What does a catfish bite like? I was thinking, you just leave the rod out there and fish will do the rest. Hook it itself and you just reel in. do you have to anticipate the rod movement and hold it when you think fish initially hit your bait? Is there significant chance that you will come up with empty hook if you don't react in timely manner? if that's the case, when do you jerk your rod, as soon as you feel something is hitting?