Are you a free liner and use weights? Using this two part method I've seen over a 25% improvement when river fishing for Northern Pike on a small stone bottom with a 4-6 mph currentand them holding on. I AM SURE it will work on the "Big Cats" too!! PART #1 ~~~ Link your sinkers one behind the other (4-3/4 oz. sinkers = 3 oz). ~~~ If you pick up a 20# steel bar and drag it down a concete sidewalk you will feel every crack and joint BIG TIME vs dragging a 20# chain down it. Also this will soften the feel of the weight when they first pick it up or pull on it. PART #2 ~~~ Tie rubber bands from the weights to your line. ~~~ Guys & Gals this too will reduce shock and soften the feel of the sinkers when they pick it up and/or drag it. NOTE: PLEASE keep in mind to ONLY USE as little weight as NEEDED. "Good Hunting"