FISHING TACKLE AND CATFISHING GEAR
"The stuff it doesn't hurt
There are a lot of fishing
items that are not 100%
necessary to catching catfish. There are a lot of gimmicks out there
These are some items for you to review when getting ready for a
trip. Be sure and check the product
reviews section for information on new products, this is
where you can
learn more about items.
This list is by no means all
inclusive, these are
just meant as a guideline.
keep a good sharp knife in your tackle box. These come in handy not
for cleaning fish but for cutting rope, fishing line and anything else
needs to be cut.
Clippers - These
come in handy for keeping out when you are fishing so you can quickly
fishing line when you have to tie on new hooks or terminal tackle.
you plan on keeping your fish, make sure you have a stringer. I prefer
poly stringers over the metals ones because they are easier to store
work really well. They are very inexpensive and are a necessity for
a mess of kittys during a day of fishin'.
Filet Knife- This
is by no means a necessity but if you get yourself in a situation
where you are cleaning 40 or 50 fish, and electric filet knife sure
speed things up and makes it a lot easier.
Dip Net - A
big net is very useful for getting fish out of the water and into a
especially the BIG UN's. Dip nets are pretty inexpensive and worth
weight in gold.
Bucket - If
fishing with live bait,
a bait bucket is essential. Make sure it is one that you can place in
water to help keep your bait
alive (this is even more essential in the Summer). Also make sure it
a good closure on it so you don't lose your bait in the water.
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Cast Net- You
can buy cast nets for catching live Shad that cost anywhere from $15 to
$100. I prefer the $15 Wal Mart nets because I tear them up a lot.
get caught up in all the gimmicks that they sell to throw these nets.
learn how to throw one. You should be able to learn how to lob one of
nets out in the water in no time at all. Make sure that the net is at
4' in diameter and that it is no more than a 3/8" mesh.
always keep a plastic 5 Gallon bucket around because they just come in
for a variety of purposes (they make a great seat when you turn them
you are night fishing a spotlight is a great tool. You can pick some
cordless spotlights up at the home improvement stores for $15. These
great for watching the water, as well as lighting up your fishing area.
always a good idea to have some insect repellent around especially when
fishing at night. This will keep you from being miserable the next
good strong sunblock will also save you from misery the next day when
are fishing on sunny days.
you an empty ice chest along full of ice. When you catch a fish, throw
in the ice chest. This keeps em' fresh and also keeping them cold helps
when you go to clean them.
An essential tool in removing hooks from a fishes mouth. These also
well if you are fishing with punch bait
to help dip your hook in the bait.
a roll of this around for emergencies. You can repair trotlines,
well as use it for a number of other things.