This tip was discovered on the Deleware river by a good friend of mine.
What you’ll do is setup a fish finder rig with a 4/0 circle hook. Use a 4 ounce weight.
Bait the hook with either fresh blue fish chunks or fresh sardine chunks.
Keep the bait almost frozen so the chunks thaw in the water.
Also, you want to keep the chunks fairly big so the small fish won’t keep hooking themselves.
Cast this out into a strong channel and wait for the catfish to hook themselves.
You’ll know because it looks like your pole is about to snap in half. Day after day this method lands nice fish for hours.
Obviously this is for areas where cats are in the 3-5 pound range or so.
Works like a charm!