Wells Catfish were introduced to Home Farm
Fishery in 2003 following permission from the
27 fish were originally stocked but a few years later this number was increased to 81 following the
purchase of stock from Burton Mere, which was closing down.
Lee from Macclesfield 59lb Cat.
The largest fish caught so far weighed in at 61lb but there are larger
fish than that in the lake. We estimate that the largest Cats could be 65lb+ . In 2013 489
Catfish were actually landed with many more
being lost due to poor line strength.
We recommend an absolute minimum line strength of 18lb on the Specimen Lake.
Anthony from Crewe
52lb 8oz Cat.
BEST PERFORMING BAITS.
Various baits can be used to attract Catfish. The most popular and most effective are :
Matt from Leeds 30lb 8oz Cat.
DEAD COURSE BAITS
Probably the most effective bait for Catfish as it is their natural
choice of diet. Not usually taken by other fish
so when you get a run on deadbait it is usually a Catfish. Sold on site
at Home Farm, they must not be used from any other source.
James from Crewe 37lb
This is probably one of the most used baits and works well. Its smell attracts the fish and it is best used in 2 inch strips or a whole baby squid. Care has
to be taken to avoid the hook turning back into
Ox liver seems to work best and has accounted for a large number of
Catfish. It is best purchased straight from the butcher in 3-4
inch pieces. Prepacked supermarket liver does not
seem as effective.
Lobworms make an excellent bait for Catfish. A large bunch, popped up off the bottom, being the best presentation.
The main drawback is that the bunch will constantly be attacked by
smaller fish so check the bait every 45 minutes
These are a relatively new bait and remain unused on a lot of venues.
They give out very strong vibrations which only
seem to attract Catfish. The downside is that they are quite expensive at around £5 each and can bought online.
More Cats are caught on these than a lot of other baits. Fishmeal based boilies seem to be the most effective although
the actual flavouring to some degree seems irrelevant. Cat-Catcher
boilies can be purchased from Home Farm. They
are 30mm in diameter and their size deters
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