Kayak Catfishing: How to catch trophy size blue catfish in a kayak

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To purchase a Kayak Catfish shirt: http://amzn.to/2E41zFW Check out my website: http://www.kayakcatfish.com This is a beginners "how to" video on how I target trophy size blue catfish in the kayak. The video is broken down into sections so feel free to skip ahead if there is an area you are more interested in. Gear and tackle: 0:44 Bait: 7:36 Anchor fishing: 11:16 Drift Fishing: 15:50 -----Fishing Gear Used----- Kayak: http://amzn.to/2vJA6sr PFD: http://amzn.to/2vnCqnM Rods: http://amzn.to/2fvq6MV Reels: http://amzn.to/2vJrUrT Line: http://amzn.to/2vJVyNX Hooks: http://amzn.to/2hOXrmu Sinkers: Larry Muse Dragon Tail Sinkers Rod Holders: http://amzn.to/2vnHqJe Fish Finder: http://amzn.to/2vJlrgP Fish Finder Battery: http://amzn.to/2wyIFUq Fish Finder Mount: http://amzn.to/2wyfvov Light: http://amzn.to/2hPrA5t Anchor: http://amzn.to/2uLkHDr Anchor Trolley: http://amzn.to/2wyMxot Drift Sock: http://amzn.to/2vTJ8mZ Hand Paddle: http://amzn.to/2vJSroU -----Video and Editing Equipment----- Camera: http://amzn.to/2vJWdyV Skeleton Housing: http://amzn.to/2wyo56x Camera Battery Pack: http://amzn.to/2vJieOa Memory Card: http://amzn.to/2fwupHJ USB to Micro USB Cord: http://amzn.to/2fw5dAY Computer: http://amzn.to/2uLrxsl Editing Software: Imovie *All of the links above are part of the Amazon Affiliate Program. If you purchase through the link, I get paid a commission.* ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Website: http://www.kayakcatfish.com Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/kayakcatfish Instagram: http://instagram.com/kayakcatfish Thanks for watching! Please like, subscribe, and share! Funky Music ( Vlog Music ) by Dj Quads https://soundcloud.com/aka-dj-quads Music provided by Audio Library https://youtu.be/7y1mi7ggtt0 #kayakcatfish #kayakcatfishing #catfish #catfishing #kayakfishing #catfishbait #catfishtips #catfishrigs #driftingforcatfish #trollingforcatfish

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AlwaysBeRelentless!
AlwaysBeRelentless! - 1 year ago
I think you were meant to catch great catfish and film videos to show the rest of us how it's done. Always awesome videos, and I always learn something too. Great job and thanks Justin! Tight lines!
AlwaysBeRelentless!
AlwaysBeRelentless! - 1 year ago
+Kayak Catfish Even though you've shared all your techniques with us Justin, I think you must have some catfish blood runnin' through your veins. Nobody does it as good as you!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 1 year ago
Thank you! I certainly enjoy doing this more than my regular day job.
photer m
photer m - 1 year ago
You talk very patiently and you are very physically fit for kayak fishing. Love it
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 1 year ago
Thank you!
Faron Mastin
Faron Mastin - 2 years ago
Thats what I like about your videos you'll it how it is instead of pushing products that may not really help.
Thans for being honest.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
Thanks! I try to keep fishing simple and easy.
James Bergstrom
James Bergstrom - 2 years ago
How do you you get the hooks out of the fish?
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
With my hands or with pliers
812 Catfishing
812 Catfishing - 2 years ago
Love the way you break things down and explain things. Excellent video
812 Catfishing
812 Catfishing - 2 years ago
Kayak Catfish absolutely I want to try the knocker rig soon. I fish on the Ohio alot.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
Thanks! I appreciate you watching.
CJ's Kayak Fishing
CJ's Kayak Fishing - 2 years ago
Thanks for what you do. I've learned more from watching your videos than I ever knew about fishing. I have a quick question that I haven't been able to find the answer. When fishing with live bait, such as skipjack or bluegill, when the bait dies, do you continue to fish the dead bait whole, or do you cut the bait and use it as a cut bait?
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
Thank you for watching! I am glad you have found the videos helpful. To answer your question, I will usually cut it if it dies but you don’t have too.
Chase Switzer
Chase Switzer - 2 years ago
What part of the tennessee river?
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
I fish the Watts Bar and Fort Loudon reservoirs.
Chuck Spires
Chuck Spires - 2 years ago
I have never lost a catch with this. Skipjack head bait. I have a long pair of needlenose. I put the them in through the mouth and push through. I grab my hook with the needlenose and I pull them back out the mouth. The hook is now exposed coming out of the mouth. Cast it out and wait.
When something grabs it. And this is the hard part. Don't reel or set the hook. Give the fish about 5 feet of line. When it gets tight then start reeling. That will allow the fish to get a good hold but not yet swallowed it and the circle hook works as intended. If it is a big one, he will be moving fast enough to hook himself if you don't have time to give him line. The big ones grab it and close their mouth and when the feel some resistance they jerk their head sideways and that gets them every time. Plus if you have the time to give them line you can bet it will be 20 pounds or smaller. If you do not have the time then you can bet it is at least a 30 pouder. The 21 ponders to 29 ponders are in a gray area. Some them have gotten the head jerk behavior down and some have not.
TOOTHPIKS BBQ
TOOTHPIKS BBQ - 2 years ago
Great video! I just bought me an ATAK 140 with a toqeedo mount. I always primary bank fish here in Texas for trophy blue cats and small ones. Now I can use your knowledge and learn how to catch them in open water. Thanks
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
Sounds like you have a great setup. Hope you catch some monsters this summer. Thanks for watching!

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Josh Green Adventures
Josh Green Adventures - 2 years ago
This video was super helpful thanks so much!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
You’re welcome. Glad you found it useful.
billy caldwell
billy caldwell - 2 years ago
Awesome videos man! New sub. Appreciate your intake and outlook on things!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
Thanks Billy! I appreciate you watching and subscribing.
Trophy Fish with Scott
Trophy Fish with Scott - 2 years ago
Used your technique on the Red River below the dam at Lake Texoma OK. I was in swift current with high winds. Cut skipjack straight down under an 8 oz weight at they nailed it. 10-12 feet of water and moving with the current. BAM! Thanks for the tips. I've been catching trophy cats for years, but never this way. Gracias Amigo!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
That’s awesome! I’m glad it worked out for you. Congrats on catching those fish!
Trophy Fish with Scott
Trophy Fish with Scott - 2 years ago
And I linked to this vid at the end of mine. Give credit where credit is due.
J&J Bassing
J&J Bassing - 2 years ago
Why are you always wearing the exact same clothes?
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
I’ll spend $2k on a kayak but I can’t bring myself to spend $15 on a shirt. I wear clothes until they fall apart.
Joseph Venable
Joseph Venable - 2 years ago
Always enjoy your videos. Excellent instructional for us newbies!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
Thanks Joseph!
j rarrieck
j rarrieck - 2 years ago
What knots do you use to attach your braid to your mono
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
Everyone seems to have their own preferences on knots but the Clinch knot has worked well for me. I use a no knot snell to attach my hook to the leader.
j rarrieck
j rarrieck - 2 years ago
Kayak Catfish thanks for the reply im new to kayak fishing. Just starting this year. Everyone says to use braid in a kayak. So i didnt know of if you had to use special knots on braid.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
I use a swivel between my main line and leader. I connect my braid and mono to the swivel with a simple clinch knot.
Paul Tanner
Paul Tanner - 2 years ago
Great video lots of great info!! Thanks
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
Thanks!
Joseph Venable
Joseph Venable - 2 years ago
Excellent videos--thanks for making and sharing!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
Thank you for watching!
Mychal Boose
Mychal Boose - 2 years ago
You should do a video on tips and tactics on how to land catfish in a kayak I just got a new kayak in I haven't even gone out yet but excited to land a big fish and would be cool to see the video of how you land big fish
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
Thanks for watching! Congrats on your new kayak! Check out my monster catfish action playlist. I have several videos with me landing big fish. The main thing to remember is where your head goes, your body goes. Always keep your head over the center of the kayak when landing fish. Good luck! Hope you catch some monsters!
Whisker Stix Fishing
Whisker Stix Fishing - 2 years ago
Just found this video and channel. Very informative! I dont own a kayak but this has still given me alot of insight even as a bank fisherman. If you do alot of night fishing check out my product demo video :)

If you plan on attending the catfish conference i hope i see you there look for my booth!
Whisker Stix Fishing
Whisker Stix Fishing - 2 years ago
Kayak Catfish no prpblem! Im still watching your other videos while im making my whisker stix led lights lol. Hand made 1 by 1. I like that you use alot of the same gear i use. It lets me learn how else they can be utilized
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
Thanks! I'm not sure if I'll make it to the conference but I'll definitely stop by if I do. Thanks for watching!

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Mychal Boose
Mychal Boose - 2 years ago
Great vids man!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 2 years ago
Thanks!
XxStrawberries4MexX 0.0
XxStrawberries4MexX 0.0 - 3 years ago
Is there a danger of your kayak tipping over when a huge fish is pulling real hard to one side?
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Micah Middleton I appreciate you watching and subscribing to my channel. Good luck tonight! Hope you catch a monster.
XxStrawberries4MexX 0.0
XxStrawberries4MexX 0.0 - 3 years ago
Kayak Catfish
LOL! Thankyou for the response and for the great content. Subbed and will be going through some of your other videos while i'm waiting on Mr. Whiskers tonight. I think you have one of the best catfishing channels on youtube here so keep up the good work.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Micah Middleton I fish out of a really stable kayak so I don't fear a fish flipping me. The drag on my reels would prevent the fish from getting enough pressure to flip me even if it was a monster. I have only come close to rolling the kayak once and that was due to my own stupidity. I was releasing a big fish and leaned way too far over. Fortunately I caught myself before i had to go swimming though. Thank you for watching!
Chris Williams
Chris Williams - 3 years ago
Im fishing in a reservoir from my kayak.. what would you recommend .. thanks again.. your videos rock
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Chris Williams I would recommend getting a lake map or checking to see if your reservoir is on navionics. Look for good structure on the map and fish with whatever bait is native to your area. Good luck! Thanks for watching!
Chris Williams
Chris Williams - 3 years ago
Nice Video!!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Chris Williams Thanks!
Michael Soileau
Michael Soileau - 3 years ago
Very helpful. Thanks
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Michael Soileau Thank you for watching!
Jeff Womack
Jeff Womack - 3 years ago
Good to see you sharing that information. So many people don't share the baits and techniques. I don't believe it's my river or fish so if someone wants to join in then maybe I will get to see them catch the one I missed. Have you ever tried using stew meat? I buy a cheap round steak and cut chunks of it. It bleeds all day and they can't strip it off the hook. They seem to love it, at least in Washington.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Jeff Womack I feel the same way. Some fishermen are just silly with how they try to hoard information. I have never tried using stew meat. I will have to give it a shot sometime. Thanks for watching!
Steven Fields
Steven Fields - 3 years ago
Retractable clothes line for holding an anchor line is great
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Steven Fields Great tip! Thanks for sharing.
Yaked Up TV
Yaked Up TV - 3 years ago
Awesome, Awesome, Awesome!!! Thanks a ton!!!!!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Ready Red SpaceLife Glad you found it helpful.
James Wilson
James Wilson - 3 years ago
Great video--you're very good at explaining the process. Thanks much!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+James Wilson Thanks! Glad you found it helpful
Christian fisherman
Christian fisherman - 3 years ago
And one more thing do u think i can fish the ohio river in a good kayak ???bc of the under currents there. Someone told me it take 8oz to stay on bottom
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Camo FishHunter I have never fished the Ohio so I can't speak from any personal experience. There is a Facebook group called ultimate kayak catfishing. I know some of those guys are from Ohio. They would be a better source of info than me.

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Christian fisherman
Christian fisherman - 3 years ago
Do u have a video showing your kayak set up and how u got back rod holder side ways and how u got all 4 in back to ty.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Camo FishHunter Here is a walkthrough video of how I rigged my kayak. My rod holders are adjustable depending on the type of fishing I am doing. https://youtu.be/-3MTNzKxwLQ
Chris Gold
Chris Gold - 3 years ago
Good video, I been fishing the lower James River near Richmond Va catching decent size cats with 5ot C hook using minos and cut shad! I caught 6 yesterday but not trophy yet! I can't wait tell next Monday and try the 8ot hook! I normally would use 8ot running a drone out 600 feet and drop bait for sharks! Check my video out from yesterday if you like! I think everything good but using to small hook! Thanks for Intel!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Chris Gold There are some big fish caught up there. I hope you hook into some.
Chris Gold
Chris Gold - 3 years ago
already looking at maps and structure of James! Take care
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Chris Gold Thanks for watching! Hopefully you will catch a monster soon. Good luck!
Cooldog71
Cooldog71 - 3 years ago
Are the spines dull on the trophy sized catfish? I see you hugging them close to your body where the spine is.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Cooldog71 They can be sharp. Just difficult to hold them any other way than close to your body when you get a big one.
Ярик Андерссон Охота и Рыбалка
Ярик Андерссон Охота и Рыбалка - 3 years ago
Brother question to you ... this way of fishing catfish you do not use? He is not working at the catfish in the river of Tennessee????? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95zczbtFWT4
Ярик Андерссон Охота и Рыбалка
Ярик Андерссон Охота и Рыбалка - 3 years ago
This method is very popular in Russia and Europe ... but this method only works for European catfish ... The depth of 20 meters-no problem catfish hear and rises to the bait at 4 meters from the surface of the water....
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Yarik Andersson I have never tried it so I can't say that it doesn't work but as deep as I am fishing, I doubt they would even hear it
Ярик Андерссон Охота и Рыбалка
Ярик Андерссон Охота и Рыбалка - 3 years ago
Great video!!
Ярик Андерссон Охота и Рыбалка
Ярик Андерссон Охота и Рыбалка - 3 years ago
Hello from Russia brother )))) Very good info for fishing kayak catfish!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Yarik Andersson Thank you for watching!
Down_south Jsouth
Down_south Jsouth - 3 years ago
Great tip About the leaders. I honestly couldn't figure out where to put a net with out worrying about a crankbait or something hooking it especially a big net as you say. I got some cheap braid to try.
Butch Hesselgesser
Butch Hesselgesser - 3 years ago
At about 13 minutes the sound went way low
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Butch Hesselgesser I apologize for the poor sound quality. This was one of my earlier videos and I was still using the waterproof cases which hurt the audio. Thanks for watching!
Trent Williams
Trent Williams - 3 years ago
This channel needs more subscribers!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
Thanks. I have already gotten more subscribers than I could have ever imagined I would get.
Storm Hoskins
Storm Hoskins - 3 years ago
thanks and one of my buddies have a sun dolphin and it's good and perfect size for me and no problem and where do you live in east tennessee
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Storm Hoskins I live just west of Knoxville
Storm Hoskins
Storm Hoskins - 3 years ago
i live around norris lake i love fishing and i'm thinking about buying a kayak any suggestions
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Storm Hoskins I would just recommend trying out as many as you can to see which is going to be the best fit for you. There are a couple dealers in the east TN area and they both offer demos. Get some seat time and see which you like the best. Thanks for watching my video.
Boisenberry 3
Boisenberry 3 - 3 years ago
do you have any good tips for fishinng the Tennessee river with a paddle kayak
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Bearded Gamer What section of the Tennessee river will you be fishing? I fished Fort Loudon and Watts Bar in a paddle kayak for years without any issue. As long as you stay away from the dams, current flow is low enough to easily handle in a paddle kayak.
It's Fishing, Not Catching.
It's Fishing, Not Catching. - 3 years ago
Just found your channel, and subscribed. It was a real treat to hear all your great tips, and to see you actually catch what you're looking for. Master skills! Thanks for reminding all of us that the bigger the bait and hook, the bigger the catch! By the way, greetings from California! I will be thinking of you tomorrow when we go catfishing in the California Delta. -Kat
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+It's Fishing, Not Catching. Thank you for watching and subscribing to my channel! It is great to hear of some more people out west catfishing. Good luck tomorrow! Hope you catch some big ones!
PJ Ju
PJ Ju - 3 years ago
Exactly the guidance I need. just started catfishing Tuesday (bank fishing) and tried .a couple hook setups yesterday first time kayak fishing. Think I lost a few and had a tough time being methodical with no anchor, no idea how to manage depth, etc.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+PJ Ju Thanks for watching! I am glad you found the video helpful. Good luck fishing! Hope you catch some big ones!
Jim Bilbrey
Jim Bilbrey - 3 years ago
fantastic that's what I understand you to say in the video as well. I am going to download that app and get me a cheap fish finder so that I can read the depth and temperature and structure on the bottom I think that will do it. I think what you do is fantastic. I really enjoyed my kayaks. I have about 12 rods and about 16 reels Wells of my fishing reels AR Abu Garcia 7000 series. also I have the Abu Garcia big game reels . I have never put line on any of my reel for all brand new. I went a little crazy LOL. I just love this cat fishing community. thanks my friend. I really love your Channel can't wait to see your next cat fishing videos. like yourself I have this deep passion for it. I need to learn to use my GoPro 4 never used it. don't know anything about editing. I will learn
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Jim Bilbrey Thank you for the kind words. I appreciate you watching my videos. I am glad you enjoy them. Good luck fishing! I hope you catch some monsters!
Jim Bilbrey
Jim Bilbrey - 3 years ago
I have a question. I have to sit on top kayaks.
I love fishing from them targeting catfish. I am learning so much from your Channel. can you recommen a fish finder / sonar depth finder. I really want to put one on my kayak. I need to be able to locate structure and depth. thank you so much. which model do you use ? and what would you recommend ?
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Jim Bilbrey I don't use an expensive, high tech model fish finder. With the type of fishing that I do, I have just never saw the need for one. All I basically need to know is the depth, water temp, and speed. I use a black and white lowrance mark 4 that I got refurbished on eBay.

The thing I rely on more than anything is the navionics app. I have the $10 version on my phone. In my opinion, that is the absolute most important piece of equipment for catfishing. If you don't have your bait on good structure, you aren't going to catch anything. The navionics app will show you all the contours of the area you are fishing and the gps function in it is pretty accurate. I mainly use my fish finder to just to correlate with the navionics app to make sure I am where I think I am on structure. A lot of guys will tell you that you need a top of the line fishfinder but personally I recommend getting the cheapest unit that you can find that will show depth, water temp, and your speed. Spend the extra money you save on the Buck Perry book series to learn how to read structure. Those books will be the best investment you ever make for fishing.
C Breeze
C Breeze - 3 years ago
very well done..thanks
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+C Breeze Thank you for watching!
Marcus Williams
Marcus Williams - 3 years ago
Great video and very informative. How long are the rods are you using?
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Marcus Williams I use 7 foot rods. Thank you for watching!
Paul Maxwell
Paul Maxwell - 3 years ago
Great information. I'm shopping for a fishing kayak myself right now. Being in the Navy, a boat really isn't in my cards just yet. Thanks for the great video and information you provided.
Cycopious
Cycopious - 3 years ago
Kayak Catfish thank you, I appreciate it!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Paul Maxwell Thank you for watching! I am glad to hear that you are looking to buy a fishing kayak. It is an awesome sport. You will love it. Thank you for your service to our country.
Terry Mayberry
Terry Mayberry - 3 years ago
Great video! very informative... i'm planning on chasing some ohio flatheads in my 12ft kayak that I picked up this year. We're only allowed two rods/angler here. keep the videos coming my friend
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Terry Mayberry Thank you for watching! I have a friend in Ohio who catches some big flatheads up there. It's a shame you all are only allowed two rods. That is a silly rule. Thank you again for watching! Good luck and tight lines!
Robert Richardson
Robert Richardson - 3 years ago
Awesome video. I learned a lot. I live in Texas and kayak catfishing is unheard of. People think I'm crazy when they see me on the water 5 miles from where I put in and I'm on a yak. I love it though. You feel like it's a closer fight.

Thanks for all the info. I'm a happy new subscriber. Thanks for the Navionics recommendation, it will be a big help.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Robert Richardson Thank you for watching! I appreciate the nice comment. It means a lot to me. Good luck down there in Texas. I hope you catch some monsters.

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Eric Blair
Eric Blair - 3 years ago
Man can't wait for spring. I'm on the Ohio river and this is going to be my first years kayak fishing for blues. Give me some more detailed tips on anchoring in current and boat control. Thanks for the great content man !
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Eric Blair Anchoring a kayak in current can be tough. I am fortunate that our current here is slow. It usually averages around 0.5mph and rarely exceeds 1mph. Be extremely cautious if you are fishing in faster flows. Things can go bad very fast. You may want to check out our Facebook group, Ultimate Kayak Catfishing. There are several guys in it who fish the Ohio and could probably give you some good advice on anchor fishing there.
Hunkered Down Outdoors
Hunkered Down Outdoors - 3 years ago
Awesome Video. I am going to PM with some questions.
Chris Carrasco
Chris Carrasco - 3 years ago
I'm a new subscriber to your Chanel, love the info.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Chris Carrasco Thank you for subscribing! I appreciate you watching.
Outdoors Junky
Outdoors Junky - 3 years ago
Great video! Very informative I'm definitely going to try to change my game, I appreciate the way you talk about the gear and the way others fish, and not telling people that your way is the only way! I am no angler but I've been dipping my stick for almost 30 years and I'm always taking notes to others!! Thanks and be safe!!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Chileno 73 Thank you for the nice comment. It is people like you that make it fun for me to make these videos and share what little knowledge I have. I appreciate you watching.
Justin Mccameron
Justin Mccameron - 3 years ago
hey man! it may be an issue of space but have you tried using the extension cord reels for anchor line? I use them in the toon and they are great for being able to just throw the anchor over and hold on and it will unwind with no effort. just a thought.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Justin Mccameron That is a great idea Justin! I will have to try that out.
Super Hank Outdoors
Super Hank Outdoors - 3 years ago
Great video very useful knowledge
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Super Hank Outdoors Thanks!
Matt Potts
Matt Potts - 3 years ago
nice! what hooks do you use ?
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
I have used them for years and never had one break. I don't personally know of anyone who has broken one either but I have read reports of it being an issue though.
Matt Potts
Matt Potts - 3 years ago
Ok cool, you haven't had a gamakatsu circle break? I've just heard a few guys talk about them breaking.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Matt Potts I am currently using 8/0 Charlie Brown circle hooks from Bottom Dwellers but I used Gamakatsu 8/0 octopus circles for years without issue.
Larry Horne
Larry Horne - 3 years ago
Nice video catching big catfish from Kayak there nothing like it. A lot of information you put out is spot on. Tight lines
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Larry Horne Thank you for watching! I really appreciate the nice comment.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+loving the wild Thank you for watching!
Fishin931 with Ron H
Fishin931 with Ron H - 3 years ago
Love your videos! I'm over in Stewart County and fish the Cumberland and the Tennessee river. Several buddies and I have started getting together and kayak catfishing.In stronger current, how are you anchoring to keep the kayak from swaying back and forth? BTW, if you are ever in our neck of the woods...
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Ron Himmelhaver That is awesome Ron! I am always glad to hear about more people getting involved in kayak catfishing. Stronger current can be sketchy. I am very fortunate that the waters I fish doesn't usually have a very strong current. TVA has to be spilling for us to have current over 1mph on the section I fish. With that said, about the only thing I could recommend is putting a drift sock off the front of your kayak. If your anchor can hold your kayak and the drift sock, that should help decrease some of that sway. And thanks for the invitation. I will keep that in mind if I ever fish over your way.
Easton McNeill
Easton McNeill - 3 years ago
Im hoping to do a little kayak cat fishing this year and was just wondering what rod/reel set up you are using here. Thanks
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Easton McNeill No problem. I'm glad to see more people getting into targeting catfish from kayaks. I will gladly help you anyway I can.
Easton McNeill
Easton McNeill - 3 years ago
Tennessee River Catfish Angler thanks for the help!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Easton McNeill Thanks for watching. I use the Ugly Stik Catfish series rods and for reels I have some abu Garcia c3 and some bass pro shop catmaxx reels. Good luck. I hope you catch some monsters in your kayak.
Black Warrior Lures
Black Warrior Lures - 3 years ago
What do you do when there is no current?
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Black Warrior Lures Sounds fun. Good luck!
Black Warrior Lures
Black Warrior Lures - 3 years ago
That's about what I was thinking. I have oars, speed sock and a trolling motor on my little 12 jon boat, so getting the speed down shouldn't be a problem for me.

I'm really wanting to try this for handline fishing. Prolly use 100 braid just to protect my hands. If not that 250 lbs mono would do it.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+Black Warrior Lures I try to plan my trips when there is going to be current whenever possible. When there isn't, such as this past summer and fall during our drought, I have been trolling and dragging baits with pretty good success. I just fish the same areas and keep my speed around 0.5mph.
Slifer
Slifer - 3 years ago
great video man!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+King Fish Thank you for watching!
John Edwards
John Edwards - 3 years ago
You should come down to Wheeler some time and we can chase some big blues from the kayak.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+John Edwards Thank you for the invite! I'm not sure if I'll be able to make it down there over the holidays but I definitely would like to fish with you at some point.

Fishing has been pretty inconsistent for me lately too. I went out on Friday and had a decent day but got skunked last night. I couldn't get a dink to even peck at my bait last night.

That's the one drawback of kayak fishing. Once you have chosen an area, you are committed to it. There is no motoring a few miles over to the next place. It is still a heck of a lot more rewarding when you do get on fish in the kayak though.
John Edwards
John Edwards - 3 years ago
more than welcome to spend the night at my place on the river. I plan on going out around Christmas. Seems like you are on a consistent bite right now. I am struggling to find fish in the kayak. Fished my usual spots over thanksgiving and nothing to show. Finally found the bait a half mile from my spots farther down the ledge but that is the trouble with kayak fishing kind of stuck on the spots you choose.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 3 years ago
+John Edwards I do hope to make it down there sometime.
Allen Sharp
Allen Sharp - 4 years ago
Great video man! Very informative! That fish was a monster!!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+Allen Sharp Thanks!
chris p
chris p - 4 years ago
nice advice! one question, how do you store some if you keep them to eat.... like 10lbs catfish
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+chris pulley I release them all. Our water here is so polluted that it isn't safe to eat anything out of it.
dumeril7
dumeril7 - 4 years ago
Thank you, that was extremely informative. I have a couple of newbie questions if you don't mind. 1) When you're drift fishing, are you dropping the bait straight down (as opposed to casting)? 2) Also when you're drifting, when you're reeling in a big cat I assume that you're just letting the fish pull you around, effectively using your whole kayak as another drag system. Is that correct?

Thanks so much for the videos! I'm learning a lot and hoping to start catfishing in a kayak next spring.
dumeril7
dumeril7 - 4 years ago
Great, I am understanding this then! Thanks again!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+dumeril7 Thanks for watching the video. I will gladly answer any questions you have. I do drop my baits straight down when drifting. To be successful using this method, you have to control the depth your bait is at. Having them directly under you is the only way to know that your baits are exactly where you want them at all times.

I do let the big fish pull me around. There is no better adrenaline rush than when a big fish doubles your rod over in the kayak. It's a heck of a ride. Like you said, the kayak basically acts as a drag system or bobber in the water.

Thank you again for watching!
Float Fish Adventure
Float Fish Adventure - 4 years ago
Great overview! Really nicely done. I love that you made a point to focus on the importance of identifying and fishing good structure. You really sold it with that fish at the end too :)
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+Tactical Kayak Angler Thanks for nice comment! I really appreciate it! My one fear of publishing this video was that I didn't emphasize the importance of fishing good structure enough. Hopefully you weren't the only one who picked up on it.
John Edwards
John Edwards - 4 years ago
Ok. I would have never thought they were sitting below those schools. Are the skipjack working the shad too
John Edwards
John Edwards - 4 years ago
Yeah I have one right now. Gonna try below wheeler dam on Saturday morning. They should start showing up on the main lake chasing the little shad with the cooler weather
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+John Edwards Skipjack have been hard to come by lately. I'm hoping when the water cools a little more that it will pick back up. My bait supply is getting really low.
M Holder
M Holder - 4 years ago
great video
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+M Holder Thank you for watching!
FISH _
FISH _ - 4 years ago
Great video!! Really well done. And awesome catch!!!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+Professor Fish I appreciate the kind words. Thank you for watching.
John Edwards
John Edwards - 4 years ago
That's a nice one right there. You found them on the ledges yet? I am gonna go try wheeler next Sunday. Water has been way to warm for this time of year
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+John Edwards This time of year there are big schools of shad everywhere here. They are easy to find. You can see them up near the surface.
John Edwards
John Edwards - 4 years ago
Interesting. How are you finding the bait on the flats. My portion of wheeler the flats extend for half mile on one side and over a mile on the other. The flats are 35 feet the whole way too. I really struggle fishing in warm water
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+John Edwards My best success lately has come from drifting drop offs adjacent to flats that are full of bait. Water temps are still 76 here
Adrian Grimaldo
Adrian Grimaldo - 4 years ago
right on that's awesome will be looking forward on your next video , how to throw a cast net from your kayak. thanks for the piece of mind.
Adrian Grimaldo
Adrian Grimaldo - 4 years ago
thanks Tennessee River catfish Angler. looking forward on your next video thanks again.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+Adrian Grimaldo I have and I'm actually planning on doing a video on how to do it from a kayak. It's not too difficult as long as you have a kayak stable enough to stand in and a small cast net. I use a 4 foot net. It would probably be a lot harder with a bigger net though.
Adrian Grimaldo
Adrian Grimaldo - 4 years ago
I do have a question, have you ever thrown a casting net from your kayak and if so how difficult it was.
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+Adrian Grimaldo Thank you for watching. I appreciate the support.
GOON7652
GOON7652 - 4 years ago
sub'd. and i will be trying this on priest very soon..
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+gooner Thanks for watching! Good luck out there!
Christopher Parker
Christopher Parker - 4 years ago
which part of tennessee river?
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+Christopher Parker It's the most fun way to catch them for sure.
Christopher Parker
Christopher Parker - 4 years ago
awesome. lots of work from a kayak, but looks sobrewarding
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+Christopher Parker I fish Fort Loudon and Watts Bar
Adrian Grimaldo
Adrian Grimaldo - 4 years ago
awesome video thanks for all your techniques and tactics definitely can't wait to put them to good use the next time I go out kayak catfishing.Thanks again
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+Adrian Grimaldo Thanks for watching! I hope you put these techniques to good use. Good luck out there!
Richardson Outdoors
Richardson Outdoors - 4 years ago
what rods are you using?
Richardson Outdoors
Richardson Outdoors - 4 years ago
+Tennessee River Catfish Angler even better!!!!!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+suicyderider Mine are just the cheap $30 model
Richardson Outdoors
Richardson Outdoors - 4 years ago
+Tennessee River Catfish Angler i use ugly stik tiger and tiger lite.. which model is yours? im thinkin about getting 2 striper rods from them also
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+suicyderider I use ugly Stiks. A lot of people don't like them but I have used them for 15+ years without issue
Panfish
Panfish - 4 years ago
19:08 ohh man that is a NICE fish!
Kayak Catfish
Kayak Catfish - 4 years ago
+Panfish Thanks!
Panfish
Panfish - 4 years ago
Great video!

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