how to eat a catfish

Harvest Season

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. 

 

Fried,

Smoked, 

Always Open

Channels

Flatheads

04/01/17 - 11/30/17

1. Did You Harvest?

a photo of your harvest in the field!

 

The RecipeS:

2. Did You Eat?

a photo of your meal!

 

The RecipeS:

FIELD NOTES

 

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How do I identify catfish species?
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?

The

HOW TO BE THE CATFISH

 

The RecipeS:

GEAR GUIDE

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.

LINE

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.

BAIT

Try a variety of cut bait, fathead minnows, dip bait and night crawlers. Stinkier the better. 

TERMINAL TACKLE

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. 

NET

A stowable size landing net strikes a solid balance between capacity and portability. 

FILLET KNIFE

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.

STRINGER

Pick up a poly stringer from your local shop. 

SKINNING PLIERS

Catfish are difficult to flesh. This skinning tool greatly eases the process and saves meat lost on attempted filets.  

Equipment

HEAD 

River rat bucket hat. Bonus points if it’s made from straw.

SUNGLASSES

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.

SHIRT

Tanks on the banks!

UNDERWEAR

Synthetic or wool briefs that wick moisture and prevent odor

SHORTS

Find a pair of durable, quick drying, stain resistant shorts with reinforced pockets.

FOOTWEAR

A hybrid sandal-water shoe with excellent traction allows optimal amphibious mobility.

Apparel

COMPLETE A CATFISH HARVEST?

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1. Did You Harvest?

2. Did You Eat?

3. Repeat!

You harvested a natural food source from your local environment. That's awesome. 

It's an honest, well earned meal. Proceeds from that license you bought will protect and sustain more acres of habitat for future animals. 

You deserve a reward. Maybe one day, after you submit photos of your hunt and harvest, you'll receive a catfish token, that unlocks merchandise exclusive to those are one with the catfish. That day is not today. But you're excited even without the incentive, you say?! Well, submit and share your bounty anyways! 

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