There is nothing tastier than a properly fried up catfish for dinner.
However, the proponents of good health frown on the use of fried and the connotations of oil and the health risks associated with it all that.
This writer is not such a food snob. Going to a rural restaurant and ordering a plate of catfish, biscuits hushpuppies is one of the great taste treats on earth, and you should try it at least once before you die. The feel of real Americana is in every bite.
Now, after that, you are hooked, as it were after eating such a meal. You might want to catch your own catfish yourself and start making catfish a regular part of your family meals. Well, that’s what the rest of this article is about. Letting you learn the secret of catching catfish without a rod and real.
We are going to go back to the frontier days and see how this fish was caught, using fish traps, and a rather ingenious method concocted by the writer’s grandfather as well. Then you’ll see how fish traps have evolved into a cottage industry that is still being done today and for some it is a quite profitable business as well. When you are finished, reading you will have the resources to build your own Catfish traps and then take home enough catfish to satisfy that catfish craving that secretly lurks within all of us.
The Catfish has been fished for thousands of years and…
Our ancestors were not always around to wade into the water to catch their fish. Nets were the used in coastal areas, but again it require an onsite presence to ensure the fish made it home to hearth and fire. However, enterprising individuals learned to made fish traps. The early ones were made by creating a funnel followed by a second funnel that fed into the trap/holding area.
It seems even the wily catfish, talked about by writers along the Mississippi, can be snookered by some bait and a funnel. They go in, but for some reason, they cannot find their way back out again.
This is the whole secret of the catfish trap.
So, now it is up to you to decide to choose which fish trap to use. We have taken the liberty to break them down by types that are commonly used with instructions on how to build them.
The Indian or survival Catfish trap.
This fish trap is taught in the boy scouts, Army, Navy, and other special services that may find themselves in situations where they may have to live off the land. You take some willow branches and strip the bark from one to make some cordage to tie things up with at one end, and then you create a hoop form that shapes them into a cone shape. You then weave more bark stripes through the branches to finish the funnel.
Here you can find exact instructions on how to do it for yourself. http://willowhavenoutdoor.com/featured-wilderness-survival-blog-entries/how-to-make-a-primitive-funnel-fish-trap-that-keep-on-giving/
Here we have a video as well that show you how to make a variation of the trap as well.
They may be primitive, but they work, and you can live large with having a ready source of fish whenever you want it.
Trash can often be used to create a ready source of fresh fish daily
First, we create a small fish trap to catch the bait for our larger trap. This can be done with an empty 1-liter bottle, and following the instructions, you find here.
You will get some smaller fish for your larger trap.
The larger trap’s size depends on the size of fish you are going after.
Here you make a larger variation to make to get your catfish with no effort on your part. The size of the fish will decide how big the plastic bottle you will use.
PVC Tubes make an excellent trap as well
With this technique, you get the diameter tube you want to use for the size of catfish you are looking for. We will show you that in a minute. However, the problem is creating the funnel trap that stops them from getting back out again.
Well, this can be solved with a simple 5-gallon bucket.
Another method is this one.
Remember that the PVC tube that you will use for the trap must be 3 to 4 times the length of the fish you are trying to trap. It is quite simple to make and use as shown here.
The Venerable Slat Trap
This trap can be round like a cylinder or resemble an old packing crate where the slats and are more open to the water. This trap has been in use down south for many years, and you can even buy them on E-Bay if you do not want to DIY.
Some enterprising fishermen get so much use out of their traps that they even advertise on them and make a business out of selling them to customers.
Here are we have linked you to a video that shows you how to make your own.
They are highly efficient, and you can take in a lot of fish. However, you need to check with the laws where you live as in some areas Catfish trapping is illegal or your trap must conform to a certain set size and where you can place them. For example, in some states, wouldn’t let you put one 100 feet of the mouth of a tributary stream.
You may also need to get a special tags, permits, and licenses to use these traps as well.
Now, how do you get the catfish to get into the trap?
In our section on Slat Catfish Traps, the article says “Smelly Cheese” is the secret. Our friends from Cambodia use a mixture of Fish heads, entrails, bran, and a herb. Since you may not have access to the herb, you could just use the ground up baitfish you catch with your small bottle trap.
We, however, prefer to go with the traditional “Smelly Cheese” approach and we have a video that will let you DIY it yourself.
Catfish love the stuff, and you will find whichever trap you use will provide you an ample supply of catfish for your next Friday night dinner or weekend “Fish-Fry.”
We have not touched on net traps or wire mesh ones as they follow the same principles that the other catfish traps follow. Since most of them require kits, netting, and frames, they do not fit into the DIY framework we are using in this article. There is one Catfish trap we have saved for last. That is the one that the writer’s grandfather used to great effect, upon the Fox Fiver.
It required a long length of fishing line with shorter pieces of line with hooks on them. A large Rubber band was tied at the end of the line and then looped around a large rock.
The other end was secured to a small pole with a bell on it to a pier post. The rock was then rowed into position making the main line taunt. The hooks were baited with “Smelly Cheese, in” and everything was left alone.
When the catfish took the bait, the bell rang. The writer’s grandfather pulled the line in, and the catfish was reeled in, the hook was baited, and the rubber band pulled the line back out under the water to wait for the next fish how was hungry. We went in to clean it and fry it up in a pan.
So, now you too, can trap some catfish for yourself with your Catfish Trap. Next, you just need to bone up on your cooking skills and then you are set for some of the greatest food on earth.
About the Author
I’m Tomothy Jackson, an adventure, survival writer. I want to help readers by sharing my experiences camping, trekking, hiking and fishing. I hope to inspire others to fully explore the depths of their passion.