The brutal late winter/early spring weather – heavy snow, rain and flooding – has had its impact on fishing. CatDaddy says that the waters he fishes, both lakes and rivers are way up. The Missouri and the Mississippi Rivers are both overflowing and with high water comes new territory for the catfish and new challenges for the anglers. In many cases the catfish are no longer in their regular haunts. The influx of water, in some areas up 40 inches, can make it more difficult to target the cats. In order to do so, CatDaddy says you need to have the right bait to speak to them. “The funkier the better, nastier than ever, something really stinky,” CatDaddy says. You need something with a very strong smell and taste to draw them in. His personal choice is old shad sides that have been laying out in the sun for an hour or more until the oils start to come out and the smell gets a little rank. He also uses the guts, setting them out and letting them firm up a bit before putting them on a hook and letting the cats have at them. He has been using that concoction with much success on these high waters.
Catfishing is unique in that you never really know what is going to hit your line, a 7-pound channel cat or a 70-pound channel cat. Because of the vast difference in weight, anglers have to be prepared with the proper tackle to handle either scenario. CatDaddy says the new Smart Connect Reel from TackoBox works on every species of fish out there and with alarms, notifications and alerts this reel ensures you won’t miss any strikes and will make you a better angler. CatDaddy says that as a guide he often works with those who are new to fishing, people who aren’t very familiar with identifying when they have a fish on the line. This helps him make sure people don’t miss opportunities. The bite alert technology does exactly what it says, sounds the alarm when there is action on the end of your line.
Get out this spring and summer and experience some fantastic fishing action with a seasoned pro, a catfishing whisperer. Look CatDaddy up online at CatDaddyGuideServices.com to book a trip with him.
Keep it stinky,