I have found that A good set of Rod Holders, make bank fishing for cats much more enjoyable. They also keep your reels off the ground, thus protecting them from dirt, mud and sand. Forked sticks will work, but they are a pain to find at times, as well as keeping them secure in the ground can be a hassle. Here is a couple pics of Rod holders I use. The first one I would like to thank My friend Buckeye-Tom for. They are constructed of rebar, and are very heavy duty.The second type I use is just a version of a forked stick, However these keep your rods much more stable, and are easy to get in the ground...I would suggest finding someone in a shop, Or with a welder to fabricate a quality pair of bank rod holders for your fishing enjoyment...I have had large flatheads hit rods siting in the heavy duty rod holders, if if you have them in the ground secure, they cant pull them out, excellent for circle hook fishing when you want the rod to "load up"