Catfish hook up

catfish hook up

How do you hold a catfish?

There are a few different ways to hold a catfish. Some anglers pick the catfish up by the bottom lip and hold it with one hand while they work on the fish with the other.

What happens when you hook a catfish?

Catfish frequently swallow the natural baits most anglers use to entice them, and if the fisherman is using a traditional hook style, the catfish tends to get gut-hooked and may eventually die as a result of punctured internal organs. Circle hooks are designed in such a way that they usually hook the fish in the corner of the mouth.

What kind of hooks do you use to catch catfish?

Circle Hooks Circle hooks are quite commonly used with catfish since they allow for an easy and harmless catch. Compared to traditional J-hooks, circle hooks have a more curved shape which allows the hook to catch the fish more securely. The point is also curved back so that it’s perpendicular to the hook shank.

What size treble hook for channel catfish?

When picking treble hook size, you need to go smaller than expected. For medium-sized channel catfish, treble hook sizes that work well are from 2 to 8. Since this is the normal scale, you use size 2 hooks for larger fish and size 8 hooks for smaller fish. If fishing for blue catfish, a size 1 or 1/0 treble hook should be good enough.

How do you pick up a catfish?

Some anglers pick the catfish up by the bottom lip and hold it with one hand while they work on the fish with the other. If you have a flat surface (or the catfish is small enough to fit in your hand), you can run your hand along the fish to flatten the dorsal fin and keep the side fins down.

How to handle a catfish without getting hurt?

There are two approaches you handling smaller cats to keep from getting hurt. Small Cats – Holding the fish from the top is the preferred method. Place your hand directly behind the pectoral and dorsal spines with the area between your thumb and forefinger resting behind the dorsal spine.

What is the best way to hold a fish?

Most largemouth bass, catfish, and carp are best held with both hands. Keep the fish’s body in a straight horizontal line. It is very important to keep the fish’s body straight to avoid bending its jaw or spine at an unnatural angle.

How do you handle a fish with a small cat?

There’s two approaches you handling smaller cats to keep from getting hurt. Small Cats Holding the fish from the top is the preferred method. Place your hand directly behind the pectoral and dorsal spines with the area between your thumb and forefinger resting behind the dorsal spine.

What size hooks for channel catfish?

More important than brand, is that the hooks are very sharp, and also durable. Treble hooks in the appropriate size range for channel catfish are size #2, #4, #6, and #8. The smaller the number, the larger the hook is so a #2 hook is much larger than a #8 hook.

Do you use circle hooks or treble hooks for catfish?

I use circle hooks exclusively for blue catfish and flatheads and very often for larger channel catfish. I rely on treble hooks when fishing prepared bait channel catfish with the Secret Catfish Rig and rarely have a need for any other form of hooks.

How are fishing hooks sized?

So, fishing hooks are sized by two scales – the normal scale and the aught scale. Let’s see what these scales are. On the normal scale, hook sizes are denoted with a number, e.g. 8 or 12. In this scale, the higher the number, the smaller the hook is. For example, a size 8 hook is larger than a size 12 hook.

What is the best hook for flathead catfish?

Team Catfish’s double-action circle hook is an optimal hook for targeting flathead catfish. With these hooks, you can set the hook in three ways: sweep your rod, burn your reel, or let the fish buy your pool and hook themselves.

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