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Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by dano40, May 18, 2007.
What is the best live bait rig for river flatheads?
Hoo-boy, that's a loaded question, I hope you have a high speed connection...
There's going to be lots of right answers, here's mine:
Main line goes through one end of a small barrel swivel, then through a bead, then ties to big barrel swivel.
Tie weight to other end of small barrel swivel with 12-16" of 10-12# mono.
Tie hook to other end of big barrel swivel with 8-14" of abraision resistant line just about the same test as the main line.
Dano it depends on your fishing method. Are you float fishing, drifting, or bottom fishing?:big_smile:
I mostly fish with a straight plain old carolina rig (egg sinker on main line, swivel, about 16 inch leader of 50 pound mono to a 4/0 or 5/0 Kahle hook).
Generally, though, I have at least one rod with a sinker slide instead of the egg sinker. That's just a plastic sleave tht slide up and down the line, with a sinker snap attached. The snap let's me change sinkers easily. This rig usually has a pyramid sinker on it so that I can get it to hold out towards mid river. The egg sinkers just go straight behind the boat, other wise the current will drag them there anyway.
a three way rig works well. tie main line to 3 way swivel, tie 12-18 in leader to thoer side. on this one put 4 oz no roll sinker. then tie 6 to 8 inch leader to remaining swivel and then tie your hook on. 5/0 octopus is my person al choice. this will keepo your bait off the bottom and still let it swim around a little. 5 to 7 inch gills, shad, or skipjack are the best baits to use with this set-up, but you can also use it with cut-bait.
Lately I've been using a three way swivel with sinker and hook, but before that I only used regular old split shot attached a foot or so above the hook. We sometimes experience a lot of hits as soon as the bait hits the water or shortly thereafter. I feel as though we would not have had those strikes if we were using a lot of weight because the bait would have sunk too fast. A majority of those strikes were in a river at the bottom end of a pool about 12' deep.
i would try as many diffrent rigs as i could untill i find the one that works best for the area i am fishing. for example at my local lake i use a drift weight and drift but when i fish a river or dam front at a lake i will use a slipbobber or bounce the bait just off the bottom, there are as ways to fish a river or a lake that there are oppionins