the catfishing rigs I use

Discussion in 'All Catfishing' started by CATFISHERMAN001, Feb 25, 2008.

  1. CATFISHERMAN001

    CATFISHERMAN001 New Member

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    I wanted to share with everyone the rigs I use in different waters. I hope you all find it helpful.
     

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  2. CATFISHERMAN001

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    Let me know what rigs you guys use if any different or if this has been helpful.
     

  3. shania

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    That's the Drift Rig set-up that I plan on using a lot this year. :0a23:
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  4. CATFISHERMAN001

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    I have had great success with them both.
     
  5. Flatheadhunter33

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    Ive been using the three way with a 3oz. sinker. i have not used a float on the line to the hook though. might be a good idea for me to start. Thanks for sharing the pics.
     
  6. comanchero

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    I like your drift rig set-up and may give this a try this season. It looks like it would work good when fishing deep water spots. I have been doing a lot of drifting the last couple of years and have used a variety of rigs with good success.

    The drift rig I normally use is set up without using any sinker weight at all. I will attach a picture of it for you to see. The only weight I use on my drift rigs is the weight of two swivels plus the weight of the cut bait itself. I tie a 1/0 snap swivel to my main line and then I use about a 24 inch to 36 inch leader that has a 1/0 barrel swivel tied on it. I hook the leader barrel swivel on my main line snap swivel and that is all the weight I use. I normally fish a 5/0 to 8/0 octopus circle hook tied to the leader. I use a good sized chunck of cut bait for drifting and the weight of the two swivels plus the cut bait will put that bait right down just ticking the bottom. You can watch the end of your rod jump as the bait ticks the bottom. I have used this rig in water from 10' to 30' deep with good success. I normally try to get my drift speed in the .5 mph to .75 mph range using a large wind sock to control drift speed. On windy days I will drift into the wind and use my bow mount trolling motor to control that .5 mph drift speed.
     

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  7. CATFISHERMAN001

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    The weight is to insure your bait stays closer to the bottom and depending on your drift you can regulate where the bait actually suspends with the size and location of the float. Thank you for your post. My brother uses your same rig with live bait and just free lines it from a anchored or on a dock position.
     
  8. BigCatter54

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    Thanks for the info, Might have to try those rigs this summer
     
  9. comanchero

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    Hey Jim - A few quick questions.

    #1: How long of a leader do you normaly run off your drift rig?
    #2: I see the leader is 100# test line - is that mono?
    #3: Are you running circle hooks? or J Hooks? and what size?

    Thanks,

    Steve
     
  10. CATFISHERMAN001

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    I use anywhere from 24" to 38" 100lb mono leader with a Gamakatsu 4X Octpus anywhere from 8/0 to 10/0 and all my swivels and 3ways are 1/0.
     
  11. CATFISHERMAN001

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    let me know if you try the rigs I use and they fair for you.

    Thanks
     
  12. cliff n york

    cliff n york New Member

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    well it looks like it works, how bigs that fish your trying to hold
     
  13. CATFISHERMAN001

    CATFISHERMAN001 New Member

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    that is a 51blr.
     
  14. kmcalester

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    Where can you get 100 test line that is not braided(Cabela's,Bass Prot, ETC)?

    I have not seen any in the stores here in K.C.
     
  15. CATFISHERMAN001

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  16. Old Bill

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    James, I've got a question that might sound real dumb....but why do you use 100# line on the leader and 50# line for the main line?

    Wouldn't it be better for the leader to break than the main line? What am I missing?

    Thanks for sharing the drawings.

    Bill
     
  17. CATFISHERMAN001

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    I use 50# mono for line a 100# leader. My reason is that the 50# is strong enough to handle any size cat that I catch but the leader is where the abuse from teeth rubbing and where the fish is going to try to snag or rub against rocks, or debris to get it out of its mouth so it will need to be stronger to absorb the possible abuse and still maintain at least the strength of the mainline.
     
  18. Treypd99

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    any luck using a slip bober
     
  19. Old Bill

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    Thanks James! Judging from the monster cat you are holding....I'd say that your method of rigging catfishing lines is working great!:smile2:

    Bill
     
  20. radish

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    James sounds like you have a good idea, I think I will try that,