Catfish Basics #002 – Bumping Bottom

Bumping Bottom is an interactive approach to catfishing that allows anglers to cover different depths and different locations quickly. “You are always holding the rod and always fishing,” says George Young, Jr. “Using this method I have fewer hang-ups and a better strike to catch ratio.”

George Young Jr. is shown bumping the Mississippi a few days before his Mississippi River Monsters tournament in Memphis.

George Young Jr. is shown bumping the Mississippi a few days before his Mississippi River Monsters tournament in Memphis.

“I use my B’n’M Bumping Rod to feel every rock, log and contour down there,” continued Young. “The boat is slowly drifting backwards downstream, controlled by the trolling motor. If the bottom comes up you have to reel in some line to stay in touch. If the bottom drops into a hole you have to let some line out to follow the contour.”

“It is when you feel a rock or a log that you expect a bite,” advised Young. “Those fish are using the structure as a current break, just waiting for their next meal to come by. As you drop the bait to the backside of the structure is when you expect a bite. The more distance you can get behind the boat, the more bottom you have covered and the more likely you are to put a bloody chunk of skipjack in front of a Mississippi River Monster.”

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