My grandson and I got to the fishing show around 3:45, and then we started hunting for our friends booths. We finally did find them up on the second floor of the building. We did ask Mark and Vince some question about baits to use this season. Vince likes Catawba worms for catfish, Mark did not think they worked in the river. We then walked around the other booths nearby to check out all the different things up for sale. Never did get down to the first floor where all of the boats and kayaks were on display.
Finally we got set up to listen to Mark’s presentation around 5:30. His talk was about “TROLLING FOR CATFISH”, which is an up and coming way to catfish on the tournament trail. The big advantage of this style of fishing is you are covering such a wide area of water with your baits. It is good on mud flats in river and lakes, but not so good on rocky bottom bodies of water.
A rig with a rubber coated slinky sinker is required to just bounce or slide your bait off the muddy bottom. He also stressed using a high power trolling motor to help control the speed of the boat. Trolling also requires the use of planner boards to spread out the lines from the boat. He and others use up to six planner boards if that many rods are allowed. To fish this way means there has to be at least 2 persons in the boat to work this complicated system. I will not use this style of catfishing, as I do not have planner boards or a powerful trolling motor. Even when my grandson is in the boat I will be anchoring up to fish.
The trip to the fishing show did get my grandson and I thinking about our up and coming season as we drove home in a very cold and steady rain.
Until next month,
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