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I'm starting to do more fishing lately and wanted to broaden myself to more then just largemouths. I've always been interested in fishing for catfish but really know nothing about it like what type of bait to use, what size hook, what spots in a lake are best fish, and what type of signs to look for. Any advise would be greatly appreciated. Thanks [up]
 

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Catch a couple sunnies,cut them up into chunks about a half inch wide,put them on a size 2 baitholder hook with a split shot or bell sinker.Find a depp pool and fish from an hour before dusk into dark.
 

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i posted the same thing a few months ago, what i have found is 2 things. 1. all that stinkbait at the sport spot is practically useless, go with plain old night crawlers on a bobber about 18 inches down. 2. Night crawlers with whatever type of hook you choose trebel,circle,etc with some decent weight casted out and let sit. Ive had luck from dusk all night long. Just my personal expieriences and whats worked for me, best bet is to experiment and find what works for you and in your area. Good luck!
 

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i like useing live bait on a floating jig head channel cats love this and they taste much better then bull heads i use a slip sinker rig egg or worm wieght a swivel and a three foot leader
 

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I go get the cheapest pack of hotdogs at the supermarket, cut 'em up into 1"chunks, put a chunk on a circle hook about 2' under a bobber. Cast and crack open a cold one... have caught some monsters this way...
 

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i always used hotdogs or chicken gizzerts with a couple of split shots.. pick a nice warm summer night and your golden
 

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the best bait really depends on where your fishing, i know for the delaware river you cant beat fresh herring, shad, or mackeral, but some baits like live minnies, hotdog, nightcrawlers, and chicken livers will work anywhere, i usually use a size 2 regular J hook but circle hooks also work great and i pretty much always fish bottom but bobbers also work on most lakes, i caught 2 little cats yesterday with corn while fishin for carp
 

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I like to use a 3/0 J hook bottom rig. I usually use chicken livers in ponds. If i go in the delaware river or creeks i've had great luck with salted sea clams soaked in shedder oil. They seem to love it.[up] Good luck!
 

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I use a one ounce weight to get the bait out there and i use shrimp and chicken liver. I fish two rods at a time one with shrimp and one with liver and see which one is working better that day. Put the weight on the bottom and tie the hook in about a foot up. The shrimp work great. medium size on a size 2 hook leave the shells on. That's where all the smell comes from apparently. Strike king nightcrawler links work well too. Dead shiners also work well .I have even caught channel cats on live shiners.
 

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Once you throw your line out reel up the slack in the line. then you will know when a fish takes it. Good luck! Be careful with the side fins they are really sharp.
 

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I've used hot dogs, liver, nightcrawlers and even pizza crust. If you use hot dogs don't do what I did and leave them in your tackle box....disgusting after a couple days in the sun. [cry]
 

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like stickey said, liver, nightcrawlers, hot dogs, whatever, it all works...
Ive been landing some huge cats at my brothers at greenwood lake using herring, sunnies, etc.
i catch decent bait, save them in the bait bucket, a few cuts, let the cats catch the oil smell and you're in business!
Ive caught a million bullheads and recently found some real nice channels...
 

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Ponds and lake are different from the river as was already stated. In ponds for bulls I use bobbers and worms or my catfish bait. But have not fished that way in some time. I love the big d and the head of the bay. I use squide or clams ages 2 to 5 days and soaked in oils or chunks of fished aged and stopped for channels.

if from a boat I anchor up current from a hole and let the line roll into the hole where it stops is a good spot I leave a open bail let run then set. if from the bank I use a diger weight toss out and leave on a clicker starts clicking and set then hang on for a dead pull LOL
average seems to be 5 lbs maybe 10 on a a few have pulled in some really nice one though biggest one was maybe arounf 18 to 20 rough est.

Got me thinking Now! july is a good month for wiskers Nights
 

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Went out today for a little less then an hour with my cousin today after doing some scouting on Assunpink WMA. We hit up Stone Tavern Lake and threw out some hotdogs with bobbers on the line. I had something take down my bobber a few times in one spot but I couldnt hook him. Thanks for all the help guys! [up][up][up] I'm going back to try again later on this week.
 

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Pepperoni chunks work well too. One thing I read is keep hot dogs, pepperoni, liver and gizzards frozen. then when you hook them and cast them in they start to thaw. when that happens it releases a burst of amino acids which attract the catfish. I have noticed as the night goes on and whatever in those lines thaws out they don't hit as often or hard.

Pretty much any small fish,crayfish,worms alive or dead will work as well.Some catfish prefer live bait while others prefer dead and stinking .
 

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Fish at Night. Chicken Livers, Hotdogs, Shiners, Nightcrawlers all work well. Fish on the bottom. I used to do really well at Rancocas Creek down in Burlington area.
 
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