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#10832828 - 05/10/15 01:06 PM Light gear for catfish
fish 'till I drop Offline
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Registered: 09/20/08
Posts: 2007
Loc: Austin, TX
Do any of you guys ever fish with light gear/line/hooks to fish for catfish? Just wonder if finesse might work on catfish like it often does with bass.


Edited by fish 'till I drop (05/10/15 01:07 PM)

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#10832841 - 05/10/15 01:13 PM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: fish 'till I drop]
spazm09 Offline
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I sometimes use my crappie gear for channel cats when I'm just wanting a few quick little fish for dinner. But most of the time I target big fish.

I would hate to hook a giant fish and lose it because I'm using small gear.

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#10832903 - 05/10/15 01:43 PM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: fish 'till I drop]
fish 'till I drop Offline
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Thanks for the reply spazm09. Small channel cats were primarily what I was thinking about.

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#10832906 - 05/10/15 01:45 PM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: fish 'till I drop]
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For channels I like the lightest and strongest I can get. Usually use spider wire braid, split shot and #4 or #6 treble and small thil slip cork or tightline whichever works best that day.
Blues are a different story-----bigger is better.
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#10832946 - 05/10/15 02:09 PM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: fish 'till I drop]
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They've got some pretty abrasive teeth. You should probably at least have a heavier leader. But lighter line is good for channels because you need to be able to feel the more subtle bites sometimes.

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#10832968 - 05/10/15 02:19 PM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: fish 'till I drop]
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Muzzlebrake and HeavyhLead, thanks for the feedback. Very helpful.

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#10833012 - 05/10/15 02:41 PM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: Muzzlebrake]
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Originally Posted By: Muzzlebrake
For channels I like the lightest and strongest I can get. Usually use spider wire braid, split shot and #4 or #6 treble and small thil slip cork or tightline whichever works best that day.
Blues are a different story-----bigger is better.
thumbExactly what I use, 10ft rods are a blast
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#10833704 - 05/10/15 07:47 PM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: fish 'till I drop]
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I fish with light tackle for channels 90% of the time! When the wind is very light, I fish with just a #6 treble hook and no lead, using only the punch bait as the weight. when the wind is higher I use a slip cork with a 1/4 oz weight and a #6 treble. All this while using spinning tackle. 6'6 foot medium for corkless, 7+ foot medium for cork, with 6 to 8 lbs mono with a 14 lb mono leader. Loads of fun!

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#10834030 - 05/10/15 09:55 PM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: UltraLite84]
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Originally Posted By: UltraLite84
I fish with light tackle for channels 90% of the time! When the wind is very light, I fish with just a #6 treble hook and no lead, using only the punch bait as the weight. when the wind is higher I use a slip cork with a 1/4 oz weight and a #6 treble. All this while using spinning tackle. 6'6 foot medium for corkless, 7+ foot medium for cork, with 6 to 8 lbs mono with a 14 lb mono leader. Loads of fun!


Sounds like fun techniques. Thanks very much for sharing. Thanks to all who replied. God thread.

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#10834059 - 05/10/15 10:07 PM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: fish 'till I drop]
jason77 Offline
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Lite gear is the best way to fish for any kind of fish..
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#10834093 - 05/10/15 10:20 PM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: jason77]
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Originally Posted By: jason77
Lite gear is the best way to fish for any kind of fish..
Guess ya dont catch many 30# and bigger blues. Whens the last time ya used 10" whole shad for bait with 10 lb test ? Kinda like takin a knife to a gunfight
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#10834408 - 05/11/15 07:04 AM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: fish 'till I drop]
jason77 Offline
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That's because I don't fish for blues every often. I tend to fish for box fish year round. Even when I do I still I still tend to use lighter tackle then most, I just dont use heave tackle. I think most people under estamate what there gear will a handl.


Edited by jason77 (05/11/15 07:13 AM)
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Lovin my Chemdawgs Dawgs Doughbait/ dip bait it's just as good Slip corks got .75 cents . They are the best I have used So far. I have never castes as far with any other cork before

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#10834469 - 05/11/15 07:51 AM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: fish 'till I drop]
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Registered: 09/20/08
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Loc: Austin, TX
Some people love to catch big blues and if that floats your boat,go for it. Personally, I,d rather catch smaller, eating size fish.

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#10834480 - 05/11/15 07:56 AM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: fish 'till I drop]
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I fish for big blues, but what I fish for and what I actually catch are two entirely different things. I usually take my big casting rods out for my shad and I'll throw punch bait out on my medium stuff. Medium with lighter line is fun for catching channels and small blues, and I can keep that stuff in my trunk so if I get a rare opportunity to hit the lake after work I'm already set up and all I have to do is go.

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#10834531 - 05/11/15 08:16 AM Re: Light gear for catfish [Re: fish 'till I drop]
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I have changed from mh pro anglers to mediums. I have found that since I very seldom use over a four ounce sinker, the medium action poles are very efficient. They will handle seventy lb fish but still feel a one lber!!
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