for all the river guys out there i have a question...i was going thru an older issue of s.c. game & fish magazine while on my porcelain throne, and i reread an article on 'catching giant cats in tidal rivers'. one of the sources for the article was a guide who described a run-n-gun technique which puzzles me (i'm still painfully learning how much i don't know about tidal rivers, and being puzzled is all too common these days, but i digress.) anyway, he said that a tactic he employed was to drive his boat practically on top of a log jam (to the extent that he sometimes even steps off his boat onto it) and drops his line straight down. if after a few minutes he doesnt get anything, he runs up the river to find another one... apart from running the boat smack dab in the midst of things, it seemed like a reasonable approach. so after reading the article initially, i had figured i'd give it a shot... i found a gnarly logjam with swirling water and trees in a prime location, tied up to it, baited a fresh fillet de mullet only minutes from flopping around in my cast net, and envisioned the monsters waiting to inhale it below as i dropped my line straight down... only, it didn't go straight down. instead, my bait went on a turbelent loop-de-loop, figure-eight, drunken spiral, spastic roller derby ride that wouldn't end (it was like fighting an invisible fish on crack). so i added more weight. ten seconds later i was snagged. i re-rigged, dropped my line, flipped my bail when it hit bottom, reeled in the slack, and was promptly snagged in less than ten seconds again. to make a long story short; i couldn't put enough weight on there for it to reach the bottom without it getting immediately tangled (i tried every rig i knew of, from no leader to a lindy no-snag). the only thing that sorta worked was lesser weight (altho more than my very first attempt) which resulted in a compromise: the bait went some of the ways down before being whisked fifty yards downstream. i actually ended up catching a small channel cat this way, but drifting was definitely not the technique i wanted to use. so my obvious question is...how in the world do u get your bait to get down, yet not get snagged? the current was creating tons of little eddies all around the log-jam, is there some sort of sweet spot where it helps to drop your line (like in between the whirlpools, or smack dab in the center, or ...) what sort of rig should i be using? how much weight should i use? 5 oz. would get it down, but it was still shimmying around so much that it would get tangled almost instantaneously. should i just add more? etc. etc. all help would be greatly appreciated. God bless and have a wonderful day!