4 Weird Baits That Catch Catfish

Thursday, July 31 2014 3:00 pm - for Catfishing
Old "Mr. Whiskers" is one of America's favorite fish, both in terms of angling quality and cuisine. They are prolific and can be caught all across the country. And few fish can match the delicate flavor of a firm catfish filet. All species of catfish can be caught on a variety of baits ranging from goldfish to rotten chicken carcasses. Large earthworms are a favorite bait in many regions. However, if you get caught short of bait, look in your refrigerator or bathroom. Or, if you are outside, look for a couple of plants that can provide bait. Try these…
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    Walleye rivers of all sorts feature piers, vertical structures where walleyes collect during the summer months. Bridge piers, which often funnel the river's current, are the most common. Typically depressions are formed at the base of bridge piers during high water events; woody snags also wrap around the structures. It's common on larger, navigable rivers for sections of riverbank — particularly near industrial sites — to be stabilized by way of corrugated steel walls. In some instances shore anglers can gain access to such spots. Add to this the many fishing piers that exist in combination with hydro-electric stations on…
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Wet flies — and the use of them — have become somewhat of a lost art in the realm of fly fishing for trout. Which is unfortunate, as wet flies are both easy to fish and productive. So when my friend Mark mentioned to me that he'd had a good day on a well-known central Pennsylvania trout stream while "swinging" soft hackle wet flies, I convinced him he should make a return visit, with me along. Why Wet Flies? Soft hackle wet flies are an example of simplicity, often no more than a subtle body tied of silk, with a light wrap…
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Biologists in state fisheries agencies have stated that underutilized catfish populations exist in smaller creeks and rivers from Virginia to Texas. Catfish can live in any water but cold streams at high elevations. These fish are adaptable to a broad range of current and turbidity conditions, thus their abundance. Also, they are extremely hardy, and they will eat virtually anything organic.   Smaller creeks and rivers from Virginia to Tennessee are thriving with catfish. Joe B. Sweeney of Lobelville, Tenn., should have a business card that says "river rat, specializing in catching catfish." The retired angler spends his days on…
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No gas? No boat? No problem! Fuel prices or the lack of a walleye rig shouldn't limit your opportunities for catching summertime 'eyes. Swap petro for boot leather to take advantage of lightly pressured flowing water walleye options — all available on foot.   Bar-Hopping     Shore-bound anglers can enjoy successful walleye fishing by keying in on several specific patterns on rivers and large streams. Rock/gravel/sand bars, typically formed where a feeder creek joins a medium- to large-size river, draw walleyes year 'round. Feeder creeks attract baitfish throughout the seasons — even in the 70-plus-degree waters of summer — and the…
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Wade fishing is about as fun as it gets on a hot summer day. It allows an angler to enjoyably get wet at the same time. The Ozarks is full of wade fishing opportunities. The following considerations will help make your first trip safe, fun and productive. Wade fishing in an Ozark stream is a fun and wet way to spend a summer time day. SAFETY FIRST - Safety issues must be paramount in every outdoor excursion, especially when trying something new. While wade fishing, keep the following in mind. Wear a life jacket, period. Many Ozark streams are quite…
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If you're wanting to include fly fishing for farm pond trout in your summer plans, there are a few things you'll need to know. Rainbow trout are raised in hatcheries and fish runs for the stocking of public waters more than other mountain trout species. It takes cold water to sustain rainbow trout, like at the farm ponds located in higher elevations associated with mountain ranges like the Appalachians or the Ozarks. Many private ponds practice catch and release fishing to ensure that big fish are part of the fly fishing fun. Timing is Everything The summer sun can really…
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Smaller rivers and large creeks often harbor excellent smallmouth bass populations. Because these places require extra effort to get to, these populations often see fairly light fishing pressure. Such places are the home of the angler with a shallow water jet boat, kayak or waders, depending on the size of the water in question.   Chances are there's some good summertime smallmouth bass fishing in a flowing water near you. Here are some ways of catching those bronze batters during the summer and early fall.   Get on the Water Early During those clear, stable-weather nights of mid-summer river valleys often fill…
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The mercury in the thermometer has swollen to nearly reach the 100-degree mark, and the sun is bearing down unmercifully as you stand by the river's edge. Your annual fly-fishing vacation is underway, but you're faced with high heat, mandatory stream closures by the state's fish department and uncooperative trout. Even more discouraging, you've driven half-way across America to go fly fishing. Now what do you do?   When temperatures rise, state fish departments take quick action to protect trout so have a backup plan if you plan a trip during the heat of the summer. There are several ways…
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Squirrel hunting is not the national past time it once was, but it is a fun way to sharpen shooting and hunting skills well before the deluge of fall hunting seasons arrive. With the right plan, you can score heavily on summertime squirrels. 1. Hunt Early Squirrels are most active in the cooler hours of the summer day. Public domain photo The heat of summer forces squirrel hunters to get out before daylight. Squirrels spend bout 16 hours a day sleeping. They, too, will be most active in the cooler hours of the summer day. Get set in a favorite…
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