You are fishing and something heavy is pulling your fishing line. You try to quickly roll the fishing line, but the object still won't move or come to the surface. Chances are you've caught goldfish or catfish and there are only a few techniques you can use to catch these big fish without breaking your line.
Method 1 of 3: Corn Throwing Method
Step 1. Make sure using corn for fishing is allowed in your area
Some say that fishing with corn is illegal. Therefore, first know the regulations in your area.
Step 2. Set up your fishing rod
(Tie a hook to the end of the fishing line and add a small piece of weight.)
Step 3. Prepare canned creamed corn and open the can
Step 4. Take a handful of corn and throw it in the water
Step 5. Put about 3 corn kernels on a fishing hook and put them in the water
(Note: You don't need to throw the line. The line should only be a meter or two away from you and be ready to dip into the water when the time comes
Step 6. Wait for a minimum of about 10 minutes
(Be sure not to make any movement. Goldfish are very sensitive to movement.)
Step 7. If the goldfish has eaten your corn, you will feel a small tug or two and it is time for you to quickly pull your fishing rod
Step 8. Hold the fishing rod straight with the tip facing up
Step 9. Keep your fishing line tight because if the line loosens the fish can fall off the hook
Step 10. Do not allow goldfish to swim around logs or rocks
Step 11. The goldfish will eventually get tired and it's time for you to roll the line
Method 2 of 3: The Exhausting Fish Method
Step 1. Release the line as far as possible after the first throw and then prepare the bait
The fish will be caught off guard and thus will increase the chances of the fish being provoked.
Step 2. Roll the rope slowly and continuously
Goldfish will pull the rope tightly if they feel threatened. When the fish is exhausted, lower and raise the end of your fishing rod over and over again. This may not be the usual way, but it will make the fish lose its ability to fight back.
Step 3. Remember that if a net isn't available, don't hold the goldfish by the lips as you would sea bass
This is difficult to do and can tear the fish's jaw. Place one hand on the underside of the fish in front of the tail and the other between the head and belly. Hold firmly but don't squeeze. If it turns out to be a catfish, you may have to dive into the water and pull the whole body out.
Method 3 of 3: Corn Bait Method
Step 1. Find a river
Goldfish can be found in most rivers throughout the year.
Step 2. Find a place to attach your fishing rod
A large, flat stone is suitable for this. Set your fishing rod.
Step 3. Take some canned corn kernels and attach them to a fishing hook
This depends on how big the fishing hook is.
Step 4. Throw the fishing line and position the fishing rod at a 45-50 degree angle
You can use rocks or sticks to support the fishing rod.
Step 5. Take a handful of corn and throw it near where you threw the line
This will help attract fish to come.
Step 6. Wait for the fish to bite the bait
Step 7. When the fish bites the bait and you see your fishing rod move, grab the fishing rod and immediately pull the fishing rod in the opposite direction of the fish's movement
Step 8. Keep pulling and occasionally letting the fish swim away from you, but immediately pull back
The bigger the fish, the harder it is to attract the rod.
Step 9. Just wait a moment because the fish will soon give up
As soon as the fishing line is no longer moving, pull your catch.
- Be patient. Goldfish have good senses. Often times a lot of goldfish get loose because you are not patient.
- You can also lightly boil the potatoes instead of creamed corn.
- Let the fish win the first round if there is no place for the fish to hide and break the line. This will make it easier for the fish to be pulled.
- If possible, find a friend or family member to help you attract fish.
- Always pull the back of the fishing line in the opposite direction the fish is swimming. If you keep the fishing line straight, it will be easier for the fish to plan a way to escape.
- Remember the thinner the line and the smaller the hook the more goldfish will bite the bait. This will make it more difficult for the fish to pull in because they can easily break the line.
- Bring a net to hold your fish.
- The smell of creamy corn can attract goldfish to come.
- Bring an extra fishing rod to increase your goldfish's chances of biting the hook.
- Bring a net that you can use to put fish in then put the net back in the water and secure it with rocks. This will keep your catch alive longer.
- You have to loosen your grip when fighting fish. Once you find the fish exhausted and by using the dock or boat, tighten the tug and "take the fish home".
- Bring lots of hooks as the hooks can get loose by giant fish or even seaweed and shellfish.
- Often the hook will get caught in algae or seaweed.
- Most rivers have regulations about the minimum and maximum sizes of certain types of fish. Know these sizing rules if you don't want to get into trouble.
- Watch out for fleas and possibly snakes or other insects that may bite. Research the area where you fish.
- Goldfish and catfish can grow to a large size. Make sure you are able to do this before "committing" to hooking up.
- Do not litter where you fish. This can get you in trouble because sometimes things like fishing hooks can kill fish or injure other people.
- Goldfish have sharp spines on their backs. Be careful that these thorns don't pierce your hand.
- Be careful not to slip and fall into the water. The river can be quite deep just a few meters from the river bank. You can get injured or die if you drown.
Goldfish are very intelligent fish and if they see your reflection, they can quickly disappear. So it's best if you sit down when you fish. Goldfish are timid fish and will swim away if they see your shadow.