When the weather’s hot enough to fry eggs on the sidewalk, catfishing at night allows you to dodge the heat of the day and catch more cats in the cool of the evening.

“When the weather really gets hot, and most people roll up their poles and go home, I fish for cats at night to beat the heat and to get away from everybody else,” Jerry Crook, a longtime, well-known catfisherman from Gardendale, Alabama explains.

“Sometimes the fish just seem to bite better in hot weather at night. I primarily fish the bases of dams near the turbines. The Tennessee Valley Authority, which governs the Tennessee River where I primarily fish, usually cuts the water off at the hydroelectric plants by 8:00 or 9:00 pm, and I’ll start fishing then. I’ll try to get beside a turbine and either pitch my bait inside the turbine outputs, pitch outside next to the turbine or move into the deep water in front of the turbines. One of my favorite places to fish is below Wheeler Dam in North Alabama on the Tennessee River. I always gather my bait, shad minnows, during the daytime, when possible, before I go out that night.

“If I get to the lake late in the afternoon, before dark, I’ll often watch where the catfishermen who are fishing with jugs, are fishing. The jug fishermen will key you in on the right location to catch catfish at night.”

In my new eBook, “Catfish Like a Pro,” I interview some of the best catfishermen in the world, to learn the techniques for not only catching big catfish, but also for catching large numbers of eating-size catfish. Check it out here on Amazon.com.

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