Sirjet, hooking and being pulled around is not as scary as trying to land a big fish from a tube. Catfish spines can puncture you or the tube, same if you catch a big stiper or red on a lure with treble hooks. I usually work myself away from them sharp points until they tire out, and use a lip gripper at arms length, then cut off the spines if they will go on a stringer. Some big ones have taken me 30 minutes, so that cuts into catching others. I sometimes use a rigged up a stick that tangles the hook (takes less space than a telescopic net), to help shorten that landing time.
Edited by porta (12/28/16 08:04 PM)