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The Secrets of Master Catfishermen

Day 2: Fishing Swift-Moving Water for Catfish

Editor’s Note: Successful catfish catchers know where the cats are, what they want to eat, and which method of angling will put the catfish on their tables.

Click for Larger ViewDepth checking and pattern fishing like Allen O’Dell does (see Day 1) also can work for the jug catfisherman. By putting-out jugs with short lines and long lines, an angler soon can determine which jugs are getting the most action and re-rig his containers to hold the baits at the optimum depth. Not only is learning to fish depths critical to catching cats, but knowing where the catfish like to be in swift water is another cat-catching key.

Click for Larger ViewOne summer, my family and I knew there were cats in the swift-moving creek where we were camping. But after fishing an entire day in varying depths with different baits, we still had only two catfish to show for our efforts – not much for our family to eat that evening. On a reconnaissance trip I’d made earlier downstream, I located a large boulder midstream. Click for Larger ViewThe water washed-around the rock, leaving a pool on the backside. Because this spot was the only place we hadn’t tried, we decided to test the pool with our rods, reels and red worms. We found catfish stacked behind that rock like cordwood, and each cast brought a cat to the shore. In a short time, we had all the catfish we wanted to clean for supper. Catfish aren’t usually current fighters. They prefer to stay just off the current, swim-out in the current to grab food and then return to the sanctuary of the slower-moving water.

Tomorrow: What Catfish Like to Eat

Check back each day this week for more about "The Secrets of Master Catfishermen "

Day 1: Allen O’Dell’s Game Plan for Successful Catfishing
Day 2: Fishing Swift-Moving Water for Catfish
Day 3: What Catfish Like to Eat
Day 4: Trotlining and Jugging for Catfish
Day 5: Using Set Poles, Limb Lines and Rods and Reels for Success with Catfish

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Entry 613, Day 2