Catfish Basics #046 – Soft Bite Solution – Danny Sapp, Fat Boy Custom Rods
Channel cats begin to develop more aggressive eating patterns by August. Anglers can target them both day and night and expect good success.
Finding the channel cats will depend on water conditions, but I concentrate on channel ledges and/or the shallows.
Because conditions change, so can the bite. A 4-ounce weight might be called for on one day and a 1 ounce the next. Some days they will just be pushing the bait with their mouth. Anglers will find themselves missing a lot of fish.
When I experience these soft bites, my solution is to go to a smaller weight so the fish feels less resistance. This simple strategy change can result in a better bite and better hookup ratio.