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I found a lake to fish in that has a mossy muddy bottom & is only about 10-12 ft. deep at its deepest point. No cover in water such as trees, limbs, etc. Grassy bank all the way around. There are a few cattails in the shallows. Would I be better off fishing tightline on the bottom for channels or possibly using a float rig? I always use nightcrawlers for bait & sometimes cut fish. I know catfish tend to come into the shallows at night to feed. Any suggestions?
 

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I would try a slip float rig, so you can set the bait at the desired depth. I would try using stinkbait or liver for bait. If there is any other species of fish, they would probably devour your nightcrawlers. Using the dip baits or liver may up the odds on specifically catching cats.:0a26::0a18:

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Hey night crawlers and chicken liver if it dont have no structure in the water such as trees and stuff like that you can fish off some of the sand bars in the lake and alot of time at night the cats will come toward them sandbars and be feeding off some bait fish.
 

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I would try some chicken livers right on the bottom with a small slip sinker on a carolina rig. I fished that way in a small pond and tore up some good 5-10lb channelcats. Good luck!:big_smile:
 

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liver or cutbait would probably be fine. depending on the size of the lake, i might not use a sinker.
 
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