The Ultimate Catfishing Quiz

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The Ultimate Catfishing Quiz
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About This Quiz

Old fish, new fish, bold fish, blue fish. It seems that Dr. Seuss was on to something when he wrote "One Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish." Take catfish, for example. They're blue, big and bold. But how do you go about making the big catch?
Why should you bring a partner when you go catfishing?
to witness the spectacle
to help you haul in the large fish
neither of the above
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

You might need a partner simply because of the sheer size of the catch.

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What does the amount of weight you need depend on?
the type of water and the type of line
the length of the rod
the type of bait you use
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Wrong Answer

The amount of weight depends on the type of water you're fishing in and the type of line you use.

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If you use minnows as bait, should they be alive or dead?
alive
dead
either
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Minnows can be alive or dead -- catfish aren't that picky.

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Whatever bait you use, what do you have to consider?
It needs to stay on the hook for an extended period of time.
It should be able to withstand a fair amount of movement without falling off the hook.
Both of the above answers are true.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The bait should stay on the hook and be able to withstand a lot of movement without falling off.

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A large float that has a fishing line hanging down into the water is called a:
trot line
jug line
throw line
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

It's called a jug line.

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Why is jug fishing appealing for children?
because it's an active sport
because the results are immediate
because they can wade in the water while jug fishing
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Wrong Answer

Jug fishing is an active sport because you're constantly checking the jug lines, not sitting passively. This is why it's so appealing for kids.

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What is the advantage of using anchored jug lines?
They prevent the jug from drifting across the water.
They are inexpensive.
They are so easy to use.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

They prevent the jug from drifting across the water because they are weighted down.

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What do free-floating jug lines have attached to the ends?
hooks
bobbers
lead sinkers or other items
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

They usually have lead sinkers or other items.

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If you want to go jug fishing in Kansas, what do you have to be aware of?
There are restricted areas for this in this state.
It is illegal in this state.
It is most popular in this state.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Jug fishing is illegal in certain states, Kansas included.

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When using a trotline, what can you attach one end of it to?
a stump, bank or sturdy tree branch
your boat
on overhead wire
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

You can attach it to a stump, bank or sturdy tree branch.

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Where do you attach the weights on a trotline?
near the water surface
toward the end
in the middle
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Usually, you attach them in the middle of the trotline, depending on the length of the line.

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While working the trotline, which of these items will you need?
a tilt bucket
a scraper
needle-nose pliers
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

You'll need the needle-nose pliers.

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How deep should the water be for trotline fishing?
shallow to medium depth
medium depth to deep
it makes no difference if you're experienced
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

The water should be shallow to medium depth.

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How many hooks are usually on a throw line?
three to eight
five to 15
10 to 20
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

There are usually five to 15 hooks on a throw line.

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Why would you stretch the throw line out on the bank before you start?
to keep the line from tangling
to prep it professionally for throw line fishing
to perform a safety precaution
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

You would do it in order to keep the line from tangling.

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In many states, you are required to tag your line. What must be on the tag?
your name and address
your name and social security number
your name and the date you dropped it into the water
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Wrong Answer

The tag should have your name and the date you dropped it into the water.

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The largest captive blue catfish, Big Blue, lived until November 2008. How old was it when it died?
26 years old
35 years old
43 years old
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Wrong Answer

It was all of 35 years old when it died.

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A rope swing going down into the water with some bait on it is called:
a plumb line
a limb line
a tow line
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

It's called a limb line.

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To successfully do limb line fishing, what do you have to know about the bait?
It should be alternated.
It should be consistent.
It should be of a certain size.
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

When you go limb line fishing, you should alternate the bait, not to mention the hook.

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It is said that catfish can walk. Can they?
no
yes
hop, not walk
Correct Answer
Wrong Answer

Yes, some catfish can walk, as eyewitnesses in Florida in July 2008 will attest.

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