Set lining has been a popular method of catching catfish for many years. It doesn’t matter if you are fishing with bank lines, limb lines or log lines, they all give you the opportunity to fight a fish on a very short line without a rod & reel. Yes, it is exciting and it’s my favorite way of fishing for catfish. The basics start with research, look for rivers or lakes that are holding good populations of catfish. If you are after trophy fish, then fish waters that are known to produce large fish.
The next step after picking a river or lake is to survey it and find the hot spots within that system of water. Now that you have picked your spots you will need to determine what kind of set line would be best for each spot.
Then select your bait. We prefer to catch flatheads, therefore, we use live fish for bait. If you are after channels or blues you might prefer a dead or cut bait. Talk to folks in your area to find out what baits are working for them. After your lines are set and baited, you wait. One great thing about set lines is that they are patient, they don’t real in and out and make lots of noise.
For more in depth information on set line fishing be sure to pick up our video “Set Lining for Catfish”. Set lining is a complex art but we will show you how to become a successful set line fisherman. In this video you will learn things that have taken us years to learn. You can never know it all and we continue to learn more each and every year and will continue to share this information with all our fellow fisherman.