John's Journal... Entry 247, Day 2
CATS ON THE ROCKS
How To Rig To Catch Cats On The Rocks
Editor's Note: Although you can catch channel catfish around rock walls, riprap, rocky bluffs and almost anywhere you find rock cover in shallow water, from now until the end of June, the channel cats will be spawning in many areas of the South. Phil King, of Corinth, Mississippi, one of the nation's top competitive catfishermen, has a string of catfish-tournament wins that will embarrass a show pony. Before King fished in catfish tournaments, he was a commercial catfisherman, feeding his family with his knowledge of where, when and how to find and catch cats. This week, King tells us where and how to catch cats on the rocks with Strike King's new Catfish Dynamite, Catfish Dip Bait, Catfish Bites and Catfish Dynamite Dough.
Phil, tell us the equipment you use for catching cats on the rocks.
I also carry with me Wipe-All Wipers and waterless hand wipes to get the catfish slime and the bait smell off my hands while I fish. You'll have to grab the cats and take the hooks out of their mouths, and your hands will get really slimy. You'll need some kind of towel or wipe to keep your hands clean. Also, if you'll wipe and dry off your hooks with sponges that you use for dip baits before you dip them in Catfish Dip Bait, the dip will adhere to the bait much better and longer than if you don't dry the bait off before you dip it. If you'll dry the tube on your dip bait hook each time before you use the dip bait, your dip bait will be more effective, and you'll catch more cats. Often, within an hour or two the towel will become nasty and slimy, but by using a towel tab with the Wipe Alls, when the Wipe All gets nasty you can just take it off, put it in a trash bag, put on a new one and you're ready to fish. Clean hands and clean bait ensures you can hold the cats and not get finned, get the hook out of the cat's mouth easier and more safely and make your dip baits more effective.
Question: Why are you using a circle hook?
How do you fish the circle hook?
If you'd like more information about Phil King, how he fishes, where he fishes, how he can clean a catfish in 11 seconds, and some great recipes for catfish, call (662) 286-8644 or go to www.h2ow.com/catfish/. To learn more about fishing below the dam at Pickwick, contact the Hardin County Convention and Visitor’s Bureau at firstname.lastname@example.org, call 731-925-8181 or 800-552-3866, or visit www.tourhardincounty.org. Pickwick Landing State Park offers fishing, boating, hiking, camping, swimming and golf. Lodging includes the lakeside inn with over 100 rooms, cabins that sleep eight and a campground that contains 48 sites with grill and electric/water hookup at each site. A restaurant at the park offers delicious southern cuisine. Call 731-689-3135 or 800-250-8615 to learn more.
TOMORROW: DON'T ANCHOR DOWN WHEN FISHING FOR CATS ON THE ROCKS