Clean and wash catfish good.
Mix up your favorite Brine ( Search for brine there's plenty of them)
In a pot I pour 1/2 gallon water
1/4 cup of salt
1/2 cup brown sugar make sure it dissolves
6 whole catfish around the same weight I like them to be around 3/4 lb or 1 lb
Take your favorite cooking spray and spray the fish with it. And then sprinkle black pepper and red pepper on them to your taste. I cover them with both.,
Most will call for a gallon of water and a cup of salt. But as the fish are not going to be held for a month. I cut my sugar back.
After getting the brine ready. pour it in a plastic container. And add fish. Let them soak for around 8 hours.
Take fish out of the brine. And dry with paper towels. And then allow to air dry they will get a light glaze on them.
I have a big half circle needle, And with cotton twine. I place the twine in the collar bone of the catfish. Allow about a 3" loop above the fish.
Then I use Hardwood dowel rods that are 1/4" thick. Mine are cut 17 3/4" long. Place the fish on the rod and hang them in the smoker.
I smoke them at 235 and it take me around 3 hours for the 3/4 lb or better fish. I take mine out when they have that golden brown color to them. No smoke as the smoker gives them all the flavor they need.
Hope you enjoy them. Each time I smoke a batch, There gone in a heart beat.