We haven’t had much here where I live in Southeast Texas lately but a couple of weeks ago we had two days of solid rain.
Once I saw the ditch across the street filling up I knew it was time to hit the bayou down the road and soak some chicken liver for some catfish. Savvy anglers know catfish feed in an almost frenzy-like state in the rain and throughout my life I have found this to be almost like a law of nature. It as reliable as gravity.
Look for areas where you have a lot of run-off into a creek or bayou. The added nutrients from the flow stimulate the senses of catfish and get them super hungry. Lots of bait works but I have found two to be the best: chicken liver and dead shrimp. Set some lines out under floats and a couple on the bottom. I have always found it best to put as many lines out as possible to create a mini trotline effect. Of course I do this in virtually any kind of fishing but with catfish it seems to fit.
I do most of my catfish hunting from the bank and try to find areas on the bayou where you have a nice curve that breaks the flow of water. This usually creates an eddie and without exception these spots tend to produce the most bites.
By Chester Moore, Jr.
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