To Catch a Catfish!

August is National Catfish Month….in case you’re interested and you are a fisherman(woman) ~ I refuse to say fisherperson, correct me if you disagree!!


Anyway, here it is, a month dedicated to catching catfish, and apparently there is a right and a wrong way to do it!  So here are some of the right ways…


Clarias batrachus

NOT a catfishes natural habitat!! (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

~Get plenty of stinky bait ~ catfish have small eyes (do other fish have big fish eyes?) so they rely on their sense of taste and smell.


~Night is best ~ catfish are most active after dark but if you are going to try during the day (and really, do many of us wake the kids up at midnight and say “let’s go get the catfish?”) be patient.  Cast the line and let it sit in the same spot for 15 -20 minutes.


~Catfish are scaredey cats ~ they get spooked when they see shadows, so know where the sun is and where you shadow is!


~Catfish like hide and seek ~ so cast around logs, bushes, and rocks.


Here’s a link to where to catch catfish in Maine as well ~ if you’re going to give it a try you might as well know where to go to be the most successful!



My kind of Catfish (Photo credit: rdpeyton)



Good luck, let me know how you do….


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