for fishing a river this is my recommendation... use a bait shrimp if available is usually works well. Also I prefer a decent palm of my hand perch cut into 3 pieces a head, a body , and a tail (trash). personally I prefer team catfish hooks. they have the best hook up ratio in my experience an I appreciate the hybrid design. eagle claws are bad they just aren't ''good' IMO. I would also try doing what I call around friends a "pecker rig" (not the real name!) take you a 2-3 (depends of current) no slip wait followed by a bead, tie on a good swivel followed by a 12' leader line. put a rattle followed by a float approximately 3-4' above the hook and then a 5-0 circle hook. its basically a Carolina rig with a float/ rattle. I have caught fish without the float and rattle however have hood good luck since adding. here Is a diagram for what I do.