With all the new water that flooded the rivers and other water sources this year, CatDaddy says that there are plenty of new haunts to explore and hang lines over. The catfish they are hooking on these lines are big - a 66 pound blue catfish, 72-pound flathead and a lot of other 25-35 pound flatheads. It makes for a really exciting day on the water, he says, especially for people who have never had the opportunity to see or catch catfish of this size. As a guide, CatDaddy says it’s a great feeling to be able to put clients on big fish.
When setting up his limb lines and log lines, CatDaddy says that he is using 7-strand 550 paracord, 1500-pound hoop net swivels and 16/0 Circle Sea Eagle Claw hooks. If you want to catch big catfish, you have to start with heavy equipment. On the retrieve of these lines, CatDaddy says it’s important to grab the paracord and bring it up easy to begin with. Once you see the mouth open as the catfish hits the surface of the water, that’s when you want to be ready to dive in with your hand. Flatheads have a bottom lip that makes them easier to grab, however, CatDaddy says blue cats are a little trickier. When blue cats chomp down on your arm it can hurt, he says, it’s like a vise-grip that gets tighter and tighter. The 66-pound catfish he hooked earlier this week left him with some cuts and scrapes as it put up a fight being hauled from the water. Battle wounds aside, CatDaddy says there is nothing like grabbing a big catfish and plucking it from the water.
Be sure to listen in this week as CatDaddy talks cool water river limb lining and log lining for catfish. If you want to get out on the water with CatDaddy and experience some fantastic catfishing, be sure to look him up and drop him a line at www.CatdaddyGuideServices.com or find him on Facebook.
Hook ‘em in the mouth,