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Discussion in 'Flathead Catfish' started by bobsmitter03, Mar 10, 2006.
How many differentrigs do you use and what are they?
I only use one rig for my river flathead fishing, standard slip sinker rig...Usually 30-lb biggame main line, 30-lb leader, Berkly Mcmahon swivel, and generally a 3 all the way up to an 8-oz no roll sinker..Gamagatsu 8/0 Circle hook, although I will be trying some 8/0 King Kahles this year.
thanks for the help i figured i try some different rigs this year
depending on the situation i'll use a carolina rig, 3-way, slip 3-way, slip float rig, slip float paternoster. i even experimented one year fishing for channels in lakes with a "hair rig" like you would use for carp but with cut-bait. it worked but i just got tired of trying to retie the rig.
From the main line we add a bead and a bobber stop. Next add a heavy gauge swivel. ON the other side of that , another bead then bobber stop, hook at the end. Makes a one line leader. a pyramid weight is connected to the swivel in between both sets of stops. Leave a ft or more for leader depending on the cover you are going to fish. More cover= less leader. Less cover=more leader
thanks and what rig would i use in no current to slow current. Would i still want to use one with a pyramid sinker on it or would i want to use a slip sinker rig
if i am in a fairly open hole not many snags i'll use a big slip sinker above a swivel and a leader from 18" to 24"..if i am in a tight spot with big logs i will use only between 6" and 12" that way he keeps fighting the weight of the sinker but, doesn't wrap around the logs....most of the time..lol
mostly use a fishfinder rig (like a carolina rig, with the sinker sliding on the line above the leader). I vay the sinker, though, according to where I am fishing (always in a medium sized river). I always try to use the smallest and least noticeable sinker I can get away with, so for casting straight behind the boat I use a 1.5 oz egg sinker. Short casts near the bank I usualluy use a 2 oz bank sinker. For casting accross the current out into the middle of the irver I go to a 3 oz pyramid that will hold better on the sand and not get dragged away.
I use the same rig as SangamonCatKiller it's a good rig. The only thing different this year im switching to disk sinkers.
I use a slip sinker rig. 40 lb Berkley Big Game mono line, 2-4oz no roll slip sinker, 50lb P-Line mono leader line, large 2 way barrel swivel, 8/0 gamakatsu octopus circle hook. My hook is snelled on with the mono leader line and both ends of the barrel swivel , I use a palomar knot.
egg sinker slip rig
I also am a slip rig kinda guy, but the 3-way rig is also good.
i have real good luck just sliding 5 oz egg sinker over my line and tying a 10/0 hook, put a shad on and cast. been seeing alot of differant rig styles on here but i was always taught if it aint broke dont fix it.
i use the carolina/flounder rig whatever ya wanna call it for the channels.
for the yellows i use 50 lb mono. a 4-6 inch live bluegill on a 12-14 inch leader about 18 inches above a 1 ounce pyramid sinker. oh, a 5/0 kahle hook.
I usually use 20# berkely big game with same as leader. Basically the same rig as flathunter uses. mainline run through snap swivel ( to change out heavier sinkers without having to re-tie rig and easier to transport rod without sinker attatched) ran through a bead, then swivel, leader and 8/0 gammy hook. I have tried 30# but it is hard to snap from a boat when ya get hung up.
I am also using pretty much the same set up as flat hunter. I know alot of guys laugh at using up to 8oz no rolls but in our heavy current and fishing from a boat alot of times a 5oz wont even make it to the bottom. I have seen it 25-30 yards our and be suspended 2-3 foot below the surface. I carry 3-8oz with me also and use what I feel is needed. I also started using a bead below the no roll, but dont know if that really does anyting. Fished for most all my years without a bead and I am not aware of any problems. It does look cool though.
I use a carolina rig with about 18" of leader and usually a 4 oz. sinker & small float on my leader to help keep the live bait up a struggling.