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Catfishing in Ponds

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If you go catfishing in ponds a good amount, you will come across three types of catfish. The first of these is the Channel catfish. When compared with others in terms of size, this type is the smallest and it is also more abundant than others so you are more likely to catch a Channel than other types. The other two types are the Flathead and Blue catfish, and these are larger by far and can also grow to an impressive size. When catfishing in ponds, there are some things that you have to consider first, and here the feeding habits of the catfish comes into focus. For the Channel catfish, the favorite menu is made up of dead fish or insects found on the water surface. Being scavengers, they are well suited for the artificial ponds. Catching them does not pose any problem and they adapt quickly after they have been caught. The Flathead also shares a similar feature with the Channel as they also eat voraciously and catching them is also easy as well. But for the Blue catfish, there are notable differences. They are not easy to locate and they are also more selective when it comes to feeding. Therefore, for catfishing in ponds, the Blue catfish is not the favorite of many. This is due to the amount of energy and exertion that goes into catching them.

There are two techniques that you can make use of for catching catfish in ponds. In a pond that contains a lot of Flathead and Blue catfish, you will be in need of a rod and a reel for bait casting. The spinning reel is also an excellent choice. Because using the hooks with a single end does not guaranty much success, you may have to make use of the treble hook. The treble hook facilitates your catching of the fish.

In catfishing in ponds, another thing that you must bear in mind is the size of the catfish. For the smaller catfish, using a tackle that is very light in weight is a very good idea, and you can use this with one or two rods. To improve your chances and tilt the probability in your favor, you need to use both at the same time. Always ensure that you loosen the drags on the reels whenever you soak the lines, as this allows the fish to hook. Immediately you see a kind of tugging on the drag, seize the opportunity and make sure the rod is tightened until it is taut and the catfish has been captured.

For the patient ones, you will later discover that with bait-soaking, catching the fish is made far easier. Putting pieces of bait in the water to serve as attractants is also another useful idea that you can put into use. If your intention is to catch the real big ones, then the evenings are the best part of the day to do your fishing. The fish tend to be more active at night. Boost your chances with them by making use of baits that smell strongly and chunky too.

Noodling For Flathead – Catfishing – Tips and Techniques Used By Pros

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Picture by bigtncats.com

Flat head catfish are the largest variety of catfish found in the United States. They are extremely popular with fishermen as a game fish all across the United States. This species is also a known invasive species in some parts of United States having known to have depleted the native sunfish and eel populations in some regions.

They have also rid some areas of the native bullhead catfish population and are threatening the bass in some areas as a competing species. If you do not live in the great lakes area, Mississippi basin area, or the Ohio river system area, do not catch and release these fish; instead keep them in the freezer. You will have saved the American eel or the bullhead catfish population with your thoughtful actions. It is also a good idea to tell more people about this problem; this will stop people from introducing these fish in other ecosystems.

These large catfish can grow to be over a hundred pounds and can put up a good fight when you try to haul them into your boats. It is therefore a good idea to carry a monofilament 20 pound test line with you when you go fishing for these monster cats. It is also a good idea to carry crayfish or shrimp for bait. The best kind of bait for flatheads is live sunfish, shad, or goldfish. You will also need Kahle hooks of sizes bigger than 7/0 for these fishes. A medium to heavy action rod is a must.

Flathead catfish are active predators feeding primarily on smaller fish like shad, sunfish, eels and minnows. They usually come out at night to feed. The anglers will have better luck hooking them if they go fishing after hours. Drift fishing with live fish as bait during the night will yield best results. These fish can also be caught during the twilight hours and cloudy days.

They usually hide at the bottom during day time. It is therefore important to weigh the line properly when you go fishing during the day. A 5 oz roll weight will be good. These fish grow up to be considerably bigger than channel cats and blues and can break your rod or line when they are giving you a fight. Expect aching arms and fatigue after a day (or night) fishing for flatheads. These cats make the best trophy fish, so do carry your camera with you, if you plan to catch and release.

Some people also go noodling to snag these fishes. Noodling involves catching the flatheads with your bare hands. Needless to say, noodling is an extreme sport and should be approached with caution. It is a good idea to go with some friends when you go noodling for catfish; they can help you haul in the monster once it has clamped its jaws on your hand.

Always wear mittens when you go noodling; the catfish bite can hurt and its bite has also been known to draw blood.

by George Landrail