerry New Member

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    Welcome from NE Florida... Read the forums here and you will get info on anything you need.....
     
  9. bluejay

    bluejay Well-Known Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Keith. You came to the right place. All the info you'll need here.
     
  10. CJ21

    CJ21 New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC, Keith. you join the right place.
     
  11. waynesburgjay

    waynesburgjay New Member

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    welcomke to the BOC...A nightcrawler catches just about anything
     
  12. coalfire

    coalfire New Member

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    Thanks for the warm welcome and all the help ... We have a trip planned for tomorrow.... maybe we will catch some fish
     
  13. Dave L

    Dave L New Member

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    Welcome, Keith. Good luck on your trip tomorrow.
     
  14. cathooked

    cathooked New Member

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    welcome Keith from north carolina..
     
  15. boswifedeb

    boswifedeb USCA Jailhouse Lawyer

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    Hi coalfire, welcome to the BOC/Soc. I'm fairly new myself, but just look around on here and you can learn a ton. Hope you and your son have a good trip. Let us know how it goes!
    Deb:big_smile:
     
  16. yeppa

    yeppa New Member

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    Keep it simple---Keep it short---Bring snacks.
     
  17. Carp King

    Carp King New Member

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    How heavy is the tackle your son is using. If its light then try a 1/4 ounce sinker on the mainline tied to a swivel. The swivel will help keep the line from twisting and will allow the catfish to roll. Then tie on a leader thats lighter than the main line, tie on a hook, put your bait on and have some fun watching your son catch some big uns.:big_smile: