Tips for Casting Catfish Throw Lines

Throw Lines are among the many kinds of fishing lines used for catching catfish. Catfish throw lines are an undemanding option and need little preparation. Catfish are commonly fished across various locations in North America. A cat fish throw line can be set from various locations, including a boat or shore and are ideally suited for river-based fishing.

Understand Catfish Throw Lines

A catfish throw line can be understood as a form of a typical trotline. A catfish throw line has a weight attached at one end. the other end is anchored out of the water. Several hooks are attached along the fishing line that thrown out into into water. Throw lines are preferred over trotlines as trots need some serious skills and aren't suited for people pursuing occasional fishing. Throw lines are better suited for catching channel catfish and blue catfish.

Use the following tips for handling the throw line:

Tip 1—Using Anchor & Hooks in Throw Lines

The anchor used in a throw line should be stable enough to bear the weight of the fish and the tugging action induced by the multiple catches along several hooks. If you plan to fish from the shore, it is recommended that the trunk of a tree or a camping pole be used as the anchor. Simple things like rocks can be placed on the anchored knot of the line to add more weight to it.

Most catfish throw lines range between seven and nine meters in length with about five to fifteen hooks. Understand that the size of hook and bait directly affect the size of catfish you are likely to catch. Using bigger baits and hooks essentially means that chances of catching the smaller kind are largely negated.

Tip 2—Determining Fishing Line Length

In order to ease the fishing, try to approximate the depth of the fishing area. This is needed for approximating the length of the fishing line. You can also rent a device like a portable fish finder for this. The throw line should be about 10-feet longer than the approximate depth of water. Nylon line is the preferred fishing line material for catfish throw lines. If you are using a fishing leader, stretch it to about 6 inches. Most state authorities require the fishing lines to bear the name/tag of the owner along with basic details, like the date of setting the throw line.

Tip 3—Pitching Throw Lines                                                          

Ensure that you first lower the baited line, into the water, and then firmly, secure the anchor. Don’t try to heave the line in an overhead manner. The baited line puts forth the risk of dragging you into the water. Try to pitch the line in a sidearm fashion with some force. Due to the anchored nature of the line, it is prone to snagging if jerked suddenly.

Tip 4—Retrieving Throw Lines

Try to retrieve the line in a controlled manner. The anchored nature of a throw line means that retrieving the line can be a bit slower. While doing so, ensure to maintain a safe distance from the whiskers of catfish. These are quite sharp and can easily penetrate the skin.