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Catfish Fishing

8 Reasons You’re Not Catching Trophy Catfish

by Keith Sutton   |  May 24th, 2014 0

“What can I do to catch more big catfish?”

Many anglers want a simple answer to that question, but unfortunately, there’s rarely one to be found. I’ve been chasing heavyweight catfish for decades and have learned that no magic formula ensures success every time we fish for big blues, flatheads and channel cats.

One thing is certain, though: When we’re having an unproductive fishing day, more often than not it’s due to our own errors, not because trophy catfish are exceptionally evasive or tight-lipped.

At times, nothing we do can entice a jumbo catfish to bite. For reasons we don’t fully understand, these fish often become inactive and darn near impossible to catch.

It’s important to remember, though, that a poor catch rate may be totally unrelated to the level of catfish activity. Frequently, it’s just a result of our own bad habits. To increase the odds of hooking a beefy blue, channel cat or flathead, examine your tactics now and then, and be sure you’re doing everything correctly to the best of your ability. Correcting bad habits may be the best way of all to ensure success.

If you’re not catching heavyweight cats, one of these eight problems may be the reason why.

Photo by Ryan Gilligan

About the Author
With a resumé listing more than 3,800 magazine, newspaper and website articles about fishing, hunting, wildlife and conservation, Keith “Catfish” Sutton of Alexander, Ark., has established a reputation as one of the country’s best-known outdoor writers. In 2012, he was enshrined in the National Fresh Water Fishing Hall of Fame as a Legendary Communicator. The 12 books he’s written are available through his website.

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