New to the forum, sorry if this is in the wrong place. I live in San Diego, CA and they pay lakes here are stocked with channel cats. I made up some homemade bait from recipies found on the internet ie, shrimp marinated in Anise extract and hotdogs soaked in koolaid water and chicken soaked in koolaid water and garlic. I usually fish for trout and wanted to know if some folks could give me some good techniques on what kind of hooks, setup, etc. For trout I thread line through a barrel sinker, tie on a swivel, connect a treble hook on a leader and the line flowes freely through the sinker when the sinker hits bottom.