Hardhead catfish are available in large numbers throughout the bays and gulf waters. You will find them in the Gulf of Mexico and in the Atlantic Ocean. This type of catfish isn’t good table fare, so for most anglers, they are a nuisance. If you can’t get the other fish to bite and you want some action, these are one of the easiest fish to catch in the ocean. They do fight good however, so if you want an easy target for some action, go ahead and target these catfish.
Best Baits for Hardhead Catfish
These fish are very opportunistic eaters. They will eat pretty much all cut bait and shrimp. If you find these fish in an area where you’re fishing, you may have to go with live baits to keep the catfish from biting.
Fishing Rigs & Techniques
Any bottom rig will work. Cast it out and let it sit. You can drift with the current too and do well with catfish.
Medium heavy rods and reels will get the job done. You can go a little lighter, but you probably shouldn’t in case you get a different fish to hit. You don’t want to lose a big redfish or snook while using light tackle while you target these catfish. 15 to 20 pound line is sufficient. A 20 to 30 pound leader is ideal due to all the other fish that may eat your baits.
Eating Hardhead Catfish
Most people do not eat these fish.