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High Plains Outdoors Episode
Fri August 9, 2013
Catfishin: Rig Your Line, Choose Your Bait
Howdy Folks. This week I'm still trying to make Cindee into a fisherman- to be more specific- a catfisher.
Last week we talked about how cats like deeper water this time of year- 22-24 foot deep. If you can find shade over a ledge or cavity, or a creek feeding into the lake, you have a good chance to find catfish.
This week, I'll briefly cover baits and fishing rigs. As far as rigs go, I like to use an 18" leader with a number 4, extra strong, treble hook. You can use a lighter hook, but you'll lose a bunch of fish. I also use a bell weight to get that set up down deep in the water.
Now, to the bait. The first rule is the stinkier the better. A fish is not about sight. Its skin is designed to smell. The second rule is that bait has got to stay on your hook. A loose bait does not do a thing to get a fish in your boat. I prefer punch bait, but old fashioned chicken livers work, and so does a night crawler.
Next time I'll share a secret about bringing the fish to you.