Monday, March 2, 2015

What are the Best Baits for Catfish

One of the many reasons people catfish is because its really simple.  All you have to do is bait a line and wait until the pole bends.  The only problem is figuring out the best baits to use.  Basically, different types of catfish will eat different things and we will talk about the channel, flathead, and blue catfish and what they like to eat.

Channel Catfish

Channel catfish are probably the easiest species of catfish to catch because unlike the flatheads and blues, they will bite on just about anything oil or stinky.  The most common baits that people use to catch channel cats are minnows, worms, chicken liver, cut bait, shrimp, hot dogs, and stink bait.  Personally, I almost always use stink bait when I'm fishing for channel cats because the smell drives them nuts.  The only problem with stink bait is that it is messy and most of the time the catfish will inhale the hook so you may have to cut the lead and sting on a new hook.

Flathead Catfish

Flathead catfish are almost always caught at night.  They like to feed at night and very seldom feed during the day (although they have been caught during the day).  When fishing for flatheads, I usually will use live bait fish.  usually bream or bluegill will do nicely just make sure that you're allowed to use them as bait in your state.  Large pieces of cut bait also work very well for flatheads.

Blue Catfish

Blue catfish are my favorite because they fight harder and most of the time are my biggest catch.  Blue catfish usually bite on live bait and large pieces of cut bait.  Make sure the cut bait is an oily based fish for best results. Always use heavier rods and reels when fishing for blues because most of the time you will catch some big ones. 

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