What are the best places to fish for catfish on the Tar River? I went for the first time this week and caught one channel. I spent most of my time making new rigs because of the 10 hang ups on the rocks. I was at battle park near the boat ramp. I feel like there are better spots for large catfish. Can anyone help me out? I am willing to drive and walk to spots. Also, are the fish safe to eat? I have heard a lot of people say they are not safe due to all of the pollutants.