I prefer to find a nice sand or gravel bar or the downstream end of a tight bend and then throw a live 4"-6" perch into the still water. I like to use a 5/0 or 6/0 hook, a large snap swivel, and 20# mono. That's about all the weight I need. I won't add the weights unless I want to set it down out in the currents. By the time Mr. Whiskers walks out the slack and realizes he cant spit it, he'll run. Most of the time, when that happens, they have set the hooks themselves. The smallest fish I have removed from my favorite hole, using this bait and technique, was 8#. I have taken a 20# fish the same way. The Brazos rules.