- Tie your mainline to one eye of a three-way swivel.
- To one of the remaining two eyes, attach a short 12-18 inch piece of line and then secure a ½ to 2-ounce sinker (depending on depth and current).
- To the last eye, tie another 2-4 foot piece of line, and then your hook.
- 1 What is the best rig to catch catfish?
- 2 Should you use a bobber for catfish?
- 3 What size hooks for catfish?
- 4 How do beginners catch catfish?
- 5 How do you attract catfish?
- 6 What is the secret catfish rig?
- 7 What is the best time to fish for catfish?
- 8 What kind of line do you use for catfish?
- 9 Do you fish for catfish on the bottom?
- 10 How long should a catfish rod be?
What is the best rig to catch catfish?
The egg sinker slip rig is, hands down, the most popular rig for still fishing catfish. Consisting of an egg sinker on the main line held in place above the hook by a lead shot, this rig is ideal for keeping the bait near the bottom, which in turn, allows a catfish to swim off with the bait with little tension.
Should you use a bobber for catfish?
Slip bobbers can be effective for blue catfish and flathead catfish also in some applications but for channel catfish, they’re the “go-to” catfish rig for many anglers. You might also find situations when fishing for blues and flatheads where you’ll want to fish with slip bobbers as well.
What size hooks for catfish?
A number two hook is a good size treble for very large catfish and the largest you want to go with. A number 6 hook is a reliable, standard size. You might use the number 8 if you’re looking for smaller cats. Trebles are ideal for punch baits and dip baits.
How do beginners catch catfish?
Simply add a float above the weight on a slip-sinker rig. Use this rig to drift bait slowly through wood-rich catfish lairs or over weed without snagging on bottom or in cover. Drifting a float also helps cover water from the bank. A jig head (link to the jig head article) tipped with bait will also catch catfish.
How do you attract catfish?
For catfish scents, the smellier the better. Ingredients like chicken liver, gutted fish, Limburger cheese and rotting shrimp are examples of things that can be combined together. The best stink bait is left to marinade for a few days and “ripen” so that the blend of scents is irresistible to the catfish.
What is the secret catfish rig?
In its simplest form, a paternoster is any rig where the hook(s) are on droppers above a fixed sinker. Besides a tidy presentation, this arrangement allows the angler to try more than one bait and you’ll often find paternosters with two hooks, or even three or four.
What is the best time to fish for catfish?
The best time of day to catch 3-seasons catfish is from an hour before sunset until 2 hours after sunrise and during the winter, from late morning until just before sunset. These are not hard and fast rules, but you will find the most active and hungry catfish consistently biting in these windows.
What kind of line do you use for catfish?
Monofilament fishing line is the best type of line to use for catfish. It’s comparatively cheap, available everywhere and is much easier to tie than braid.
If you’ll hold the rod and be ready for a bite when fishing for channel catfish, you’ll catch more fish, period. The bottom line is you need to be able to set the hook quickly. If you have superman like reflexes you will catch some fish but the fish is gone by the time most anglers get the hook set.
How long should a catfish rod be?
There are still advantages to a longer rod so you’ll want to ultimately use a catfish rod that is at least 7 feet long.