I'm pretty new to fishing and newer to fishing for cats. However, I'm HOOKED! Last month I managed 4 channels between 20-29 inches and one 30ish inch northern, plust tons of 24"+ dogfish and large carp. I'm having a blast catching rough fish from the shore and normally catch and release.
If other catfishermen/women/whatever want to target cats from the shore, let me know. I normally fish coon rapids dam, ford dam and some lakes.
If you've got short, stubby fingers and wear reading glasses, any relaxation you would normally derive from fly fishing is completely eliminated when you try to tie on a fly. ~ Jack Ohman, Fear of Fly Fishing, 1988