This weeks catfishing video from Catfish Edge is on how to catch blue catfish in running water and flood water conditions on lakes and reservoirs. This is the longest Youtube video I’ve ever published and it’s jam packed with information as well as tons of live action footage of me aboard by SeaArk ProCat 240 catching catfish in Texas.
Drought, Flooding and Catfish
The past few years have been a roller coaster ride when it comes to weather in many parts of the country, including where I live in North Texas.
We experienced one of the worst droughts in history that lasted several years causing lakes and reservoirs across the state to start going dry. When the drought finally broke, we went from not having any rain to extreme flooding. During the spring of 2015 and 2016 we received massive amounts of rain that often lasted for several days and went from not having any water in the lakes and reservoirs to having massive flooding.
The bad news is many areas across the country experienced the same flooding and in many cases it did major and caused loss of lives.
Despite the devastating impacts of flooding, when it comes to catching catfish you can benefit from flooding and massive amounts of rain as a catfish angler, especially if you fish in lakes and reservoirs. It just requires trying some new areas and spending some time using some new catfishing techniques.
How To Catch Running Water Catfish
This is a great technique for catching catfish and one I’ve been using for a very long time. I learned the ins and outs of catching catfish in running water and flooding conditions long before I became a catfish guide.
After 20 years as a professional catfish angler and guide I hate it when we get tons of rain because it keeps my clients and I off the lakes I fish but there’s always a light at the end of the tunnel because I know big rains usually means there’s going to be some big action when it comes to catching catfish, especially blue catfish.
It’s very common to catch monster trophy blue catfish fishing in running water like this. Some of the biggest catfish I’ve ever caught have been while fishing in these conditions but unfortunately when I filmed this video I didn’t hook any monsters. I did however catch a TON of smaller “box fish” or one to five pound blue catfish. These smaller blue catfish are a blast to catch and also make a very tasty meal if you want to keep a few for the table.
Here’s What’s Covered In This Weeks Video
In this weeks video I’ll cover everything you need to know to locate and catch blue catfish in these special conditions using these catfishing techniques.
In addition to an overview of the techniques I’ll cover:
- How to locate catfish in lakes and reservoirs.
- How to catch catfish in lakes and reservoirs.
- Catfish rigs to use.
- Catfish baits to use.
- Rods, reels and gear to use.
- Circle hook tips.
- The fifteen minute rule for catching (or not).
- Catching Zebco 33’s and old fishing rods.
- Reading the current to find fish.
- What to do when you hang up your fishing line.
This video is an extended cut of the footage from filming the Fox Sports Outdoors Show on the same topic.
Catfish Rods, Reels and Gear
Here’s more details on some of the catfish rods, reels and gear and products mentioned in this video. You can get even more details in our Ultimate Guide To Catfish Gear.
- SeaArk ProCat 240 Catfish Boat
- Chad Ferguson Signature Series Catfish Rods from Whisker Seeker Tackle
- Abu Garcia 6500C3, Catish Special and 6500 LC Reels
- VersaRattle Catfish Rig Rattles
Since this is such a long video, here’s some markers for jumping around:
2:00 Situational Setup
4:12 Rigging Tips and Versa Rattles
5:11 Bait and Circle Hook Tips
7:41 Finding Fish
8:43 Channel Catfish
9:41 Wind and Catfishing
10:00 Catching Zebcos
13:24 Breaking Free
Here’s The Video
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