Tips & Techniques

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by kennylee, Sep 19, 2008.

  1. kennylee

    kennylee New Member

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    Without repeating a tip or technique already posted on this thread; What is the one tip or technique you would give that would help make someone a better/more productive cat fishermen?

    My tip is; buy and learn how to use a casting net. Fresh shad and or fresh bait is the ticket to catching cats on the waters I fish in MO. & IL.
     
  2. ncfowler

    ncfowler Well-Known Member

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    You can have all the best equipment and high dollar boats, with all the gadgets one can get on that boat, But untill you get to know the waters your fishing and the cycles on that water your just shooting blanks in the dark, Ok you may get luckey and hit on some good spots or luck into a school, Outside of the structure and hold spots where do you find the cats that no one else know about, this is where doing some investagation of the lakes and sterams is needed, Only once you get out and do your home work you can become constantly prodctive.
     

  3. catoon

    catoon Board Clown!

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    get to know your fish next after your waters study how they feed where they feed and when and listen to the peole here the best catfishing site around
     
  4. BobbyLee

    BobbyLee New Member

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    I agree with Jeff; Knowing your waters and the fish cycles is a big plus. Only other tip I can offer is; Reading all the informative articles you can find, and then applying what you've learned on the water's you are fishing... Knowledge is everything...
     
  5. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

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    Buy good electronics and learn to read them. Spend lots of time on the water. Don't be afraid to try different baits.
     
  6. Steve Douglas

    Steve Douglas Well-Known Member Supporting Member

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    the most productive tip i could give? and a tip i generally live by in catfishing.(is keep it simple!) and you will catch more fish!
     
  7. nitronostrils

    nitronostrils New Member

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    Monitor the weather fronts, moon phases.
     
  8. dafin

    dafin New Member

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    Don't get hooked on one method of fishing.Watch the bait fish they will tell you where the catfish are feeding. learn to read the water if fishing in a river
    the best time to fish is when you have time to go.
    Flathead catfish can be caught in places that others seldom fish . they also travel further to feed than most think.
     
  9. Biluecat

    Biluecat New Member

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    Fish don't eat at restraunts so why do fishermen buy bait? they eat whats in the waters you fish!! I agree with buying a net, bait is the key!!!

    Always check your line for wear before you cast... ya never know when the "big boy" is gonna strike, so be prepared!!:eek:oooh:
     
  10. Pastor E

    Pastor E New Member

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    Don't be to hard headed to take advise from other fishermen young and old
     
  11. germanmudfish

    germanmudfish New Member

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    Get out and fish. The more time you spend on the water, the more opportunity you have to learn. Also, talk to the local fisherman and see what they have to say.
     
  12. mrmarkedwards

    mrmarkedwards Active Member

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    here's one take an am radio with you and kepp it on. if there is an approaching thunderstorm you can hear the lightning as interference and if you know where the signal is then you'd know whether its approaching you or not.
     
  13. jolie

    jolie New Member

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    from a newbie on less than prime catfish waters...

    persevere and don't give up... catfish do not come easy in my part of the world. the challenge is part of the appeal. Keep good notes and keep changing things from time to time (technique, bait, spots)..

    myself, I figure I've given myself about three years. With constant experimentation of baits/spots/and techniques and consistant effort my goal is to regularly catch catfish by the 2011.

    I like this thread.
     
  14. Flatheadhunter33

    Flatheadhunter33 New Member

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    Catmatt gave some tips a while back in one of his threads that I have been using and it has really helped me out alot for flatheads. Move your bait every 20 minutes or so...I move mine about a foot or so until I have to re-cast. A few times I have gotten bites as I was moving the bait!
     
  15. Trevor1

    Trevor1 New Member

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    I'd say a decent depth/fish finder is a handy piece of equipment to have if you want to catch fish, these things are your eyes under the water.
     
  16. whisker maniac

    whisker maniac New Member

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    Fish with as many rods as you legally can or are able to keep a close eye on. Rig each one differently and use several different kinds of bait. You never know what the big cat is hungry for that day.
     
  17. Bill in SC

    Bill in SC New Member

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    THE best advice to give to a newbie catter is to join the BOC! The wealth of information listed here is INVALUABLE! My personal advice echos germanmudfish. Get on the water AS MUCH AS POSSIBLE. I see many weekend newbies come and go. They go a time or two with NO success, and give up. There is NO substitute for on the job training!
    Bill in SC
     
  18. Cheez

    Cheez New Member

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    Do all the suggestions made on this thread. Like Ronnie said here and I will also add, there is absolutely no substitute for time on the water.
     
  19. River Hobo

    River Hobo New Member

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    Bigger Fish :tounge_out:
     
  20. colten

    colten Member

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    I have learned so much on making baits from the BOC. Don't be afraid to take along more than one kind of bait with you when you go fishing. Sometimes they may want soomething different that day.