Ok before you beat me with your giant cat rods and everything can you give me some advice/help on cats. I mostly fish for crappies, so I don't have a lot of "training" on cats. I've caught some in the past while crappie fishing. I'm planning on fishing a pond/lake this weekend that I know has a good population of smaller cats (I would say up to about 3 pounds). My main question is how do you hold a catfish? I've always used a pair of plyers or a towel and plyers combo to pull the hook out and let it fall back into the water. I've always been told it's pretty painful if you stuck/stung with their wiskers. What's some good baits to use also? I've always got them on crawlers and minnows. I think I'm going to try crawlers and see what happens. When would be a good time to fish for them? I was thinking abuot going around 8-9ish as it's starting to get darker. Is this a good time? Thanks in advance for the help.