Tuesday, August 23, 2016

The Channel Catfish, And The Bait Used To Catch The American Fisherman's Favourite Dinner

A Channel catfish, Ictalurus punctatus


The Channel Catfish - America's Most Numerous Species Of Catfish.

Here in North East Texas, and indeed, from Southern Canada, Central and Eastern United States, and Northern Mexico the channel catfish is a very prosperous and numerous fish that one is likely to encounter while out enjoying the time honoured tradition of fishing. According to Wikipedia there are eight million anglers or fishermen that specifically target channel catfish for sport and for food. Wikipedia is wrong, however, as I happen to know that the official and accurate number is eight million and one.
Want more numbers? There are six hundred and seventy six million pounds of catfish meat post production as an average annually in the USA from farm raised catfish alone. American's love catfish fillets, and why wouldn't they? It's low fat high protein meat that has been beneficial to the diet of persons living in Northern America for as long as there have been humans here.

Channel Catfish - Full Of Omega Three Fatty Acids

Channel Catfish meat is full of Omega Three Fatty Acids, consumption of these types of fatty acids is thought to be associated with reduction in blood pressure and reduced risk for certain cancers, inflammatory conditions such as rheumatoid arthritis, and even mental decline.
There is nothing more rewarding or natural, my friends, than catching or hunting your own healthy foods. Food is ever the more becoming a major issue for persons all over the world, and persons dependent upon corporate society and the global financial system will not be able to survive so well when the inevitable crash comes. Fishing bonds one to nature, teaches the proper respect for one's meals, and in the case of catfish, the meals are healthy ones due to the meat being low fat and high protein, and also containing the healthy Omega three fatty acids.

Happy Little Guy With A Texas Channel Catfish!

This kid will grow up to appreciate the outdoors!
This kid will grow up to appreciate the outdoors!

Catching Channel Catfish, Ictalurus punctatus

In order to catch a channel catfish for a nice meal, or even if you're a catch and release type person, the best way to go about this is to understand the channel catfish, so as to think like a channel catfish. If you'd like to know about the method that I use personally for this, then just to the right you'll find a link detailing some of that advice, and there is some good advice in the commentary that follows as well.
Channel catfish have seriously developed olfactory senses, and can detect or smell things in the water at an amazing rate. It's those several dark black "whiskers" that the channel cat's have that are doing that smelling, and so the answer to the riddle: How does a channel catfish think? Is answered just like this: They think with their whiskers! You've got to realize that fish are basically little swimming automatons that live to eat and breed, they don't have much in the way of cognition. Oh sure, they've got survival instincts, and the way to catch fish is to use their survival instincts to catch them.
Bubble gum, yep, you can catch some channel cats with that too, but nothing works so well as stink baits - the more something smells dead and stinky, the more a catfish is likely to try to eat it, and also become hooked on the other end of your poll and bait.
There's no motivational factor in a fish that exceeds it's desire to eat. Catfish are attracted to foods that are either dead or dying, and have a strong smell. If you put something that is either dead, decaying formerly living tissue of something that wasn't plant life, or otherwise smells strongly onto a hook and throw it into catfish territory, then you will catch not just channel catfish, but any catfish It's been reported that channel catfish have been caught using slivers of Ivory brand soap as bait. Clearly, the channel catfish is not so much interested in things that it already knows that it wants to eat as it is interested in eating things that have a strong smell in water that it's also curious about. Now I'd not try the Ivory soap bait, but the point here is that if you're a little bit creative, then you might then find that you sometimes have things in your refrigerator that instead of throwing away, you could use as channel catfish bait.
Channel catfish reach a maximum weight of between forty to fifty pounds, and so it's best to know your area, and recognize if it's possible or not for monsters of that size to have got there - you'll need to be certain that if you're thinking that you could catch something of that size, that you've equipped yourself with rod, reel, and test line strong enough to pull something like that to shore. As a man who's lost more big fish at the bank than he'd ever like to admit, I must also stress the absolute importance of having a really good fishing net as well. I hope this has been useful, and happy fishing!


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