Rigging Your Fishing Pole for Catfish

What’s The Best Rigging Method?

Good question, but guess what? There is no right answer for everybody in every situation. This is because catfish are like people; they have all different personalities. And, there are regional differences, even within the same county. The best way to find the right rigging method is through a little trial and error.

You can get carried away with fancy rigging techniques that require particular gear and so forth, but you are always better off to use the simplest method possible. Start with what’s easy, and fine tune and tweak as you go. You’ll find that there is an almost endless variety of ways to rig your line. A few options include…

Swivels – A swivel is an attachment that allows the bait to move around more flexibly in a heavy current. Swivels help keep big bait on the line, and they also keep your line from breaking. Because they move with the current, they save your line from getting worn down.

Leads – Another important consideration is how long you want your lead to be. Basically, a longer lead will get the smell of that bait into a bigger area of the water. This is good for fishing large lakes and rivers. On the other hand, a shorter lead will protect your bait and line when there are obstructions in the water. Catfish like to hide out around obstructions, so a short lead protects your rig, and gives you more control over where you put your bait.

Circle Hooks – Most anglers these days will tell you that cats can’t resist their circle hooks. This is a big new trend in catfishing, and you might want to give it a shot as well. These are a bit costlier than regular hooks, though.

I can’t stress this enough – You have to experiment. No one rigging method works for everybody, but once you get out there and get fishing, you’ll figure out what works best in your favorite body of water.

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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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