If you are into a particular sport such as track running, spending all of your time for practice can easily wear you down. That is why runners are also encouraged to engage in recreational activities or hobbies that allow them to temporarily keep their minds off their sport and simply relax and enjoy. Doing so can help them feel rejuvenated and be at their best condition once they get back to practice.
One of the best activities that runners can try is catfishing. It is an activity that anybody can try and enjoy as it does not require expertise or expensive gadgets. If you have the basic gear, catfish bait and tackle, you are almost ready to get started. One of the most enjoyable things about catfishing is the wide range of catfish types that can inhabit a particular body of water. Popular among anglers are the Cory catfish, flathead catfish, channel catfish, giant catfish and bullhead catfish.
Before finally getting started, it would be good to be familiar first with some basic information about catfishing.
Choosing the Equipment for Catfishing
The equipment to use for catfishing largely depends on the size of catfish inhabiting the waters where you will go fishing. If you target streams, ponds and small rivers, catfish in these bodies of water generally range from 2 to 15 pounds, so your equipment should be based on these sizes. For the most basic, you could purchase a reliable rod and a medium size combo for 20 pounds fishing line. This equipment is easiest to master for beginners.
Hooks for Catfishing
Best recommended hook for beginners is the j-style hook or # 4, #5, #6 bait holder hook.
Sinkers for Catfishing
The type of sinker to use also depends on the water where you will be fishing. For waters with low or no current such as ponds and lakes, the ideal sinker to use is 1-ounce egg sinker. For streams and rivers with current, it would be good to use at least a 2-ounce egg sinker.
Bait for Catfishing
There is a wide variety of readily available bait for catfishing. This includes dough baits, cheese baits, dip baits and preserved natural baits. However, the success rate is higher if fresh natural bait is used instead such as worms, insects, chicken, shrimp, and beef livers among others.
When to Fish
Generally, it is best to start catfishing in the spring. And when you do, it is best to go before sunrise or earlier. During early morning, catfish are active as it is their feeding time. You can easily get a good catch when they are in groups and are feeding. When the sun is up, catfishes tend to be less active, so it is not wise to go fishing in the afternoon. Fishing at night can also give a good yield, but it would be good to go out around midnight until very early morning.
Catfishing can be an enjoyable and fulfilling activity, not just for runners but for others looking for a diversion from their otherwise stressful career. This basic guide should be able to guide anyone who might be interested in this activity and try it for the first time.