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I'm a northerner and super new to hunting mudcats. I'm headed south in a couple weeks to Texas. Anyhow, just wondering about different techniques and what not. Never heard of limb lining. Is this an old-fasioned, tried-and-true method? Or is it a newer technique?

How many different species of catfish are there in Texas? Similar techniques work for all species? Any help/pointers would be appreciated.

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Limb lining has been around as long as I've been out there. It requires you to tie up your own lines, and we usually fish with 1-3 hooks per line, with a weighted bottom. You can run and check them as often as you like, what we do is a morning run and rebait followed by noon and late evening runs.

On this particular trip we used cut liver and live perch when available with some dead shad.

If you are able to mix up a batch of soured maize, you'll be able to tear up the channel cats. While boat fishing, just pour a few cups of your recipe in the water and rod and reel fish over the spot. That should call them in.

We have channel cats, blues, and yellow. Channel cats usually prefer dead bait like worms, liver, cut shad. Blues and yellows almost always prefer live perch, and if you happen to find some live crawfish, that's a safe bet.

I have caught all three types of catfish on the above mentioned limb lines with the bait recommended. If you do make your own lines, I suggest circle hooks: the fish bite and stay on.

I hope this helps a little.

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