Best Fishing Times and Dates from the Old Farmer's Almanac
I use nightcrawlers for my catfish bait. I grow some of the biggest nightcrawlers in my flower beds, so any time that I'm working in my flower beds or if I'm planning to go fishing soon, I use my little garden tool to rake the wood chips over to the side and use my little spade to dig down into the soil searching for fresh ones. I collect any and all that I find and store them in coffee cans. I wet down newspaper to layer over the top of the soil and keep it damp, then store them in the closet in our basement. (I used to store them in our garage until my curious cat discovered what I was keeping in the cans.) I'm from the old school, and I believe every child should get the chance to experience the simple joys of life that mother nature provides. I started my 3 grandsons from the very beginning, which was digging for nightcrawlers. That was quite a challenge, and it was a struggle not to laugh while the 3 boys were trying to decide who was going to pick up the first worm. Like I said, I grow big ones, so they do look a lot like a snake, and they move fast too! Ha! I had purchased each of the 3 of the boys a short rod and reel, (a Sponge Bob, a Superman, and a misc. one) and one tackle box to share. I took them to a private pond that had a dock to fish off of, and showed them how to bait their hooks with their worm. They weren't too fond of the wiggling creatures, but they got the job done. We were finally ready to cast out. Since they weren't able to cast out very far at first, the only fish they caught were small perch. You would've thought the youngest one had caught a big shark the first time he caught a fish. He forgot all about reeling it in until I reminded him. They were all quite excited when they caught their first big catfish, as they like to put up such a fight. These have been some of the best and most memorable times of both my life and theirs. They still talk about these times and how much fun they've had spending time with me, which warms this old gma's heart so much! We still go fishing together, but not as often since they are all teenagers now. I still use the Sponge Bob pole now and then, and I've caught some big catfish while using it. Lol! I still collect nightcrawlers, and on a good year I'll save them in 5 gallon plastic buckets. I do hate worm juice though, so I usually wear plastic gloves. Lol! I hope someone enjoyed my story. Thank you for allowing me to share it. ~Missouri GMA
To get chicken liver to stay on my hook….I cure them. Get them as dry as you can, then sit them in a bag of salt. The livers toughen up. Whatever structure I’m fishing for cats, I am (8-10) inches off the bottom. TIGHT LINES!!
Kenny Martin down here in Madison county Georgia on broad River we take the fishing net sane get in the creek and sane for go devil's stretcher worms that's the best for the river as far as lakes my granny Marty booth used chicken liver never come home without two stringers of fish never as in the ponds and I've been to some ponds with her where they only bite dough balls I've also seen my Uncle Junior go to the river when they wouldn't bite nobody catching no fish midsummer for months nobody catching in he got a certain part of the river certain Rock go out there and let it wash up under that Rock get a mess cat fish every time Cal James c booth and Marty Scarborough booth we would have all starve to death y'all held a empire together and when y'all died it all crumbled up little pieces and fail Kenny Martin
These flathead ,channel cat & White river aka (hump back) here in Tallahatchie, County which is located about 100 miles south of Memphis,TN like Polly wad about 5 to 8 inches long another name for them are mud cat! You can catch some pretty good size fish with them!
I dont care what you say the best thing to do is buy a throw net learn online how to throw it properly and catch the bait the catfish in your area are already feeding on and use it as cut bait or whole live on limb lines. In my neck of the woods its shad, and what i am going to tell you next is the single most important thing of the whole paragraph. When using shad for cut bait the shad must be alive when you cut it i repeat the shad must be alive when you cut it and put it on your hook. If your shad die throw them out and go catch more. When shad die they secrete some type of oil that turn the fish off sure the little ones might bite it but if you want to catch them hogs they will not touch it if it's dead before you cut it. they must be alive so you can't go to the bait shop and buy the Frozen shad and expect those forty pound blue to bite. They to have to be alive when you cut them I can't stress this enough those of you who pay attention to this or about to be extremely rewarded in your catfishing to come. good days on the water to all. One more thing if one is dead throw him out, dont leave him in with the others and invest in some of that blue water stuff for bait fish.
Best fish bait for cats i have found is shad gizzard with rod and reel crawldads with throw or trot lines
Channel cats will eat pretty much anything as long as you're in the rite spot and time of day/night. I only use two types of baits, cut bait (chubs and bluegills) and raw shrimp. Don't get the pink shrimp confused with raw, get the raw!