What are the best rigs for live bait?

Discussion in 'LOCAL KANSAS TALK' started by LinesIN, Mar 24, 2009.

  1. LinesIN

    LinesIN New Member

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    Hi all!

    I'm a novice catfisherman, and have only been in KS 2 years now. I was wondering how you rig live bait for cats when fishing from shore?

    I've never caught a flathead, but I know they prefer live bait. I'm in Overland Park and might try for them at Lake Olathe, or whatever will hit the bait.

    Slip bobbers, three way rigs?

    Thanks in advance....
     
  2. arkrivercatman

    arkrivercatman New Member

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    Welcome to the BoC.
    I use both rigs, along with some others, when using live bait.
    I like one pole with a 3 way, one with a float and one misc.:smile2:
    If I am fishin tight to cover I just use a slip rig and let the sinker slide all the way down to the hook. Cuts down on the snags.
     

  3. billyum2

    billyum2 New Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Jared..browse around , ask and enjoy the wealth of information there is to be had on the BOC..
    :wink:

    Kyle has given some good examples..thanks Kyle.

    I might add that hook placement for me would be through the lip/gill in current or through the back with a bobber/float and tail if fishing on the bottom.
     
  4. ks catman

    ks catman New Member

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    welcome to the BOC I fish with a barrol swivle and depending on cover i use a 6 to 12 inch leader 50lb and a 6 to 9 ot hook hope this helps
     
  5. rush_60

    rush_60 New Member

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    Kyle gave good advice. I use the slip rig almost 100% of the time. Every once in a while I'll put a leader on their. I fish the missouri river and with the strong current and snags I dont like to give my bait too long of a leash.
     
  6. Katatonik

    Katatonik New Member

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    Kyle's system is good for searching for the depth the cats are at on that
    day, the slip bobber set for shallow depths and the three way for just
    above the bottom. This shows you where the cats are foraging, often
    they operate in loose schools of individuals which are about the same
    size usually. It's good to bring several different types of baits to see
    what they are interested in today. Some days, it has to be live. Early
    in the season, even flatheads have been known to hit on something
    obviously dead and decaying. Here's another interesting rig to try out:
    3oz. egg sinker, bead, barrel swivel on end of main line, leader of heavy
    mono about 2ft. long, clip a 1 inch round bobber about six inches from
    the end with the hook, tie a 5/0 Kahle hook on the end of the leader.
    The bobber just keeps the bait about a foot above the bottom.
     
  7. leadsinker

    leadsinker Member

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    Welcome to the BOC Jared
     
  8. kansas_catman_16

    kansas_catman_16 New Member

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    for flats i i do alot of three-way rigging or slip bobber if im casting from shore but if im ffishing from boat close to cover i do a saltwater technique with a jighead
     
  9. LinesIN

    LinesIN New Member

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    Thanks for the thoughts! I'll have to give it a try. I definitely see alot of good stuff on this site, hope to get a shot at some good size fish this year.