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Formerly Catfishing Radio: Chad Ferguson from Catfish Edge discusses catfish fishing (catfishing) and reveals killer tips, tricks, tactics and techniques to help you catch more and bigger catfish on your next fishing trip! Learn the secrets to success when fishing for catfish including tackle and gear information, techniques for locating and catching catfish, gear reviews and information, the latest news, how to locate and catch catfish and more. Chad Ferguson has spent a lifetime fishing for catfish and has been a professional catfish guide in Texas for over 13 years. Learn from his experience as a professional catfishing guide and get on the fast track to catfish fishing success. Join guests on the Catfish Edge podcast including other fishing guides, catfish tournament pros and top industry experts and get the Catfish Edge. Chad founded the Catfishing Radio podcast from Learn To Catch Catfish and the Catfish Edge podcast picks up where Catfishing Radio left off. if you like to fish for catfish then the Catfish Edge podcast is for you!

The Catfish Edge catfish fishing podcast is on the cutting edge of catfishing. Learn the latest catfish fishing tips, tricks, and techniques from professional catfish guides and the nations top tournament anglers. Hosted by Chad Ferguson a Texas based professional catfish guide who brought you Learn To Catch Catfish and Catfishing Radio the Catfish Edge podcast picks up where Catfishing Radio left off. If you like to fish for catfish and want to get the latest information on how to locate and catch catfish and get on the cutting edge of catfish fishing then the Catfish Edge podcast is for you.

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Bank Fishing For Catfish Tips, Plus Four Common Mistakes [Podcast Best Of]
I get emails and messages from people constantly wanting more information on bank fishing for catfish (catfishing from the shore or without a catfish boat) . If you’re a catfish angler that fishes from a boat, listen to this show also because there’s still some great information in this show that will help you in your quest to catch more and bigger catfish. This show is one of the “Catfishing Radio” podcasts being moved from the old site as a “Best Of” episode for the Catfish Edge podcast. Bank Fishing For Catfish Tips Podcast Here’s what’s covered in this “Best Of” Catfish Edge podcast. I start by covering the spring blue catfish bite and how the fishing is really heating up. If you plan on fishing for catfish this spring you need to check out the Spring Blue Catfish Techniques program. Four Common Mistakes Bank Fishing Catfish Anglers Make Next I move into the topic of bank fishing or shore fishing for catfish covering information on blue catfish, channel catfish and flathead catfish and some of the most common mistakes I see anglers make when they’re shore fishing (this really applies to all species of fish not just cats). Fishing Where The Fish Aren’t I talk about learning seasonal patterns of the fish and bait fish (like threadfin shad and gizzard shad) and how these seasonal movements affect the fish. I also talk in depth about anglers that chose a fishing location as a matter of convenience instead of choosing a fishing location based on where the fish should be, and how doing a little work and putting some extra effort into your fishing can pay off in a huge way. Choosing Your Fishing Location I talk about using the knowledge of fishing patterns and catfishing techniques and finding good locations to fish. Using tools like the Navionics app, Navionics Hotmaps and Google Maps you can find areas to fish are not over pressured and also have access to the depths and structure you need to fish based on the seasonal movement of catfish. Catfish Tackle I talk about using the right catfish rods, catfish reels and catfish rigs based on the areas you are fishing, where the fish are and what depth of water you need to be fishing and how specialized equipment and rod holders can give you access to not only make really long casts but also cover a lot of water. This gives you the ability to get to fish you might otherwise not be able to get to. Getting Off The Bank Last but not least I cover some cheap ways to get off the shore and out in the water so you can get to the fish without buying an expensive boat and you can really get access to some amazing areas to fish, some that cannot even be accessed by big boats. An Angler Kayak can be picked up new relatively cheap or even used on websites like Craigslist for a couple of hundred dollars. A Belly Boat or Float Tube is also a cheap option to get you access to some great fishing areas for next to nothing and can also be found used. There’s a lot of inexpensive options to find a way to get to the fish. If you haven’t done so already make sure you subscribe to the Catfish Edge podcast on iTunes and be sure to take a few quick minutes to write a review and leave a rating on the podcast. Want More If you’d like to get on the fast track to catching more and bigger catfish then check out some of the Catfish Edge products. The recently released Transition Cats video will help you locating and catching catfish right now as the seasons change and Spring Blue Catfish Techniques will cover everything you need to know for the remainder of the spring. The time will also be coming very soon to turn your attention to the red hot channel catfish bite covered in Summer Channel Catfish Techniques. I fish with the Secret Catfish Rig during this time and target numbers of channel catfish with punch bait for fast paced action and lots of catfish. The Catfish Edge podcast is available for download in iTunes. Click here to Subscribe. If you’re using an Android device the best way to listen to the podcast is through Stitcher The post Bank Fishing For Catfish Tips, Plus Four Common Mistakes [Podcast Best Of] appeared first on Catfish Edge: Cutting Edge Catfishing.
Three Reasons You Can’t Catch Winter Time Shad [EP4]
I was on the lake a couple of weeks ago after I dropped my clients off and good friend came to fish with me for a few hours. As I left the boat ramp I noticed a young man throwing a cast net off in the distance. He was in a rather odd location to catch shad and he was throwing a TINY cast net. I pulled up to the area where I was going to fish and anchored my boat. I watched him in the distance for the better part of 45 minutes throwing again and again. At one point he idled past me and I noticed he had a small child in the boat with him. He pulls up to another location and starts throwing again and again. I couldn’t stand to watch him any more. I pulled about 100 yards off from where we’d been fishing, spotting a large ball of shad on my sonar, threw the cast net and filled up a three gallon bucket with large threadfin shad with two throws. I then idled over to this young mans boat and gave him a big ziplock bag full of shad. About ten days later as I was headed in at the end of my trip I spotted him again, in the same area, throwing over and over again. I dropped my clients off and went back out to catch bait for my trip the next morning. I threw a couple of extra times, got plenty of extra threadfin shad and gizzard shad and idled back over to him again and passed him a big gallon bag of shad. This time, I started questioning him on what he was doing and why, and offered some advice on locating and catching shad. I received an email from him a week later thanking me, along with a picture of a big bucket full of shad. All it took to get this young man on the right track was the right tools, and a little education. I looked at his cast net and explained to him why it wasn’t working for him, and showed him the screen of my Humminbird sonar unit. I showed him some screenshots of shad and what they looked like on sonar and tweaked the settings on his fish finder for him so he’d be able to better tell what was below his boat. Winter Time Shad Woes This time of year shad becomes a “hot topic” and everyone’s talking about how hard it is and complaining about how they can’t catch bait. The truth is, you can catch winter shad, but “blind luck” is not going to take you far in the winter. During much of the year you can get out on the water and throw your cast net a few times and catch some bait. The shad is usually scattered enough that you’ll catch a few here and there (with enough work) that you’ll at least catch enough fresh bait to fish with. Winter Time Shad: All Or None During the winter catching shad is more of an “all or none” deal. If you throw in the right location you’ll have more bait than you need, but you have to be precise. If you’re randomly throwing your cast net to try and catch bait you’re not going to be successful. Three Reasons You Can’t Catch Winter Shad Here’s the three reasons I see people having way more difficulty than they should catching winter shad. I can’t begin to stress how important it to not only make sure you have fresh bait but that you put the time and effort into to learning how to locate and pattern shad. There’s no argument that fresh caught shad is one of the top baits for catching blue catfish. 1. Using The Wrong Cast Net This is the number one reason people go wrong catching shad in the winter and cannot catch bait. During much of the year you can “get by” with a tiny little cast net (I call them Tonka Toy nets). You’ll have to throw much more with a smaller net than you will with a larger net but in most instances you’ll be able to catch some bait. You can also get by with a light weight cast net during much of the year as well, but not in the winter. To be successful catching shad in the coldwater period you have to use the right tools. The right tools will make or break you. Here’s what I tell people about cast nets…… You can dig a huge hole with a small gardening spade. It might take you a while, it might be painful and difficult but if you work at it long enough you can dig a huge hole. You can dig that very same hole with a shovel. It’s going to be faster. It’s still going to be a lot of work, but the shovel will work much faster than the gardening spade. Now, if you get a backhoe, you’ll be able to dig that same hole in a matter of minutes and it’s not going to be much work at all. Catching bait is no different, if you use the right tools you’ll have much more success. The small lightweight nets you use much of the year will catch you some bait if you spend enough time throwing it, but your results are going to be minimal and there is going to be a LOT of work involved. Choose the right cast net and you’ll catch more shad much faster and it’s going to be much less work. The basics to choosing the right winter cast nets are: Use a cast net that’s the largest legal size you can throw. Use a cast net with a larger mesh size (larger mesh sinks faster) Use a heavier weight net that weighs 1.5 pounds per foot. There’s much more in depth information here on choosing the right cast net and preparing a cast net to help you catch more shad. Combine this with these simple tips to help you catch more shad and you’ll instantly have more success. 2. Choosing The Wrong Location To Throw Your Cast Net During the fall, spring and summer shad are often scattered in many different locations. It’s common to find bait in every depth of the lake, or at least most of them and because of this “blind luck” often pays off. The bait is usually scattered enough that throwing enough is going to result in a few shad here and there to get you enough bait to at least get started fishing. Catching shad in the winter doesn’t work like this. The bait is in large dense schools in specific locations that require you to be right on top of them to catch them. When you use the right tools and get in the right location, you’ll load your net up. When you use the wrong tools or are not in the exact right location, you’ll get nothing. You can easily catch shad from a boat or from the shore in the cold water period, you just have to do the work and get in the right location and make sure you’re right on top of them. When you do this you’ll have more bait than you need. 3. You’re Lazy That’s right, I just called you lazy, don’t take offense to it because if you think about it you’ll realize it’s true. I call it like I see it though and being lazy is one of the major reasons I see people not catching shad in the winter months. If you’re going to be lazy, then quit whining about not having bait. You need to be in the exact right location, you need to put forth some extra time and some extra effort to locate and catch shad. That means you can’t be lazy about locating and catching bait. If you’re fishing from a boat and you’ve gotten in the habit of pulling up to the ramp, launching your boat, throwing your cast net in a random location a few times and catching some bait that’s not going to work for you in the winter. Now it’s cold, the shad aren’t scattered around and you still try that. You’re not catching bait and because you didn’t load your bait bucket up in two throws your whining about it. If you’re fishing from the bank and you’ve gotten in the habit of pulling up to your fishing spot, throwing a dozen times up and down the bank and catching bait, that’s not going to work for you in the winter. You’re going to have to plan ahead, you’re going to have to put forth some extra effort, and you might even have to go a little bit out of your way to load up on bait but you can easily catch shad from the shore it if you put forth the effort. It just might not be in the same place you plan on fishing. You need to plan ahead, you need to allow some extra time and you need to put forth some effort while your learning. Stop relying on frozen shad too because your not doing yourself any favors in your efforts to catch catfish. How To Catch Shad The bottom line is that you can catch your own shad in the cold water period, you just need to use the right tools to catch them, you need to be in the right location and you need to put forth a little extra effort to catch them. If you’re willing to learn and put forth the effort, you’ll be loading your bait bucket with shad in the dead of winter from a boat or from the bank and you’ll be catching plenty of blue catfish. To get more in depth information on locating and catching shad check out the free preview of the How To Catch Shad ebook from Catfish Edge. You’ll learn everything you need to know about choosing the right cast net, how to set your cast net up for success, how to throw it, and some sure fire tips to help you get started finding and catching bait. Mentioned in this podcast: Choosing a Cast Net How To Throw a Cast Net How To Catch More Shad Catching Shad eBook Fishfinder Installation Tips Chad Ferguson Signature Series Catfish Rod SeaArk ProCat 240 . .. The Catfish Edge podcast is available for download in iTunes. Click here to Subscribe. If you’re using an Android device the best way to listen to the podcast is through Stitcher The post Three Reasons You Can’t Catch Winter Time Shad [EP4] appeared first on Catfish Edge: Cutting Edge Catfishing.
Choose The Right Cast Net, You’ll Catch More Catfish Bait [EP3]
Choose the right cast net and your quest to catch bait will be much easier. Choose the wrong one and you’ll have to work much harder (or you might not catch any shad at all). Using the right tool makes a difference with any job and it’s true when catching shad also. You wouldn’t try to drill a hole with a hammer, using the wrong cast net is no different. Using the wrong net will slow down your results getting bait or at times make it impossible to catch shad. There are times when the net you use won’t make much difference. But there are times when the wrong net will make it very difficult, or even impossible to catch shad. If you’ll use the right tools at the right time catching shad will be much easier. Before I get into the specifics on choosing a cast net, it’s important to understand the different parts of a cast net. As you learn about how the size and weight of each part impacts your ability to catch shad, this is critical. Parts Of a Cast Net How To Choose a Cast Net (And Get The Right One) Again the wrong tools at certain times will mean no bait. This is especially true in the winter. Here are some notes that summarize the information covered in the podcast as well as links to some cast nets online. Make sure you keep this information in mind before you buy your first cast net (or your next one). Here’s a summary of the information covered in the podcast. 1. Check Your Local Laws  Make sure it is legal to use a cast net to catch shad and learn what the largest size net you can use is. 2. Choose The Right Size Cast Net Get the largest legal size you can throw in your state. 3. Nylon Or Monofilament Cast Net, Which Is Better? Mono does not absorb water and it tangles less than monofilament. Monofilament sinks faster in the water than nylon. Always buy nets made of monofilament. Monofilament is less visible in the water also. 4. Stay Away From “Gimmicks”  You don’t need rings or throwers or any extra junk to help you throw. Just buy a plain cast net and stay away from nets that have throwing rings and other gimmicks built into them and by all means don’t get suckered into buying one of these items from a third party and adding it to your cast net. 5. Choose The Right Mesh Size This is the size of the spacing of the mesh in the net. Mesh size impacts the size of baitfish that you can catch and how quickly the net sinks in the water.  1/4 Inch Mesh – Stay away from these. These are really for catching very small baits like ghosts minnows. These sink really slow which will be an issue in deeper water. 3/8 Inch Mesh –  This is a good average size for catching bait. It will catch small shad and you will have fewer issues with fish being “gilled” (their heads stuck in the net). You’ll catch bigger shad and all of the smaller shad with this mesh size. This is a good mesh size for when the bait is not in deeper water and if you want smaller baits. The biggest problem with a net this size is you will still catch lots of very small shad (which is why I don’t use a 3/8 inch mesh). 1/2 Inch Mesh – The larger the mesh the faster the net sinks. Smaller shad will get gilled in the net and some will swim through the net.  This is the smallest net size I throw because I prefer not to use the shad smaller than a few inches long. When bait is not really deep a 1/2 inch mesh is my choice. 5/8 Inch Mesh –  This will sink faster than the 3/8 or 1/2 inch mesh. More smaller shad will get gilled and swim through the net. When bait is really deep a 5/8” mesh is my choice. Nets with mesh sizes that are larger than these sizes listed are available but these are the sizes you really need to know about. 6. Choose The Right Weight Weight is measured in pounds per foot. The pounds per foot impacts how fast the net sinks. This is amount of weight per foot of braille line. Heavier nets sink faster but are more work to throw. Lighter nets sink slower and are less work to throw. The Size and Weight Of Your Cast Net Matters! Get the largest legal size you can throw in your state. If there are no rules use at least 7 Ft or 8 Foot. The bigger the net the better, especially when bait is deeper The Best Cast Net Choices: 3/8” Mesh .75 Lbs Per Foot – When bait is in shallower water is more than sufficient, you just have to deal with catching all of the smaller “button” shad. 1/2” Mesh 1.0 Lbs Per Foot – This is the minimum I throw. It eliminates catching all the small shad and has a good sink rate. This is a good net for the majority of the year.  5/8” Mesh 1.5 Lbs Per Foot – This will sink the fastest, smaller shad will swim through but it will sink faster due to the combination of the mesh and weight. This is the best option for catching shad in deeper water. For brands I prefer Fitec Super Spreader Cast Nets for higher end nets. These are great nets and open really well.  Fitec Cast Nets, My “Go To” Nets Fitec is my “go to” brand for higher end cast nets. These nets are hand made so they throw better than the inexpensive nets. Even though they cost a little more up front they save me a lot of money in the long run. Fitec Super Spreader Cast Nets they’re tough and throw really well. They’re the best cast nets I’ve ever used. Cast Nets For Warmer Months (General Purpose Cast Net) Good Option: 3/8” Mesh .75 Lbs Per Foot Better Option: 3/8 “ Mesh 1.0 Lb Per Foot Best Option: 1/2 “Mesh 1.0 Lbs Per Foot For The Coldwater Period (Winter) 1/2” Mesh 1.5 Lbs Per Foot 5/8” Mesh 1.5 Lbs Per Foot Once you’ve got the right cast net make sure to take some extra time and get it ready for first time use. You’ll catch more bait and the net will last longer also. Catching Shad For Catfish Bait Learning how to locate and catch shad is essential to targeting blue catfish, having the right net will help you catch more bait and learning how to locate shad will also help you catch more catfish because blue catfish are a lot like teenage boys. To get more in depth information on locating and catching shad check out the How To Catch Shad ebook from Catfish Edge. The How To Catch Shad ebook covers everything you need to know about locating and catching shad in simple easy to follow instructions based on my experience as a pro catfish guide and one of the many Catfish Edge “How To Catch Catfish” products. . .. The Catfish Edge podcast is available for download in iTunes. Click here to Subscribe. .   The post Choose The Right Cast Net, You’ll Catch More Catfish Bait [EP3] appeared first on Catfish Edge: Cutting Edge Catfishing.
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Mar 6th, 2014
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Mar 27th, 2015
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