Fishing For White Catfish

White Catfish fishing tips include information on habitat, lures, bait, and fishing techniques. Also included is a creamy white garlic sauce catfish recipe.

The white catfish is a popular game fish among many fishermen. Sometimes it is also called fork tail cat because of its moderately forked tail. Its sides are mottled grey-blue, its belly is white, and its chin full of barbels. They have a rounded anal fin with 18-24 rays. Their average weight is usually around 1-2 pounds, the maximum weight is around 3 pounds. This fish is prized both for its firm white meat, which is considered a delicacy throughout much of the United States.

Its habitat can vary from slow streams to reservoirs, ponds, river backwaters, even drainage ditches, and it prefers warm waters around 82 degrees Fahrenheit. Usually they eat fish, any animal matter that falls near the bottom, such as fish eggs and aquatic plants. The white catfish has a long living period, some have even been known to live up to 14 years. They usually stay near the muddy bottom, near logs, brush piles, holes or among other hidingplaces.

The best types of bait is argued even by experts into two major directions; the live bait, and the cut and prepared baits, also called stinkbait. The prepared bait usually has some sort of foul smell which will leave an oily scent trail for the catfish; catfish of any size usually respond to this. The white catfish can be attracted by nuggets, cheese, sponges diped in a smelly dip made of rotten meat and eggs. For live bait the white catfish usually prefers minnows, worms, shrimp, chicken liver, menhaden, frogs, crayfish, grasshoppers, clam, and nightcrawlers. Some people like to combine the two different baits; some let the life bait "age" a few days before going fishing. Shrimp seems to work best. Catfish isn't choosy, some report to having caught catfish with things such as Ivory chunks, and bare hooks! Since the catfish takes such a large variety of baits it is easy to catch your own bait which will save you even more money. Minnow are very easy to catch at the edge of most lakes and in small streams.



To fish for the white catfish, all types of equipment have been used. Mostly a single hook is used with bait, a few sinkers (you need up to two ounces), and a floater. Sometimes a three-way swivel or dropper lop above the weight is used, but the white catfish is not that choosy and can be caught with the easiest of equipments. One good way to know what type of bait the white catfish in your area likes is to use a multiple-hook rig or use two poles with the stink-bait on one and the live one on the other. Make sure you secure the bait since the catfish is known for stealing the bait off the hooks since they are very gentle eaters. Try to fish very close to the lakes bottom since that's where the catfish tend to be. Even dragging the hook along the muddy bottom will often encourage a catfish to pounce on the bait. As for the line, use one that can handle about 12 pounds since the white catfish has been known to fight hard once it has been caught. Make sure the reel is a spingcastin one which has a stationary spool. This lure lets you hold and release the line with a push of a button. This will become important when reeling in your catch, is easier then using your thumb, and causes fewer line problems.

The best time to fish for the catfish is at night or early morning or late in the day. If you live in a hot area the water will get too hot during the day (especially during noon) and the catfish will be sluggish and not keen to bite. But once the catfish is caught on the line start to bring it in slowly. The catfish will try to run if it knows it has been caught. They will even try to tear out the hook if they can make it happen even at a loss to themselves. A good strategy is to have a net ready in the water so the angler can pull the catch in to the net and then lift it up. If you try to lift the catfish out of the water, this is often the chance he takes to get away. If you feel the catfish trying to break away, give him more line, then start reeling him in slowly. It might take a while but try to tire out the catfish and he will be much easier to bring in.

This recipe will be great with the white catfish:

1lb white catfish

3 toes of garlic

1/2 cup of cream

1/4 cup emmenthal cheese

1 can chicken stock

some butter

fresh herbs, salt and pepper.

Heat the butter with the chopped garlic and herbs until the garlic is glossy. Add in the catfish and fry on both sides for about 2 minutes on each side. Add the cream and chicken stock and the grated emmenthal cheese. If the sauce is too thin whisk a teaspoon of flour with 1/4 cup of water and add it to the sauce slowly. Serve this with mashed potatoes and fresh lemon wedges and a greek salad, with white wine. Enjoy!

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