Many of you reading this will be new to catfishing and may not even have seen one before. Therefore, in this article, I will be giving you some basic ideas and a few tips on how, hopefully, to catch your first cat. First of all, let us look at the tackle you will require.
Hooks need to be very strong (I once lost an extremely big fish when a 0/2 Z60 Catfish hook straightened out!!), sharp, and have a wide gap. I use the Partridge Z60 Catfish Hooks in sizes 2, 0/1, 0/2, for live and dead baits. For hair-rigged baits, I use the Fox series 1 in size 2. Never use Treble hooks or double hook rigs for catfish; the risk of double hooking is too great. As a catfish’s mouth is soft it is likely, with these hooking arrangements, to pin both jaws together causing terrible injuries Conversely, if the catfish is lost (line breakage) the fish will never be able to rid themselves of the hooks, thus dying of starvation, or suffocating, by not being able to open their mouths.