When you are bottom/still fishing from a jet ski, keeping your line still is critical to success. To keep your jet ski from moving with the current or wind, cast two separate anchors on either side of your jet ski, or my favorite, tie off to brush or any other stable object in the water. Find several promising holes that may hold catfish, and drop your lines here. You can also cast to good-looking catfish spots. To do this, anchor your jet ski into a position where you can quickly cast your line into the desired area. Castyourbait, and wait for a bite.
Most of the time I am locating catfish by bank contour and visible structure. This is not saying I don’t fish in wide open water over drop-offs, creek channels and brush at times.
When fishing in current or windy conditions, position your jet ski 10 to 15 yards upriver or into the wind from your target area. Position anchors on the bottom at the front and back of the PWC and on the side you do not intend to fish from. Slowly let out anchor line until the jet ski has drifted within casting distance to the target area. Give both anchor lines a swift pull to tip the anchors onto their sides, this will help keep your jet ski steadier than anchoring directly below the jet ski.
Remember to always keep a few sharp knives close by at all times. I like to tie 2 to 3 knives in sheaths around the jet ski. These come in handy for cutting bait and cutting anchor lines in an emergency. Water conditions can change quickly especially when fishing in river systems below locks and dams. If you find yourself in trouble due to turbulent water conditions, barges, or weather, do not hesitate to cut the anchor and move to the safe area.
Also, I will give you a few tips on Channel catfish. A good food supply is not usually a problem for Channel catfish because they are omnivorous (will feed on both plant and animal.) This allows them to easily adapt their eating habits to the food supply in the environment they live in.
Smaller Catfish often prey on insect larvae and invertebrates, such as clams and snails, while catfish over 16 inches feast on live and dead fish. Catfish also change their feeding habits based on the season.
In the spring and summer, algae, crayfish, small fish, worms, insects, and other animals and plants often become part of their diet. In the fall, frogs and fish are preferred. Channel catfish are able to adapt for survival during colder winter months, by feeding on both live and dead fish at the bottom of their habitat. Knowing the feeding habits of the Channel catfish in the area you are fishing in will help you choose the right bait to use, depending on the season you are fishing in.
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