Free Fishing Secrets That Catch You More Big Catfish and Carp
Fishermen hate to miss out on the latest edges to improve catches. But it really is better to solve problems by beginning with the study and observation of fish behaviors, and not with the latest tackle and bait adverts. With details of many big fish captures, this articles shows you how and why this is so important.
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It really is better to solve problems by beginning with the study and observation of fish behaviours and not with the latest tackle and bait adverts first! I remember a time years ago now, when the famous UK Woburn Abbey cats adapted to very intense fishing pressure from anglers by switching-off from all previously successful “conventional baits.” They refusing to take them, relying for their survival upon natural food items instead. Using observation it became clear they were preying upon small zander in the margins of the lake. Therefore when small zander were used as bait, immediate success followed after weeks of struggling using popular recommended baits.
Using baits which arouse zero or as little suspicion as possible (ideally with the maximum stimulation) has always been the biggest point about fishing baits (as well as the hook!) Yes, catfish adapt to fishing pressures and can change their dietary habits to rely solely on natural food; which has not yet been exploited as bait that is! Very often, they will only take baits they are prepared to take the risk to fed on, just like carp. And just like carp, catfish can become much easier to catch as you progressively use smaller and smaller baits. I’ve only ever live-baited for catfish once, so all my catfish catches have been on homemade baits and altered and adapted commercial ones.
Also just like carp, tempting very big catfish is most often no push-over; indeed far from it! (Using live-baits is completely unnecessary and strictly for sadists in my book!) I’ve had thirty catfish over sixty pounds in the UK now on homemade baits and I’ve watched over the weeks and years how their bait preferences and the effectiveness of various baits has changed. Often this change is incredibly fast and even sudden after a good catch. Then you need a new version of bait!
In this respect catfish are definitely in a similar league to carp and considering catfish feed far less frequently the potential for “blank sessions is much higher! Wels catfish and channel catfish for instance have metabolisms which means they actively feed much less than carp in lower temperatures, so in many countries their season is far shorter than for carp.)
In fact on various fisheries I”ve experienced I’ve known catfish to reject all the following baits after initial success: Cockles, mussels, squid, liver, luncheon and sausage meat, marine halibut pellets, trout pellets, salmon pellets, salami, various “Pepperami” products, carp pellets, leaches, fresh herring, mackerel, eel and lamprey segments etc. Also the same has happened with a huge range of boilies of all kinds of base mixes stimulators and attractors, both commercial baits and homemade ones and so on.