Back in mid May I was sitting in my rocking chair on the rear screen porch at my house, with the ceiling fan going to cool the area having my daily cup of Green Tea. For some reason I got to thinking about all the fun I had striper fishing back in the 80s and 90s on Lake Norman. Back then I was mostly a live bait fisherman for the stripers, but on real windy days I would pull hard baits (lures of all sorts). But, on near calm mornings and afternoons I would change my routine and pull a lure called a Devil Horse using a side planer board to get it away from the boat and close to surface feeding stripers. It was an awesome sight to see a ten, or twenty pound class striper nail the Devil Horse ! But that action slowly disappeared due to mother nature and over harvesting by fishermen in the early part of this century.. Now back to my thought process. In my mind I was going through all the different kind of lures I had used and most of which I still had safely stored in seven or eight tackle boxes in the garage. What I was trying to do with this mental exercise was to try to figure out what kind of hard bait (lure) would work best for catfish and hybrid bass. But I kept hitting a snag, such as, how are you going to leave a scent trail for the catfish with a lure ? Then it hit me, all catfish, regardless of their species, have thousands of sensors on their bodies, some for detecting odors, sight, touch (barbells) and electrical impulses from movement around them from other fish. Electrical impulses was the key. The Devil Horse has two small propeller, one on the front of the lure and the other one on the rear. The propellers would give off the electrical impulses that I needed, but I had another hurdle to jump over. How fast would I have to go using the trolling motor to get the small propellers to turn and would the speed be too great for a catfish to want to chase it down. The answer to that question would have to wait another day. Then the sixty four thousand question was staring me in the face. How in the world are you going to get a floating lure close to the bottom for the bottom feeders. Let me stop right here and tell yall that the catfish is not the only bottom feeder in our waters, there are Crappie, Bass, Hybrid Bass, Stripers, etc. Continuing with the thought process of getting the floating lure down close to the bottom. Like a flash, which really was taking a long time, I said why not use what you have been using for catfish, such as a Santee rig or a Carolina rig or something similar. Now here is what I came up with. I cut me a 44 inch leader (fifty pound test), because that is what I had on hand, and attached it to the Devil Horse and the other end to the swivel which was attached to the fishing line via the swivel. Then I cut me a piece of twenty pound test fishing (12 inches) line and used it for a drop sinker line and attached one of my homemade slinkies which might weigh around 1.25 ounces. I used twenty pound test line for the drop weigh just in case it would hang up, I could break it off and save my lure. A Devil Horse will cost somewhere in the range of $5.99 to $6.99 and a slinky only around $0.50 to a dollar plus. I rather lose fifty cent vs six dollars or so on this kind of deal. Now Im all set to try out what Im now calling Macs Catch All', but I will have to wait until the next morning to do it. But in life, there is always a but, I found that I had some chores to do of the domestic nature that morning and I got it done a little after ten bells. I had picked an area for this test that had a ridge that ran from the shoreline over to a large shoal. Water depth was five feet to thirty five and I had cloud cover and a lite wind. First thing to do was drop the Devil Dog over the side of the boat to check out how fast I had to troll to get at least one propeller to turn and I found out real quick that somewhere in the range of 0.7 to 0.8 mph would get the rear propeller to turn and close to 1.0 mph to get both to do it. I went with the slower speed. I had four rigs set up and I made my cast and fed out enough line to get the slinky weigh on the bottom. Before I could get to the ridge line, while in 25 to 30 fow I get a strike and its a Crappie close to two pounds. Then five or ten minutes later I get another fish on and its another Crappie, but a tad smaller than the first one. I worked the ridge line for a hour and a half and ended up with a mixed bag, of fish, such as the two Crappie, one Large Mouth Bass, one Spotted Bass, two small Hybrids (14 to 16 inches), one nice White Perch and a very small sunfish and four channel catfish. After this short outing I was overwhelmed with the results and then it dawned on me, I didnt catch a single Blue Catfish ! That I had to ponder for a spell. For the next week or so, I would go out for a few hours each morning trying to fine tune my technique, plus I needed to catch some Blue Cats with the Catch All system. The third outing I started catching the Blue Catfish, mostly because I was fishing where they were feeding, but not in great numbers. Then I added a WylieCat factor to the equation, I added a very SMALL piece of White Perch to the center treble hook and that morning in three hours I put ninth teen cats in the boat and had a few to come off. Word got around on the lake what I was doing, some of it from the USCA and scuttle butt from local fishermen that had watched me on the lake and chatted with me. Also I told my old friend Jake Bussolini about it and he thought I was kidding him or I had been messing with mind altering drugs. So it was set up that Jake would go out with me and see what I was doing with the lures. Yesterday, June 19, 2015 was the date set for show and tell. The first fifth teen minutes or so, nothing happen and I had one of those Oh **** moments ! Then I hit some deeper water than I had started in and Jake was bringing the fish in. The first three were eater size Crappie. Then the Blues and Channels turned on and at the end, we caught a nice size Flathead, which up to that time, had shown no interest in my Devil Horses, and it picked the perfect time to do its thing ! Jake is a well know author of fishing books and writes fishing stories for several regional and national publication and he's going to do a write up for two of the publication, which should show me in a favorable light. Here is a video of the rig and comments relating to the Catch All [video=youtube;woBhCyTZ6Lg]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=woBhCyTZ6Lg[/video] I'm still fine tuning the technique, but this I know. Any lure with a lip on it will not work, small or large lips, they dive and with this set up you only have about two feet from where the floating lure is hanging and bottom, so diving is a no no to me. If you have any questions, send me a PM and I will get back to you ASAP. Thanks for reading the articles in this section.