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Drift Fishing for Catfish

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Drift Fishing for Catfish

Daryl and Jason Masingale say it can take time to learn how to drift, but once mastered it can be one of the best ways to catch big catfish.

Drifting is a great way to catch catfish. Drifters on the Mississippi River might suggest a stiff and sensitive graphite rod held in-hand, while an angler who drifts big reservoirs in South Carolina might prefer moderate-action E-glass rods fished in rod holders. Many anglers say it’s critical to have lines trailing at 45-degree angle behind the boat, while others drift with lines perpendicular and baits directly under the boat. Drifting for cats means different things around the country, but certainly, each of these setups are efficient cat-catchers.

“There’s back-bouncing, dragging, and vertical drifting,” says Jason Masingale, who with his brother Daryl...

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