Bank Fishing For Catfish Tips, Plus Four Common Mistakes [Podcast Best Of]

Video bank fishing for catfish

Bank Fishing For Catfish TipsI get emails and messages from people constantly wanting more information on bank fishing for catfish (catfishing from the shore or without a catfish boat) .

If you’re a catfish angler that fishes from a boat, listen to this show also because there’s still some great information in this show that will help you in your quest to catch more and bigger catfish.

This show is one of the “Catfishing Radio” podcasts being moved from the old site as a “Best Of” episode for the Catfish Edge podcast.

Bank Fishing For Catfish Tips Podcast

Here’s what’s covered in this “Best Of” Catfish Edge podcast.

I start by covering the spring blue catfish bite and how the fishing is really heating up. If you plan on fishing for catfish this spring you need to check out the Spring Blue Catfish Techniques program.

Four Common Mistakes Bank Fishing Catfish Anglers Make

Next I move into the topic of bank fishing or shore fishing for catfish covering information on blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish and some of the most common mistakes I see anglers make when they’re shore fishing (this really applies to all species of fish not just cats).

Fishing Where The Fish Aren’t

I talk about learning seasonal patterns of the fish and bait fish (like threadfin shad and gizzard shad) and how these seasonal movements affect the fish.

I also talk in depth about anglers that chose a fishing location as a matter of convenience instead of choosing a fishing location based on where the fish should be, and how doing a little work and putting some extra effort into your fishing can pay off in a huge way.

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Choosing Your Fishing Location

I talk about using the knowledge of fishing patterns and catfishing techniques and finding good locations to fish.

Using tools like the Navionics app, Navionics Hotmaps and Google Maps you can find areas to fish are not over pressured and also have access to the depths and structure you need to fish based on the seasonal movement of catfish.

Catfish Tackle

I talk about using the right catfish rods, catfish reels and catfish rigs based on the areas you are fishing, where the fish are and what depth of water you need to be fishing and how specialized equipment and rod holders can give you access to not only make really long casts but also cover a lot of water.

This gives you the ability to get to fish you might otherwise not be able to get to.

Getting Off The Bank

Last but not least I cover some cheap ways to get off the shore and out in the water so you can get to the fish without buying an expensive boat and you can really get access to some amazing areas to fish, some that cannot even be accessed by big boats.

An Angler Kayak can be picked up new relatively cheap or even used on websites like Craigslist for a couple of hundred dollars.

A Belly Boat or Float Tube is also a cheap option to get you access to some great fishing areas for next to nothing and can also be found used.

There’s a lot of inexpensive options to find a way to get to the fish.

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If you haven’t done so already make sure you subscribe to the Catfish Edge podcast on iTunes and be sure to take a few quick minutes to write a review and leave a rating on the podcast.

Want More

If you’d like to get on the fast track to catching more and bigger catfish then check out some of the Catfish Edge products.

The recently released Transition Cats video will help you locating and catching catfish right now as the seasons change and Spring Blue Catfish Techniques will cover everything you need to know for the remainder of the spring.

The time will also be coming very soon to turn your attention to the red hot channel catfish bite covered in Summer Channel Catfish Techniques. I fish with the Secret Catfish Rig during this time and target numbers of channel catfish with punch bait for fast paced action and lots of catfish.

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Ethan Smith is a seasoned marine veteran, professional blogger, witty and edgy writer, and an avid hunter. He spent a great deal of his childhood years around the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona. Watching active hunters practise their craft initiated him into the world of hunting and rubrics of outdoor life. He also honed his writing skills by sharing his outdoor experiences with fellow schoolmates through their high school’s magazine. Further along the way, the US Marine Corps got wind of his excellent combination of skills and sought to put them into good use by employing him as a combat correspondent. He now shares his income from this prestigious job with his wife and one kid. Read more >>