How To Rig Your Pole For Catfish

how do you rig a pole for catfish fishing?

For catfish fishing, I recommend starting simple and small, and working your way up. When it comes to which gear to use, go with whatever is comfortable for you. If your rig feels clumsy, it’s not going to catch you lots of fish. Here’s what I would recommend to start with: Use a rod with light action. These are easiest to use, and if you feel like you might want something heavier, you can switch up later. Usually a 6 foot rod is good for starters, but go smaller if it feels better for you. 4/0 hooks are a good general size for catching catfish. Of course, hook size depends on what size fish you are going for. But, 4/0 is a good starter, and you can adjust later. I would also take along a split shot and some bobbers in your tackle box for when you want to switch it up. The best way to rig your hook for catfish fishing is to put a sinker weight on the end of it. Catfish like to lurk at the bottom, so you want to get your bait way down where they’ll find it. There are a bunch of different rigging styles, but the main point is that there is a tiny weight on the end, just enough to get it down deep in the water. You can even put your hook way down on the floor of the lake if you want to. This is an effective way to catch cats.


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

One Response to “How To Rig Your Pole For Catfish”

  1. ANDY says:

    so is it true that its better to catfish in the winter time? shad? where can i find them in the wintertime in the rivers?

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