how to eat a catfish
When the lilacs bloom and the earthworms wriggle from the soil, it’s time to hit the river in pursuit of catfish.
it is a heavy, oily delectable flavor
reminiscent of the water it’s taken from. The more still and muddy the water, the grittier the taste. Clear and moving water rinses them out.
04/01/17 - 11/30/17
Where do I find catfish waters?
Where do I locate catfish in those waters?
What bait or lures should I use?
How do I rig those lures?
How do I cast and present the lure?
How do I fight and land this fish?
How do handle a fish like this?
How do I clean and filet a catfish?
HOW TO BE THE CATFISH
ROD & REEL
You can make most rod/reels work for average eating size channel cats of 3-5 pounds. Fishing calmer lakes? A graphite spinner offers heightened sensitivity. High flow on the river? A bait cast glass offers strength and control.
If there is a chance for large cats and you’re fishing water with challenging debris, it would be worth spooling on a braided line up to 50lb test. 25 - 30 lb test monofilament for leaders.
Try a variety of cut bait, fathead minnows, dip bait and night crawlers. Stinkier the better.
Must haves for tying catfish slip sinker rigs include barrel swivels size 1 or 3, #4/#6 treble hooks, #4/#5 circle hooks and egg or no roll sinkers.
A stowable size landing net strikes a solid balance between capacity and portability.
An optimum bass knife is 7.5 inches, will bend an inch or so when flexed and has an easy to clean plastic or rubber handle.
Pick up a poly stringer from your local shop.
Catfish are difficult to flesh. This skinning tool greatly eases the process and saves meat lost on attempted filets.
River rat bucket hat. Bonus points if it’s made from straw.
A great all-around pair of fishing glasses includes the superior clarity of glass lenses with polarized, color-blocking technology that expose the presence of fish beneath the surface.
Tanks on the banks!
Synthetic or wool briefs that wick moisture and prevent odor
Find a pair of durable, quick drying, stain resistant shorts with reinforced pockets.
A hybrid sandal-water shoe with excellent traction allows optimal amphibious mobility.