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Well, since I'm grounded now maybe someone could give me a little advice on catfishing from shore. I live in Eagan so the Mn river is close by. I have a catfishing rig (Cabelas brand) a friend gave me - he won it at some banquet. It looks like its about 10 ft long with a big open face reel. Is that over kill? Also, what kind of terminal tackle would I need? Bait? How to hook said bait? I think from reading all the stuff on this forum that I have an idea about where to try for them but could use some basic tackle info that will at least give me the illusion that I have a chance at something. Thanks.

Nick

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I don't think your rod is overkill.
For channel cats you will want to pick up some NoRoll sinkers in the 3 oz range(if you can't find them just go with large bank sinkers) and some 4/0 kahle or 6/0 circle hooks.Gamakatsu octopus or wide gap circles work best for me.For bait just buy some big suckers and cut them up in 1" to 1 1/2" chunks and hang them on the hook.So that your just going through the skin.
For flats...I like 7/0 kahle and a 3 or 4 oz sinker.Bullheads just under 7" are great bait as well as big suckers(8 to 12") or creek chubs.I hook the bullheads under the dorsal and cut that spine of.Just hook it enough to keep him on the hook.Point of the hook should be facing when your baited up.Suckers and chubs I like to hook in the meat just ahead of the tail.

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