What catches blue catfish at night?

I’ve been out night fishing for blue catfish…with no luck. What’s the best way to catch blue’s at night?

The first thing to consider is depth. Blues tend to live lower than other catfish. You can catch tons of catfish at night, but not if it’s too cold. The summer months are the best time to fish at night for blues or any other catfish. But as a general rule, the cooler the air temperature is, the further down you have to look for blues. If the temperature of the water is anywhere below about 65 degrees, you’ll find blues to be slow and sluggish, mostly hanging out down around the bottom. It’ll be too cold for them to go and look for food. If you’re having trouble catching blues at night, it is probably because of the bait. Unlike other catfish, blues don’t go so much for live bait. They prefer something that is dead, rotten, stinky and oily. Your best bet is to use a dead fish for your bait, especially mackerels. Blue catfish tend to love these fish. You can also use prepared cut bait, which has a dead, rotten smell to it. Standard catfish baits, like chicken livers, worms and other stinky stuff, will work as well for blues. A few more things to keep in mind: blues are big and they fight. That means you should make sure you have a big hook and a sturdy line. Another thing is that, unlike other fish, blues will often grab your bait and run with it for a minute before he takes a bite. This is why it’s good to have a little slack in your line.

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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