Fall catfishing is red hot, it’s one of the best times of the year to catch catfish!
On this day I hit the lake in search of some early Fall catfish and whacked and stacked the blue catfish. Early Fall is a time of the year that many people stop catfishing (or fishing at all) and put away their fishing gear for the year. Fall catfishing is as good as it gets and one of my favorite times of the year to catch catfish, I’d rather fish in the Fall and Winter than any other time of the year, the catfishing is amazing!
There’s many different techniques you can use to catch catfish in the fall and the fish can often be found in a variety of depths. It’s not uncommon to be able to find and catch blue catfish in deep water, shallow water and everywhere in between. The technique I’m using in today’s video is an “old school” catfishing technique I’ve been using for years (I’m surprised I’ve not included it in my catfishing videos yet) and it flat out works, it’s called splat fishing or plop fishing by many.
This technique will work in the fall and works for winter catfishing as well, as long as there’s some cormorants around and very little wind this cold water catfishing technique will work.
Cormorants (we call them water turkeys here in Texas) spend their days feeding on shad, they eat a ton of it and then the congregate in roosts at night and expel that shad in the water. This creates a natural chum and the catfish congregate in these areas. It’s not uncommon to catch tons of blue and channel catfish and even big trophy blue catfish as well. It’s a very specialized technique that requires some finesse but it’s pretty simple in many aspects (even down to the traditional bobber rig). With the correct approach and conditions this can be one of the best fall catfishing techniques you’ll ever use.
If you want to learn even more details check out the splat fishing ebook here.