10 Old School Catfishing Techniques That Still Work Today
July 27, 2015
Kansas native JerryÂ DishmanÂ remembers using whatever means possible to catch catfish in the Big Blue River as a young boyÂ in the 1940's. In that era, fishing was done to put food on the table, not for sport, so the technology that anglers rely on today didÂ not even exist. Instead,Â DishmanÂ and other anglersÂ got creative, using techniques like hand fishing, gigging and fish traps.'¯While those techniques are a bit primitive, those were different times.
"There was no sport fishingÂ at that time, so going to the river was only about finding food.Â We ate everything we caught," saidÂ Dishman.
Over the years, sport fishing emerged and fishing technology evolved. As the retired parks superintendent for the city of Manhattan, Kan.,Â DishmanÂ says that many people still turn to the tried and true techniques of yesteryear, because they work.
What'¯has'¯changedÂ over the years, are the laws governing these techniques. Each state has different restrictions and in some states, certain techniques are outlawed completely.
According toÂ Jason Olive,Â Assistant Chief of Fisheries ManagementÂ forÂ Arkansas Game and Fish,Â laws differ from state to state for several reasons. These include, productivity of the water relating to fish population, state management goals that strive to find a balance between supply and demand for recreational and commercial fishing and the less quantifiable sociological considerations.
"Sometimes regulations are created not because we are worried about a species being wiped out, but because the public feels it's a method not considered fair chase. Traditions and norms of what people consider acceptable and fair chase differ among regions," said Olive.
Hand fishing is a prime example, where it is legal in southern states, and illegal in the north.
It is important to check the regulations in your state, but here are 10 old-schoolÂ catfishingÂ techniques that are still used today