Discussion in 'Hunting & Fishing' started by TechAdmin, Oct 24, 2008.

  1. TechAdmin

    TechAdmin Administrator Staff Member

    Anyone set catfish lines? I've done it a couple of times on a private lake with very poor luck. Curious to know about baits and the best hooks. My line was custom done with some old beef and triple hooks.
  2. Blister

    Blister Active Member

    My uncle sets lines on the ocmulgee river a lot. He just uses chicken liver and #4 catfish hooks. He's brought back fish in excess of 60lbs. The beef would take a long time to disperse enough scent in the water... Livers will put more blood out there for a stronger scent. They come off easy so you'll have some losses but the catch should be better.

    The hooks are just regular barbed hooks around 2" tall.

  3. JeepHammer

    JeepHammer Well-Known Member

    Dean, if you are going to run a 'Trot Line', you will probably need to have your leaders drag the bottom or just above.

    Cat fish don't do surface feeding most of the time.

    Also, try setting your 'trot line' in moving water.
    I never did do very well in still water, but rivers and creeks are often just what the doctor ordered.

    I agree with the chicken parts, livers, gizzards, hearts, necks, old cheese chunks, even grain that has stood in water and swollen up will work.

    I used the strips of flesh off the backs of hides when I was younger with mixed results...
    Deer meat didn't seem to do real well, but coon meat worked fine (not like spoiled chicken livers! the more stinky the better!).
  4. BlackPaladin

    BlackPaladin Enforcer

    You should try that same lake, but with chicken livers that have set out for a bit (ummm), or some of the myriad of catfish bait recipes. Beef is not high on the list of prime catfish baits.
  5. Hollowtipz

    Hollowtipz New Member

    chicken livers work well, but let them sit in the sun for a few days till they get nice an rank
  6. JeepHammer

    JeepHammer Well-Known Member

    Spoiled chicken livers are about a 'RIPE' as you can get!
  7. DuckA

    DuckA Member

    I've caught some nice fish in the Ocmulgee. It was a lot better before they started shocking the flatheads out. I know they were messing up the redbreast population, but they were fun to catch. Good to eat too.
  8. solaceofwinter

    solaceofwinter Guest

    i LOVE to catfish. I can tell you quite a bit. Now ive never done much line setting, mostly just poles.

    What you need is Circle hooks. fair size too.

    Circle hooks WORK. they take a bit of getting used to when pole fishing, if used on a line it wont matter to you. Catfish often take the food in their mouth and swim away with it before consuming it, as they swim away the line of course begins to tighten and the hook, being the shape that it is gets right into the jaw and hooks nearly perfectly each time. Ive used them for years. None of this Jerking to set the hook, tension is all you need. That is why the WORK for trot lines. sharper the better. Ive forgotten the brand i have but have used the ones above. they are laser sharpened and i cant stress enough, they do work.

    Second thing is BAIT. forget livers and all that. what you want is what fish eat in their home waters. Here in KY river fishing in the OHIO shad are great, ive had great luck with bluegill. Im not talking about tiny ones, i used the biggest i could catch. (more on that later) You take your circle hook and set them right behind the back fin. if you have a flashlight hold it behind the bluegill so you can see the spinal chord, you DONT want to hook into this or your fish will be paralyzed. hook into the meaty part of the back not too deep not too shallow. IVe done this with great success. Ive even reeled them back in thrown them in the bucket and used them LIVE again the next week. (i used to have a small pond from lowes i stocked with gill so i could go cattin' whenever)
    Like any other PREDATOR (catfish are predators) they will go for hurt fish, sometimes i would take a knife and just kinda scrape some scales off the fish or cut them just a bit (nothing lethal though) this really makes the bluegills attractive and stressed to the cats. that is what you want.
    My best tips on catching bluegill are simple. get a cheap flyrod. some tiny tiny hooks. white 'poppers' are okay (look like a small octopus with red head white legs' my favorite item are (i cant recall the names) they are like mealworms but white soft bodies like maggots but larger. you can get them at any bait store usually. put those on small hooks. when gill fishing you dont have to throw them way out, no bobbers and all that crap. find a place where there is an old stump or something. you just have to slowly put the bait into the water, let it fall pull it up. often you will get an immediate hit. when you do, just flick your wrist and set the hook you dont have to really pull it or anything. fish on. This is how you do it guys, ive went places where people have been all day, and done this exact stuff and filled a bucket worth of gills in just a bit. often gills are sitting right next to the land, not way out there. ive caught them inches from land. The secret here is that bluegill will attack on instict when something hits the water, they always think its a bug that fell in. my neighbors small pond they will attack blades or grass or anything you just toss in. mimic this and you will catch bait.

    trot lines hook them up on something solid, live bait, set them at dusk pick them up after dusk the next morning. full moons, rising waters are best times for cats.

    guys i could go on and on, if you have specifics on catching catfish let me know.
  9. The_Blob

    The_Blob performing monkey

    I've never set a line for catfish, but the cool, deep waters around most dams are prime areas for BIG cats!

    and yeah, solace, it always amazes me just how aggressive BlueGill are

    I prefer creek chubs to bluegill usually tho, since they are a lot oilier the put out a 'slick' that spreads pretty far
    Last edited: Dec 27, 2008
  10. krock

    krock Member

    i usually catch alot of bluefish in the spring and vacuum seal filets.i tried small pieces for catfish bait and catch huge ones all the time on it.i think it gives off a strong smell and brings them in.the other things is,they bite better at night.
  11. Magus

    Magus Scavenger deluxe

    Catfish lure:
    Ivory soap.
    Rotten chicken livers.
    Potted meat.
  12. ShaiserManelli

    ShaiserManelli Guest

    Is it possible to make a catfish trap with something like a tube that can stretch made of mesh? This way they try to swim in but the barbs on their fins won't bend back to let them back out of it
  13. zerocool

    zerocool Guest

    Catfish eat Ivory Soap?
  14. crosscanadian

    crosscanadian Guest

    Old, rancid, rank chicken livers.....uggghhh!

    Ivory Soap??
  15. outdoor_junkie

    outdoor_junkie New Member

    down here in the spring and summer we run trout lines and limb lines on the rivers and normally build a fire on a sand bar and bank fish and check the lines every couple of hrs in the john boat. i like to use nightcrawlers, crawdads, and shad. only soap ive used for bait was homemade lye or zote brand (can get in any tienda) it works because of the fat content. jug fishing is fun!! we use old coke bottles and milk jugs and paint them on the inside so there eaiser to see.
  16. The_Blob

    The_Blob performing monkey

    I've had much better luck with fresh, raw chicken livers as opposed to rotten ones...
  17. Turkish

    Turkish Guest

    I would like to know more about jug fishing. I wouldn't say I'm a fisherman at all, but I've taken a few stabs at it and plan on getting better at it when I get more time in my old age.

    What steps are taken for jug fishing?
  18. TrailWalker

    TrailWalker Semper Fi

    Hot dogs soaked in red kool-aide.
  19. skip

    skip Old hillbilly

    Wow! I haven't jugged for a long time, but it sure is fun. We used old bleach jugs, but anything will work, as long as it is air tight. We tied about 6' of line and attached the hook, but you can adjust that to your fishing depth. we used worm, doughballs, liver, whatever seemed to be working that night. experiment.

    Throw the jugs out of the boat and watch them carefully. When one starts bobbing up and down. go for it. If the fish is big enough, they may take the jug underwater and hold it there for a few seconds, but it will resurface.