Catfish Fishing in England

Catfish Fishing in EnglandThe catfish is a relative newcomer as a game fish species to England in comparison to some other species of fish. The Wels and Aristotle's catfish are two of the more prominent types of catfish that are currently thriving in the country. Found in many parts of England, the Wels catfish is especially prominent in the counties of Bedfordshire and Cambridgeshire.

Angling for catfish in England requires much the same tackle and bait as would be used in other countries, as catfish are typically bottom feeders and are capable of a terrific fight when hooked.


Difficulty: Moderately Easy

How to:

Things You’ll Need:
  • 8 foot or longer medium-heavy rod with matched reel
  • 15-lb. test line or heavier
  • 1/0 size hook
  • Sliding egg weight
  • Swivel
  • Bait (chicken liver, hot dogs or cheese)
Step 1
Locate waters that are known to have catfish such as the Wels. Focus on known fisheries, or managed waters, that are spread throughout the country. Obtain the appropriate license required to fish catfish waters and understand all rules and regulations, such as fishing times and bait restrictions.
Step 2
Rig 15- to 20-lb. monofilament fishing line with a basic catfish setup. Place a sliding egg weight on the main line and attach a barrel swivel with a Uni knot. Tie a 3-foot length of 30-lb. test monofilament line to the opposite end of the barrel swivel with a Uni knot.
Step 3
Attach a hook no smaller than 1/0 size to the end of the leader with another Uni knot. Moisten the knots with water or saliva before pulling them down tight.
Step 4
Purchase bait that is local to the area for cat fishing. Small roach, Rudd or carp bait fish are ideal as live bait for Wels catfish. Rig the small fish by inserting the hook through the bottom of the jaw, up and out through the nose.
Step 5
Cast the live bait fish along a shelf, drop off, structure or hole where a catfish could hold or feed. Allow the bait to settle to the bottom and hold the bait in a stationary location. Allow the catfish to take the bait and turn before attempting to set the hook. Maintain a tight line while playing the fish to avoid having a hook thrown.

Article Written By Keith Dooley

Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.

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