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What Is Skinny Water? Why Should You Fish It?

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Skinny water fishing is some of my favorite fishing. I spent much of the time I fish for channel catfish focusing on skinny water and some of my favorite blue catfish action of the year takes place in skinny water. I made a reference to skinny water fishing a few weeks ago and immediately started […]

The Fish Finder Rig: Good Or Bad? It Depends!

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I remember as a kid we constantly had a big stack of these rigs laying around that we would buy at the local bait shop. We’d buy the single rigs (similar to a three way rig, but already tied) and the double rigs or “fish finder rigs” with two leaders and two hooks. If we […]

Zero Rig: The No Leader Rig For Sniping Catfish

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Years ago I started using what I call a “zero rig” for catfishing. The zero rig is another of the catfish rigs that is not something you’ll use day in and day out like the slip sinker rig or santee rig. It’s more of a “tactical” rig for some specific situations and presentations and situations. The […]

Baiting A Hook With Whole Shad


Whole shad is what I have often referred to as blue catfish candy. Small one to four inch threadfin shad are plentiful in most bodies of water and are easy to catch assuming have a cast net and know how to throw a cast net. I covered the steps the other day on how to […]

Catching Catfish With A Trotline, How To Set A Trotline


I’ve bounced around a bit here lately and covered some basics on trotlines including trotline fishing basics, ethical fishing with setlines and how to make a trotline.  This will likely be the last time I talk about catfishing with trotlines, at least for a good while. I wanted to cover some more information because it […]

5 Rookie Catfishing Mistakes You Don’t Want To Make


#1 – Obsessing Over Catfish Gear One of the critical errors I see people make that are new to catfishing or just getting started being serious with catfishing is they obsess over gear. There seems to be this major concern that they don’t have the right “stuff” or don’t have enough “stuff” and they start […]

Match The Hatch To Catch More Catfish

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I’ve used the term “match the hatch” in several articles, catfishing videos and several episodes of the Catfishing Radio podcast and never considered the fact that not everyone knows what that means. I received a message through the the other day from someone asking what that meant and realized I needed to “backtrack” and explain. This […]

Best Time To Catch Flathead Catfish [CQT]

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I haven’t talked a lot about flathead catfish here on the in the past. I have covered some basic tips, tricks and information but haven’t gone into near the detail that I have on blue catfish and channel catfish. With the Learn To Catch Catfish survey running and receiving the initial round of responses one […]

How To Make A Trotline

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There was a time in my life years ago that I spend the majority of my time fishing for catfish with trotlines. It didn’t matter if I was after channel catfish, blue catfish or flathead catfish I loved building trotlines, I loved setting them and I loved fishing with them. Eventually I ditched my trotlines for rod and reel fishing and jug […]

Soured Wheat Catfish Chum – How To Make It

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I have been writing a number of articles about punch bait and wrote the other day about what chum is as well as the difference between chumming and baiting a hole. If you have decided you want to start chumming and you want to make some soured wheat catfish chum there is a pretty simple […]

Best Time To Catch Blue Catfish [CQT]


Whether your target catfish species is blue catfish or channel catfish our goal is to provide you with the information you need to be more successful out on the water. In last week’s Catfishing Quick Tip video I covered the best time to catch channel catfish and some of my thoughts on targeting summer channel […]

Best Time To Catch Channel Catfish

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  One of the questions I get asked most often is when is the best time to catch catfish and what are the best catfish baits? People have tendency to lump all three species of cats into one pool and really generalize these kinds of questions and lumping blues, flatheads and channels all into one […]