Few catfishermen use jigs,but there are situations when they can be just one more effective than traditional rigs with leaders.i was among the first to experiment with jigs for catfish,praising thier effectiveness in books and on tv. then first you should understand the theroy behind the thinking,to put it to use. a long leader results in less feel and less-precise bait postioning.the longer the leader is the less control you have shorting your leader from 2 feet to 6 inches and the presentation becomes a tighter package,but if you eliminate the leader all together you are in direct control and constant contact. one reason catfish anglers dont concider using jigs is that they fear the added weight might cause a fish to drop the bait.most jigheads weigh less than idems that the catfish eat..worring about catfish being cautious around a jig is unnecesary! cats seem to grab and run, channels like to grab and run and flatheads like to mouth the bait before they take off,typicall thumps you feel or see on the rod . and strikes on a moving bait are are aggressive. just remember! the greater the feel and more conrtol you have the more fish that will be in the boat.