Flathead catfishing


From the many species of catfish that exist worldwide, only three of them are located in ponds. From the three, only the Channel catfish is smaller in size, making it harder to locate and catch. The other two, the Flathead catfish and the Blue catfish, may grow to incredible sizes. This makes it easier for the noodlers to locate the fish and try to catch it. However, those who practice noodling as a sport should be very careful, since larger fish can pull them underwater.

The Channel catfish is mostly popular in managed ponds, because of its scavenger diet. This type of fish feeds by picking bugs on the surface of the water or eating dead fish. They are very easy to catch and individuals easily survive a catch and release. Flathead catfish would eat anything, therefore there is no difficulty in making them go after your hand or after a bait. However, the Blue catfish is the hardest fish to catch. This type of fish prefers small, young fish, so noodling for Blue catfish may prove to be quite a challenge.

Although noodling for catfish has become a popular sport, some people prefer the rod and reel when catfishing in ponds instead of sticking their hand in a fish’s mouth, grabbing it and pulling it out of the water. Therefore, if you are not going to use your own hand as a lure, you will need various types of bait depending on which type of catfish you are trying to catch.

Out of the many types of equipment that you can use for fishing, there are two main recommended types of gear that you can use for catfishing in ponds. A medium action rod with a spinning reel is highly recommended for fishing in a pond with a large variety of catfish. Treble hooks are better because of their design. A catfish is very skilled at stealing the bait off single point hooks. The design of the treble hook does not allow that to happen: once the catfish bites, it can no longer run away from the hook.

It is also recommended to have more than one line soaking at the same time. This will increase your chances of catching something. Make sure your reels are loose in order to allow the fish to run away with the bait and hook itself in the process. You can try tossing corn flakes or dog food into the water in order to bring the catfish closer to your location. Once it is there, there are better chances for it to bite on the hook. If you are experienced angler you can also try fishing at night for an increased chance to catch bigger fish.

To sum it up, catfishing in ponds is an extraordinary way to relax and not think about your problems at work. It is also great sport. Whether you choose noodling or traditional rod and reel fishing, you will definitely enjoyed the experience.

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