Bullhead Catfish – Catching Summer Bullhead

Posted April 11, 2015 by AJ Hauser | Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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What we have here is a small pond that I like to bass fish occasionally… but… it’s really choked out with weeds this year. We have a thick mat of vegetation all the way to the surface – we also heavy lily pads all the way around the edge, and… it’s really actually pretty difficult to get access to the shore because the weeds around the edge of the pond are so high. So what we’re going to do this morning is we’re going to try to catch some bullhead, and it’s a pretty simple process:

Good ‘ol fashioned bobber fishing.

What we have here is a 7 foot one medium action spinning rod. We’ve got, fluorocarbon line actually on this reel already. We’re going to go from a bobber stop, to a bead, to a bobber, another bead just to keep that bobber from getting hung up on the stop or on this swivel – we’ve got a swivel right here. And the reason we have that [below the bobber] is because it will help prevent line twist which just becomes a hassle – especially when using a spinning outfit. And then this leader line here is actually monofilament. We’re using mono filament because it’s actually a little more buoyant than fluorocarbon, and we want it to sit on top of any of this matted vegetation when we toss this out there. And then we’re just using a worm – so – pretty straightforward rig. We’re going to put it in a rod holder, and I’m actually going to try to bass fish a bit while we’re waiting for a bullhead. So… that’s it.

The 7 foot rod might seem like overkill – but like I mentioned the shore has so much growth on it you actually have to reach over – I mean we’re like 5 feet up from the water too which makes it kind of difficult. So the things like the long rod, the monofilament, the swivel it’s overkill kind of – do you need all that stuff no but like I said anything you can do to kind of simplify your life when you’re actually out here, and make it easier – uh, I think is worthwhile. So it took a little bit longer to set up… there’s so many variables that go against you when you’re doing this stuff anyway – any preparation is well worth it I think.

That’s all we’re looking for right there is little guys like that. So, what we want to do is get back in there quickly – if one smelled it and came over to eat it chances are a couple came over… so we’re going to see if one takes it we’re just going to let him set the hook on himself.

I pulled it right out of his mouth. You never want to snap it – anytime you snap it on a hook set you run the chance of just popping it right out of his mouth.

It’s pretty much a game of hurry up and wait. All I’m doing periodically is pulling my rod a little bit or pulling my line, so I can see that worm swing up just to make sure it’s not buried down in that vegetation. Other than that it’s just cast and wait. So, we’ll see if I can get a couple more.

So just to give you an idea, I put the camera down I quit worrying about the camera, and I just fished for about 30 minutes and I caught 4 and missed about 4 more. So, it works you just have to be patient and take your time, um, let them set the hook on themselves if you can. Don’t pull it out of their mouths because they have little mouths, but most of the time – all 4 of these guys set the hook on themselves.

Just be patient and stick with it, you’ll catch some bullhead.

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AJ Hauser is an outdoor enthusiast located in Illinois. He guides for fun in his free time and is always looking for new friends to go on trips with. He is also a partner at The Hauser Design Group - a web development and branding firm, and he would love to hear from you.

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