drift fishing for blue catfish

Discussion in 'Blue Catfishing' started by illinoiscatfish, Aug 30, 2009.

  1. illinoiscatfish

    illinoiscatfish New Member

    Messages:
    31
    State:
    illinois
    ok i am just starting to get into drift fishing and i am confused on what the right way or better way of doing ur rig. i have seen guys do the rig with the slinky weight and a float in front of ur bait to keep it off the bottom and ive seen a guy hang it off the side of his boat with no float and he reels it a foot off the bottom so his weight just keeps it down. what do u think about this and how do u prefer to rig for drift fishing???:confused2::tounge_out::embarassed::crazy:
     
  2. slikk03

    slikk03 New Member

    Messages:
    2,507
    State:
    illinois
    we just drop a 1 oz or less, off the boat with shad with circal hooks, on bottem
     

  3. cathog

    cathog New Member

    Messages:
    855
    State:
    Lone Oak Texas
    It totally depends on whether lake or river fishing. The rigs are different for both.
     
  4. Mickey

    Mickey New Member Supporting Member

    Messages:
    14,592
    State:
    Illinois
    Craig check the BOC members library for more info on drift fishing. Like posted above there is different ways to drift depending on lakes or rivers.
     
  5. illinoiscatfish

    illinoiscatfish New Member

    Messages:
    31
    State:
    illinois
    i only fish lakes
     
  6. catfishscotty

    catfishscotty Well-Known Member

    Messages:
    4,388
    State:
    mo
    heres a couple examples of drift fishing in ((( LAKES ))))

    you need some sort of drift sock to slow you down when the wind is blowing target speed to drift is around 1/2 mile per hour if no wind we use our trolling motor to pull us around ,

    then most of us run our lines from 200 feet to 80 feet behind the boat letting them drag along the bottom ..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r-7K_VQ5fc4

    ..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EQ_fPqsA3wM

    ...

    NOW DRIFTING FISHING IN A RIVER ,, SOME CALL IT SPIDER RIGGING OR BOTTOM BOUNCING ALSO

    heres the set ups and a couple of example videos ..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIct8ybZKVo

    ..

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cgeZGT561pc

    ..

    hope this helps ya plan your attack for either a lake or a river

    doing drifting :big_smile:

    good luck guys and gals !!!!
     
  7. catfishinsc

    catfishinsc New Member

    Messages:
    507
    State:
    SC
    I prefer the first way you describe dragging it on the bottom. That way, you don't have to keep adjusting your lines. I've heard of people being successful doing the other way, but I've tried it and didn't like it. It's tough to keep adjusting your lines to keep them off the bottom unless you're only using one or two rods. If you let it get on the bottom you'll most likely get it snagged. If the depth is fairly consistent where you're at or you pull it high enough not to worry about hitting the bottom that may be a good way to fish.
     
  8. kitsinni

    kitsinni New Member

    Messages:
    1,573
    State:
    Ohio
    I much prefer to drift without the rigs touching the bottom. I just use an old fashion Carolina rig most of the time and it works fine. Ideally I like to use line counter reels to know exactly the depths I am targeting. I have had very good success fishing this way. If I was going to drag I would use a three way rig with the weight on the bottom.