Catalpa worms feed on the leaves on catalpa trees and can cause a lot of damage eating away at the foliage. However, these big caterpillars are really enticing to a variety of fish species and catfish are no exception. Flatheads, bluecats and channel cats all love eating these fat, juicy worms. CatDaddy says that the juice they ooze when threaded onto a hook is the secret sauce that the catfish love so much. Because of their size, CatDaddy says you only need one to two worms at the most for a 5/0 or 6/0 hook. The smelly, greasy liquid that oozes from their bodies acts as an attractant. Because the catalpa worm isn’t prevalent in the areas that he fishes, CatDaddy says it is especially effective as the catfish are curious about the new offering. It’s one hot little worm, CatDaddy says, and it’s been really effective at producing 4 to 5 pound cats consistently.
Listen in as CatDaddy, owner and guide at CatDaddy’s Catfishin’ Adventures, talks about changing up your bait for more success. He’ll also talk about what anglers should be thinking about heading into the fall months, like stocking up on shad so you’ll have shad sides and shad guts for coming months.
Hook ‘em in the mouth,