Size your hook to the amount of Hot Dog or cut bait you want to use. It works with straight, treble or circle hooks. I even like a wide gap 2/0 heavy bass hook. Lots of room for the bait and still get a hook up. Best Catfish hooks are 2/0 Gama Circle Red, Owner Mutu (make sure they are heavy, not light wire) and 7/0 Daiichi Red D84Z. What's your favorites? Friend me on Facebook and Subscribe to my WillCFish channel for more tips.
They will hit very aggressively right up to spawn and then again a couple weeks after. They don't all spawn at the same time so that doesn't mean some can't be caught. It may be a larger percentage of males during the spawn. .
I recently saw a report that there are more kids brought to ER for cigarette burns trying to get the ticks off than there are for problems with a tick bite. Two of the guys went into the woods to get a better look at an Eagles nest and came out with 17 Wood ticks and a Deer Tick, most not attached but I thought I would video this one on my Brother In Law. lol If they have been there a while they will cement themselve to you so pry up from the back end. They will also poop all over which is a good sign you have one in your hair if you see pepper on your fingers.
Here's a video of Muskies spawning in the canals at Okoboji. I missed the roughest part. and look how beat up she is at the end. Interesting how they went in circles head to vent. I'm sure releasing eggs and semen and then it was all over and the big female left. I always thought they swam side by side releasing but this tells me they stir the spawn themselves.
For those of you that fish cold water Smallmouth here is a (super slow under water walk the dog) presentation by fishing guide Doug Burns I videod last Thursday on Big Spirit Lake. Doug had lots of good tips so I ended up making 7 videos on dif. topics. Watch how he takes his hand off the reel every time so he doesn't move the lure toward the boat. Good stuff and he caught some nice fish. big was 19" Smallie.