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Fishing Rodeo Part 3

We checked out our spots, we got our bait…now it’s time to head to the river!

It’s time to bait our big hooks with live bait. You want the big fish, you use the big bait!

Let’s talk about the hooks we need to use.

To start with, too big of a hook is too heavy. Too small of a hook may not hold the fish you are looking for.  You have to find one that’s just right.

The best hook I’ve found is a 11/0 or 12/0 Circle C. I personally use a 200 lb test mono-filament for my drops on my trot line. Your equipment determines the fish you’ll catch.

When fishing a preferred spot, don’t put all your eggs in one basket. In other words, don’t put all your hooks in that one spot. Go to more than one area and scatter your lines.

Now that we have learned what equipment to use, what kind of bait to catch, what hooks to use…it’s time to fish.

And to bring our catch to the Harbormaster for weigh-in.

For 11 years, I’ve been the Mississippi Deep Sea Fishing Rodeo Freshwater Catfish Division Champion with my highest weight of one 74.3 lb catfish. But it’s a new year and there are many looking to knock me off my spot.

I get to the weigh-in and…

(to be continued)

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