Catfish prefer still water for breeding. Unlike other fish, they like to stay at the bottom of the water body. On an average, a catfish has a body weight of ten to 15 pounds, but some of them can weigh around 50 pounds. So be prepared when you go for catfishing. Catfish is very alert, and is easily distracted by light and sound.
Where to Look for Catfish
Catfish can be found abundantly during the nighttime, so it is advisable to try fishing in the dark. Since catfish are very alert, make sure you do not distract them with light or sound. You should keep many rigs with you when you are out for catfishing. You should try the river bed first; there is a better possibility of catching catfish there.
Let the bait sink to the bottom level of the water body. Slightly move it to the next level, after some time. This way you can slowly move the bait upwards, till you find your catch. Ensure that you do not make any noise that will distract them away from the hook. You can also use many rigs at different levels; this will reduce the time of fishing.
Once your bait is ready, slowly drop in the hook along with the bait, in the direction of the current. Make sure that the string is tight and you can feel unusual movements of the hook. Distinguish between the normal and unusual movements of the hook.
Helpful Tips: Nighttime is best for catfishing, if you want to catch some big, fat fish. Use cut fresh fish as bait. You may also use fish pieces, but avoid the tail parts. Use the head or stomach parts. You may also put some pieces of freshly cut fish in the water around your hook, as this will attract catfish.