Big Catfish Tip is a series of tips and techniques for catching more catfish. Today’s tip comes from Keith “Catfish” Sutton. It makes too much sense not to consider.
Are you killing your chances to catch a catfish by engagine in simple behavior that can be managed? Here’s a catfishing tip from Keith “Catfish” Sutton to help you put more whiskerfish in the boat. Sutton is a catfish fanatic and outdoor writer. He has been helping anglers catch more and bigger catfish for years through his books and articles. He has a lot of sage advice to offer when it comes to catching catfish for fun or for the dinner table.
Sutton’s tip is to always avoid handling or getting on your hands sunscreen, insect repellent, gasoline or tobacco products. “Studies done by Dr. John Caprio at LSU show catfish senses, particularly the senses of taste and smell, can detect even minuscule amounts of these things, which they avoid,” reported Sutton. “Even less than a drop that accidentally gets on your bait can lead to avoidance by whiskerfish, and you’ll go home without so much as a nibble.”
Sutton actually experimented with the substances named in the studies. “Since Caprio shared that information with me, I’ve done my own tests with all those items,” continued Sutton. “Even a tiny bit of any of those items on a piece of bait will negate a bite entirely. I truly believe this is one of the primary reasons many folks fail to catch cats on some trips. They fail to take into account the catfish’s turbocharged senses.”
Anglers can find more catfish tips and related information at catfishsutton.com, including his latest book, “Hardcore Catfishing: Beyond the Basics.”