Do catfish really eat almost everything they get in their mouths? To investigate this question further, I tried two alternative baits for the catfish during my last session. Squid and chicken liver. Unfortunately the conditions were not the best. The air pressure increased rapidly and the activity of the fish became noticeably less from hour to hour. It was all the more important to offer the catfish a maximum attraction with strong smelling baits. With one rod I fished a spot under an overhanging tree and with the other rod on a gravel bank just a few meters from the shore. I fed my first spot with pig’s liver, as this is cheaper than chicken liver, which I used as hook bait. The other spot I fed with squid that had already been in the sun for 48 hours and had already formed a strong smell. As I was used to from my last session I guessed the hot bite phase of the catfish would be between eleven and three o’clock in the morning. However, this time I did not get a single signal on my bite indicators. After checking the baits again at half past two in the morning I went to sleep with the feeling that I would not catch any catfish this time. At 6 o’clock I woke up in case of the upcomming rain. I was just on the way to my rods to exchange them for carp rods when suddenly the swinger shot up and my bite indicator went off. At first I could hardly believe it, because it was anything but a good bite time for catfish for this lake. On the other hand, I suspected the rain and the falling air pressure as the reason for this bite. In the end I could land a catfish with a size of 5,25 feet which could not resist the chicken liver.
Why it has again not worked with the hyped squid as bait? Maybe next time I should use a fresh bait? or frozen?
I’ll stay tuned and keep trying to catch a squid catfish.