The catfishing action is on, but it's not super strong, according to CatDaddy, owner and guide at CatDaddy's Catfishing Adventures. The fish are slowing down right now, but the warm sun will bring them up in the flat areas. If you want to catch a limit, CatDaddy suggests heading out mid-morning to those flat areas as the sun warms the water which will provide a good bite for about 4 to 5 hours.
Once you catch your fish, assuming you aren't releasing them back into the drink, what's the best way to prepare them for cooking? CatDaddy says he prefers to fillet his catfish, cutting off any of the fat and then they can go directly in the pan. However, he notes that many people like to simply cut the head off, pull the skin off with pliers and then cook the body whole. Some will claim that the whole body method results in a better tasting fish, but CatDaddy disagrees noting that he can't taste the difference. With filleting, you don't have to worry about the bones and the whole fish method requires you to pick them out as you eat. It's a personal preference, he says, and his is to fillet his fish before they hit the pan. More than just the fillet is edible on your catfish, CatDaddy also talks about deep frying fish tails for a crispy, chip like treat and also how to cook the delicious belly meat of larger catfish.