Hey everyone, 19 years old from Southern IL. I've recently decided to take up catfishing. I've been a bass and panfish fisherman all my life and lately I've been interested in catching catfish. About a month ago I caught my first catfish on a panfish tube. It was only about a 2 pound channelcat but the way it fought it felt like a 6 pound bass. That's part of the reason I want to catch some more. They are very tough fighters and a more rare catch than just bass in the lake I go to. Then after that first one, I then caught about a 3 pound channel on a plastic worm but it broke my line when I tried to get it in the boat. This happened again when the biggest one yet broke my line when I tried to get it in the boat. That was very frustrating. So lately I tried to go for them specifically but haven't had any luck. I've tried a few soda bottle jugs with garlic powdered hotdogs but haven't had any luck. I found this site after a while of browsing and finding fishing forums with maybe 3 posts a week. So as you can imagine, I was very pleased to find this bustling forum. Hoping to learn a lot from you guys.