When To Use A Slipweight Rig

When is the best time to use a slipweight rig?

A slipweight rig is when you put a few weights on the line.  This way, you can keep your bait way down on the lake floor.  Using slipweights, you have lots of control over where that bait is, and you can also hide it under foliage or around rocks.

As you might imagine, a slipweight rig is great for catching fish like catfish, that are bottom feeders.

The best time to use a slipweight rig is when you are fishing at night.  As you probably know by now, night is a great time to catch cats.  This is because they head out to the shallows to feed.  They are looking for food… like your bait!

Catfish are known for sneaking along and grabbing that bait, hitting it real quick and light so the angler doesn’t feel it.  You lose a lot of potential supper because you don’t even feel the sucker when he hits.  One reason for this is that he can feel the tug of the line when you pull him up, and he knows to run for it.  The slipweight keeps him from feeling that weight, so that by the time he realizes he’s been had, you already got him.

I’d recommend every angler try fishing with weights a little bit so you can see how it works.  Once you see how you have control over where the bait lands, you’ll know when to best use it.  For most anglers, this method works best in the shallows when the catfish are looking for food in the evenings.


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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