Choosing A Weight For Your Tightline Rig

When setting up a tightline rig – how heavy should the weight be?

This is a tough question, and it’s something you just have to get a feel for. 

The important thing is to get a weight that will keep still in the water.  That means that it has to be heavy enough to not get bumped around by the current.  It has to be heavy enough that you can pull it tight so there’s no slack in the line.  If you have any slack, you won’t feel it when that cat comes along and hits your bait.

I don’t think there is really any way that your weight can be too heavy.  As long as it stays where it is, you should be fine.  Remember that you’ll have to pull it up quickly, though. 

For your first time tightlining, I would recommend taking a variety of weights and doing a little trial and error.  Go into the shallows, drop your line, and see if it moves.  If there’s any movement at all, I would take it out and tie on a heavier weight.

As for what kind of weight to use, anything at all will do.  There is no particular shape or type of weight that works better than any other.  You can tie a tiny pebble on there if you want to.  Get creative with it!

The more you do it, the easier it will be to gauge how heavy the weight needs to be.  You’ll get to where you have your standard weight, and you’ll be able to tell by just looking at the water which one is best.


Dan Eggertsen is a fellow catfish fishing enthusiast to the point of obsession. :) He's been providing solid advice on catfish fishing since 2004.

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