Sometimes, Size Does Matter…..

I fish for catfish and other speciews in Guatemala: I do it in a channel by the sea, just where the channel and the sea meet. Ive seen some angler and netters land big Catfish, but I only seem to be able to attract the smaller ones! for bait, I use shrimp, and cut up baitfish on a No. 5 or 6 hook. Which bait and hook combination should I use to attract the big ones?

Your best bet is to use a double hook rig. Tie an appropriately sized Bell or Pyramid sinker to the end of your line. Then make a 9-12 inch long drooper loop about 18 inched above the sinker. Make another dropper loop the same size, 18 inches above that one. Now, attach 2 hooks to the dropper loops. I prefer the classic Eagle Claw 2/0 Baitholder Hooks, or Treble hooks, because I like to finesse my fish. These will work for most catfish up to around 20 pounds. If you are wanting to go monster-fishing, then you need to use Kahle 5/0 or 6/0 hooks, and correspondingly larger equipment. The best bait is cut fish, especially shad, but shrimp and chicken livers work very well, also. ANy cut fish should work good, especially anything oily like mackerel, sardiones, carp and tuna. You can keep mushy bait on the hooks by wrapping it in pieces of panty hose, then putting it on the hook.

Happy fishing.

Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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