Tips for recognizing catfishing
Catfishing is when someone fakes an online persona in order to create committed relationships such as deeply intense friendships or romantic/sexual relationships. Often this is with the purpose of gaining money, and sometimes it is just for attention or the satisfaction of ‘tricking’ someone into caring about them.
There are different stages of catfishing, and every catfisher acts a little differently. This is taken from my recent personal experience with a catfisher as well as the information I have been given from other people who were involved with this same person.
Meal on a Silver Platter
Before the catching happens, I focus on trying to present the fish with what they want to see when and how they want to see it. I spend my time on the water trying to visualize what my bait/plug/jig looks like to the intended quarry. Perhaps more specifically I actually try and envision how the fish will eat it. How is the fish’s mouth shaped? Does it inhale or nibble? From tuna fishing with high-speed jigs to fishing for channel cats in farm ponds with chicken livers, ask yourself “does this make sense?” and “is this the best way?” and probably more importantly “what is the local technique?”
One of the saltwater fishing magazines i subscribe to had a fascinating article a year or two ago on sailfish techniques in Florida. I was amazed how the tactics found most successful changed dramatically as you move up from the keys to the mainland… just a few miles for a fish that will travel. Local knowledge is king.
Gene Mueller’s report (click here to read) brought this to mind as he did a great job of describing where and how to target the catfish in his local waters (among other species). As a traveling angler (or perhaps more accurately someone who travels and wants to fish wherever he goes) the local places, timing, techniques and baits are of paramount importance. Now if I am in the area in the Winter I have the knowledge and now confidence that I too can enjoy a cool day on the water.
Gene recommends using what is commonly called a “fish finder” rig. I would argue that this is the most universal fishing set up I have seen. It (and its derivatives) is a successful and often primary method for catching a broad variety off species in both fresh and saltwater.
Sharing local knowledge allows us to enjoy our passion wherever we go-and to make friends as we go. I always welcome a new fishing friend.
I'm talking to this guy I met on bwam. And he's pretty cute. 6 years older then me, has a job and etc. But one thing that bothers me is that whenever I ask to webcam he takes forever that I say forget it and we haven't talked on the phone. Is it worth it?
I feel like someone is trying to catfish you. I wouldn’t keep talking to “him” without confirming he is who he says.
So does anyone else love Ryder so much that they were just happy that that Marissa girl let him sing to her and was like “Even though I’ve never actually talked to you before I’d love it if you called me?”
Like, okay, I still want to know who was catfishing him, but that girl was cute and so cool about how unbelievably weird the whole thing was.
Fishing for Bullheads
Despite the somewhat derogatory name, these prolific members of the catfish family have earned the grudging respect of anglers all over the world. Bullheads can be depended upon to bite at almost anything anywhere at almost any time of day, put up a worthy fight on the line, and once caught, make a tasty meal.
The standard angling technique for bullheads is still fishing. Unlike bass or musky fishing, there is no constant motion present in bullhead angling. Bullheads usually bite in two ways. In colder water, the line will twitch and move in spurts, but as the water temperature warms and the fish become more active, bites are signaled by a few light taps and a line-tightening run.
Bullheads are predominantly bottom feeders, making the use of a bobber or float unnecessary. It may actually keep the bait away from the bullhead by keeping it off the bottom or by moving the bait away from fish on a windy day. Even the most inexperienced angler can discern a bite without a bobber as bullheads rarely bite so lightly that they don’t move the line or rod tip.
Read the rest of the article: Fishing for Bullheads