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The Secrets of Master Catfishermen

Day 5: Using Set Poles, Limb Lines and Rods and Reels for Success with 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 ViewBy tying a line with a hook and bait to the limb of an overhanging tree or bush, an angler can fish a large area with a small amount of tackle. To improve your chances of taking cats with limb lines:
* Be sure the limb you tie your line to is green and not brittle. A nice-sized cat can put pressure on a limb. The branch should bend and not break under that pressure.
* Set-out your lines at different depths to determine where the catfish are located. A shaking bush usually means a catfish dinner. Set poles are similar to limb lines, except a set pole is a small limb or a river cane that’s been stuck into the soft earth of the bank and baited. The key to remember with this method is to position the pole, so when the catfish takes the bait, the pole will bend and not pull out from the bank.

Click for Larger ViewRod and Reel: Catfish pattern like bass. Change your area depth, bait and bottom structure, until you find where the cats are holding. After you’ve caught a few catfish out of a spot, and the cats stop biting, go hunting the same conditions that have proven successful that day in another part of the lake. Too, you often can return later to your original spot and catch more cats.

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 5