Here are a couple of pics showing a method I use to keep a bait susspended. We all know that 2 of the 3 main catfish species we pursue have an overbite while the third has an underbite so to speak. I fish primarilly for channels. I'm sure ya have noticed at times those bites where your rod tip bounces violently and when you go to do your hook set,wether it is "J" or circle style hooks ya miss the fish. Alot of times the fish is tryin to pin the bait to the bottom and work it around in order to get it in it's mouth. This method keeps the bait up off the bottom and allows the fish to easily get it into its mouth and go on about the bussiness of gettin itself caught. LOL! Its been "Tub Tested" and has improved my hook up ratio immensely. I fish with cut bait and live bait and have found that it is effective with both.