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Best way to get started catfishing? #12850344
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I want to get started catfishing but don’t have any gear or spots. Pay day is Friday and I want to be fishing by fri night... any help?

Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: sdgull] #12850353
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Channel cats or Big Blues? Bank or Boat.? What area.?
Going on a Guide trip is a Quick lesson........

Bass Combos will work for channel cats........ Big Blues there’s multiple options depending on Budget.......
Winter Time is Prime Time for Big Fish.

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Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: sdgull] #12850359
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Book a trip with Gravely - he’ll school ya.

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Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: sdgull] #12850411
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Are you fishing from the bank or from a boat, kayak, canoe?


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Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: sdgull] #12850457
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A stocked pond might be a good start. Get a cheap ugly stick combo & rig punch/dip bait or night crawlers.

Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: BankAngler81] #12850578
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Originally Posted By: BankAngler81
A stocked pond might be a good start. Get a cheap ugly stick combo & rig punch/dip bait or night crawlers.

This^^^
Start with channel cats and work your way up. Hire a guide to show you the ropes and ramp you up. Get friendly with guys on the forum and don’t be afraid to ask people questions. anyone who is consistently good at catfishing has learned from someone else or had someone mentor them. Find some likeminded fisherman that fish your lake and start building fishing contacts. There are a million ways to skin a cat and every catfisherman I have ever met does things different then the next. Most importantly, get out there and chase em as often as you can! I will give you forwarning that Catfish Fever is highly contagious and very difficult to get rid of. Luckily it’s a easy to treat the symptoms of the fever by going catfishing. Good luck and let the journey begin!! texas


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Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: sdgull] #12850615
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About any rod and reel will get ya started. Zebcos have reeled in a lot of cats. Start with a good stinkbait for Channelcat under a slip cork or Carolina rig. Through out some 20%!range cubes to chum them in. Fish with the wind in your face.
Learn to throw a cast net to get fresh shad. Use a santee Cooper,three way or Carolina rig. A quick google search will show them to ya.


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Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: sdgull] #12850722
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Boat or Bank is the biggest question here.

As far as gear, just about anything will work but I do have suggestions. The $20-$30 bigger spinning combos will get ya started just don't expect them to last you very long. Personally, I use heavy braided line. Wouldn't go any smaller than 20lbs test.

Get 1oz egg weights, swivels, 4-6 ott circle hooks and big cigar floats. Set up a santee cooper rig.



Cast net for shad and bluegill, maybe a carp/buffalo/drum for cutbait. Choose your hook size and bait size based on what size fish you want to catch. Rod holders that WONT MOVE when a big fish slams it and some copper bells and you're all set.

Sit back in your chair and wait for the bells to ring. Remember that circle hooks are designed so the fish hook themselves, no need to set the hook.


Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: sdgull] #12850871
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Hire a guide. Worth every penny of the investment. A guide will give you the pointers needed from rod/reel combos, line, hooks, weights, rigging, what locations to consider different times of year, etc.

Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: JJ4MEL] #12851086
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If you have a boat you may consider building about 10-20 juglines. Its a great way to get started fishing and is the way I got started fishing my local lake. If you are going to get paid at 5 pm friday and just want to go fishing that evening then you'll have to go to walmart or academy and get some ugly stick combo rod/reels and some basic stuff to make a Carolina rig as somebody posted a little earlier. Best advice is to pay a guide and learn the ropes for any species you're after though. I went four times with a guide that does white bass and hybrids and that was the best money I've ever spent for making me a more successful angler.


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Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: sdgull] #12851147
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For Big Fish - Walmart get Quantum Optix 60 spinning reels and Berkeley Big Game 8’ MH/H rod. 50-65 lb braid, biggest circle hooks they got and 1.5-2 oz. egg sinkers and Carolina rig or 3 way rig with bank sinkers, biggest cigar peg floats they got. 2-3”. 40 lb mono leaders.

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Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: sdgull] #12851733
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Thanks guys! I have a boat and a slip on eagle mountain lake. I hired a guide for Saturday morning. Excited to learn and get this party started!

Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: sdgull] #12851851
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Originally Posted By: sdgull
Thanks guys! I have a boat and a slip on eagle mountain lake. I hired a guide for Saturday morning. Excited to learn and get this party started!

I have a feeling all your fancy ditch pickle rods are about to start collecting dust. cheers Welcome to the party! welcome Come on in and grab a beer! Hope you like big girls...lots of fat ones at this party!! texas


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Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: sdgull] #12852868
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Walmart has some pretty nice budget fishing combos. The Lew's Cat Daddy for $20 will be perfect for the channel cats. Its pre-spooled with 15lb high-vis mono, I think.

Re: Best way to get started catfishing? [Re: sdgull] #12855291
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Originally Posted By: sdgull
Thanks guys! I have a boat and a slip on eagle mountain lake. I hired a guide for Saturday morning. Excited to learn and get this party started!


So how’d it go.?

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