Which catfish rig should you use?

The catfish is an amazing species that has been around for centuries. All types of anglers go catfish fishing because of the challenge and excitement this species provide. They can grow to some incredible sizes making them a great choice when seeking out a trophy fish but even the smaller ones can put up one heck of a struggle.
There are different types of catfish but the most sought out are the channel, flathead, bullhead, blue and white catfish. Each type of catfish has its own unique qualities that stand out and attract different types of anglers. One of the best ways to catch catfish is by using rigs but how do you know which one to use? The information below will help you decide.
When it comes to catfish tackle, the rig is something that every angler should have in their tackle box. It’s a very simple piece of tackle but one that can make a big difference in the amount of success you have when seeking out the catfish.
They’re inexpensive and you can buy them from your local bait and tackle shop, a variety of retail stores or you can buy from online. You also have the option of making your own rigs if you prefer. One of the great things about using rigs is the fact that they can be used regardless of which type of catfish you’re seeking out. This makes them a necessity for all catfish anglers.
Choosing the Right Catfish Rig
There are different types of catfish rigs available and they all can be used most anytime or anywhere. However, the most popular ones are the 3-way rig, slip bobber rig, slip sinker rig and the two-hook rig. Choosing the right catfish rig is not too difficult but it is important to know that the right one will depend on a variety of different circumstances. Some rigs will work better in certain circumstances than in others so, it depends on where you’re fishing, when you’re fishing and the type of bait that you plan to use.
Nevertheless, if you had to choose just one rig to use and to carry with you at all times, it should probably be the two-hook rig. The reason for this is because it’s the main one that can be used in most any situation with excellent results. The slip bobber rig is best used when fishing in shallow water while the slip sinker rig works best when drift fishing. The 3-way rig is best used when you want your bait to be suspended just above the bottom.
Benefits of Using Catfish Rigs
There are many benefits associated with using catfish fishing rigs. Of course, the fact that they do get results when used correctly is the number one thing that anglers take into consideration but that’s not the only reason they’re so popular. Catfish rigs are also cheap and easy to replace when lost or damaged. They’re easy enough to use that anyone can fish with them and they work great in all types of water. All serious anglers should have a variety of rigs in his or her tackle box.
When fishing for catfish you’ll need to have patience because this is one species that will strike when they want to, not when you want them to. They can be enticed to strike your line when you invade their territory but sometimes, you just have to wait awhile. Nevertheless, using catfish rigs can help increase the number of bites you get each time you go fishing.
Catfish rigs can be used with a variety of different baits including scent or stink bait. This is important because the catfish uses its keen sense of smell to seek out food. You can use live bait such as worms, night crawlers, minnows and crawdads as well.
The catfish is a very strong species that can break fishing lines and snap rods into from time to time. Therefore, it’s wise to use good quality gear when seeking them out. This way, you won’t have to watch a nice catch go swimming off because you used worn out or poor quality tackle.
The catfish are the most plentiful around submerged trees, stumps, sandbars, points, brush piles and similar areas where they can hide out waiting for a meal to come by. For the most part, they are scavenger fish that stay on or near the bottom of the water but sometimes they will suspend themselves above the bottom or move into the shallows.
It’s a good idea to take some time and learn how to use the catfish rig correctly. The weather, water temperature and the time that you go fishing will make a difference in the way the rig is set-up and which one you should use. Learning how to use them correctly will greatly enhance the performance of the catfish rig so you can get the most out of using them.

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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