Don’t love hardheads? Cobia do!

Most Louisiana saltwater anglers hold hardhead catfish in contempt, but tough cobia love gulping down the spiked fish.

Hardy fish, cats stay on the line a long time. Use cats about 8 to 12 inches long, and free-rig them on drift lines or attach them to balloon rigs.

When fishing a catfish on the surface, put the hook through its back behind the dorsal fin.

Anglers can also bottom-fish with cats by hooking them through the lips and placing them on a Carolina rig.

To make a Carolina rig for live bait, slip a sliding weight on the main line and tie a barrel swivel to the end. The swivel keeps the weight from sliding down to the hook. On the swivel, attach about a 4- to 5-foot long leader to give fish room to swim at the bottom.

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About John N. Felsher 5 Articles
Born in New Orleans, John N. Felsher grew up in Slidell, La. He worked as the outdoors editor for several Louisiana newspapers including the Lafayette Daily Advertiser and Lake Charles American Press. An avid sportsman, he’s a full-time professional freelance writer and photographer with more than 3,300 bylines in more than 160 different magazines. He also hosts an outdoors tips show for WAVH FM Talk 106.5 radio station in Mobile, Ala. Contact him at j.felsher@hotmail.com or through Facebook.

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