Big Catfish Tip is a series of tips and techniques for catching more catfish. Today’s tip comes from Larry Muse and it is as simple as using the right equipment.
Get You Some
You may think you have plenty of rods and reels, but this tip from Larry Muse may make you think that you need another pole. Muse tells an interesting story about his stepdad, Frank Meador, and his sailfish poles.
“My step daddy, Frank Meador, started fishing some tournaments with us. He brought his own poles because he liked left-handed reels. He had an old Penn Senator on a 5-foot 6-inch rod. The rod had rollers guides on it like deep sea poles. We’d be fishing along and we look over there and say, ‘Pop you are getting a bite on your sailfish pole.’”
Overtime it seemed Pop was catching fish pretty regular. “I don’t know what it is,” Muse told his fishing partner and step-brother, Dino Meador, “but I think we better order us a couple of those sailfish poles.”
Team Muse/Meador did just that. They got them some sailfish poles for their own use. “When we fished those poles in the World Championship of Catfishing we won second place,” reported Muse. “All our big fish in that tournament came off those sailfish poles. Something good was going on.”
Muse speculated that it was the rollers that made big catfish hang on to the bait a little longer. “When we suspend over fish, sometimes they will load that rod and then turn it loose. There is something they don’t like. I think those big fish are actually feeling the grit in that braided line on rods with conventional guides. When they load that pole with the roller on it I don’t think they feel it. Big fish will take that pole with the roller guides when they won’t take nothin’ else. They are really smoother and I really think that is what the deal is.”
Larry Muse is a frequent competitor in Ken Freemans, Big Cat Quest. He is sponsored by Big Cat Quest, Bass Pro Shops, Daiichi Hooks, Driftmaster Rod Holders, Abu Garcia, Pure Fishing and Jim Bishop Toyota.